Obatala he is the father of all children on earth, he is the creator of human beings and everything that habita in the planet.
Therefore, it governs all parts of the human body, mainly the head, thoughts and human life.
We present 10 characteristics, qualities and tastes of Obatalá.
1. The white of purity
Obatala is the owner of whiteness. It is governed by the color white as a symbol of peace and purity.
He is the owner of white metals, especially silver. And it is that this Orisha likes everything clean, white and pure.
2. The creation and origin of the Earth
It represents creation and the magnanimous and superior, but also pride, anger, despotism and people with physical and mental defects or difficulties.
In nature, old Obatalá lives in the mountains.añas and the high elevations of the earth, from there he cares for and protects his devotees.
3. He loves to show respect
He is characterized as a father full of patience and love. Among his many qualities, he is the one who brings intelligence, peace and calm to the world.
However, he does not tolerate disrespect and does not admit to getting naked in his presence.
4. God of purity, white or silver objects
Obatala he lives in a tureen that can be made of silver, some silver metal or white slab. That is your receptacle.
Its attributes are a silver bracelet, igbín (snails), slugs, two ivory, mother-of-pearl or white onyx eggs, it also has white Iruke (horsetail), majá, sun, chain, full moon, half moon, a hand holding a scepter, a crook (poayé), metal doves and an agogó or silver bell.
Their elekes (necklaces) are totally white, in other cases interspersed with colors depending on the path.
5. Dance with gentle movements
Those who honor Obatala Through dance, they imitate the soft and bent movements, typical of a very old person, since this deity is represented as a loving counselor and father.
The god also dances as if he is brandishing his sword, speaks very softly and makes predictions. Likewise, clean up bad energies with the Iruke.
Offerings to the father of all children on earth
6. White offerings
A Babysitter, as his children affectionately call him, white doves, white chickens, white goats and white guinea fowl are sacrificed to him.
He is also offered rice pudding, meringue, silver dragees, soursop, pomegranate, birdseed, yams, cocoa butter, cascarilla, corn, white flowers, especially that of cotton.
Their ewes (herbs) They are acacia, chicory, bell, cotton, white piglet, mugwort, atiponlá, virgin vine, saffron, lily, white canutillo, coconut, African coquito, gallant by day, gallant by night, incense, mallow, sage, clover, etc.
7. The number 8
His number is 8, so he is represented in a white suit, tied with a red bandana at the waist and 8 handkerchiefs hang from it.
8. The sweets
El creator of human beings He is a lover of sweets, and adores some such as white custard, rice pudding and fruits such as sugar apple, pomegranate and coconut.
9. Cleanliness and hygiene
The santeros warn that obbatala must be treated properly bañado and clean. In addition, his secret cannot receive the sun, the serene, not even the air.
10. Devotion of his children in his day
obbatala, seen as a loving and attentive father, will help those who find themselves in difficult situations. The father of all is merciful, he cares for diseases and as the owner of everything white he is also protector of the health of his children on earth.
The special day to pay tribute and show devotion to him in Cuba is September 24, the day of the Virgin of the Mercedes who represents him in the Catholic religion.
During that day, his devotees should show him devotion and respect, saluting the deity saying Jekúa Babá!
Many go to the church to ask the virgin and then they hold parties in the name of the Orisha.