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5 Things that the Orisha Babalú Ayé likes What does this deity symbolize?

Babalu aye

Babalu Aye It is one of the most popular Orishas in Cuba, the one to which the desperate, the sick go.

Characteristics and qualities that define the Orisha of the disease:

He is highly respected in the Santeria, as it is responsible for curing all kinds of venereal and contagious diseases such as leprosy, smallpox and in general any type of pests.

1. The night, stage of the day that represents it

Babalu Aye it hides during the day between ivy, cundeamor and coral to protect itself from the sun. He prefers to always go out at night.

2. Attributes and objects of power

As attributes, this Orisha has:

  • two puppies,
  • a pair of crutches and
  • a triangular shaped bell made of wood.

Their Elekes (necklaces) They are made with white beads with a fine blue stripe.

Some are also made by interspersing accounts of Oyá red and black.

Among the objects of power of this orisha are:

  • Un ajá, Also called Babalú Ayé's broom, It is a bundle of rods made of corojos or coconut palm and a piece of bag tied and adorned with beads and snails.

3. The Offerings from his faithful

Offerings made to Babalu Aye they are usually:

  • roasted corn, roasted corn on the cob,
  • burnt bread,
  • different grains,
  • corojo, and jutía and smoked fish,
  • coconuts, onions, and shelled garlic
  • beverages such as dry wine,
  • beef neck, among others.

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Animals such as:

  • Guinea fowl, roosters, pigeons and bearded goats.

Their Ewes (herbs) are:

  • Cundeamor, sargassum, sassafras, scorpion, apasote ateje, botija piñon, ubí bejuco, caisimón, basil, sarsaparilla, alejo macho, artemisa, caguairán, cenizo, copaiba, cherimoya, yellow bejuco, earthworm bejuco, cardosanto, cabolletas, ortiguilla, incense, millet, pica pica, etc.

He is one of the most revered Orishas in Cuba when his day is celebrated, on December 17, in syncretism with Saint Lazarus.

4. Provide healing and healing to humanity

Those who are really sick and in desperate situations go to Babalú Ayé.

The saint likes to do miraculous cures, because he is the Orisha of:

  • Leprosy,
  • smallpox,
  • venereal diseases,
  • the pests,
  • misery and
  • mortal diseases.

This is the Yoruba story that tells of the Orisha's relationship with illness.

Pataki of Babalú Ayé in the Yoruba religion

And it is that the Stream, who Babalu Aye He was a womanizer and Oshun herself, who was his wife, abandoned him.

A Holy Thursday, orula He warned him not to go out with women and, ignoring the advice, he continued on his way.

The next day he woke up with his body all covered with purulent sores.

People ran away from him and only some dogs followed him. Finally, Babalu Aye died, but Oshun gave him pity and managed to Constitution bring him back to life.

Babalu Aye he returned to earth as a charitable and merciful saint, because he knew what the sick suffer.

5. The Dance of the sick that destroys the bad

Babalu Aye he dances like a sick person, with his back bent and his hands stiff.

He limps and is very weak, so he falls several times.

He seems feverish and makes movements to fluster the flies that land on his open wounds with his ajá. He also makes gestures of sweeping the air to cleanse it of bad influences.

In their religious ceremonies:

  • As the bakini bakini is being made, water is spilled on the floor.
  • Attendees then wet their fingers and run them across their foreheads and behind their necks.
  • They then kiss each other's hands to protect against disease.

Learn more about Babalú Ayé and its characteristics, prayers, rituals and more.

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