In a previous post we explained the meaning of the Orishas necklaces in Santeria, why they are used as a sacred element, how important they have been in history and the great religious significance they have.
In this post we will describe some of the most representative necklaces, but it is important to point out that the same Orisha can have different types of necklaces that represent them, depending on the paths of the deity.
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- En Obatala the white color predominates, which is the color of purity.
- It is made entirely of white beads, sometimes it can have the other beads red depending on the path.
- In this necklace the brand numbers may vary according to the path that is defined.
- It is made up of red and black beads.
- 3 red and 3 black are placed, then one red and one black, intermixed until completing 3 of each.
- It can also be made up of alternating red and black beads.
- The brand of Elegua It is the 3.
- On an Eleggúa road called Eshubarakikenyo, the necklace would be black and white.
- It is made up of black and green beads.
- Put 7 green and 7 black, then one of each intermixed until putting 7 of each, continuing later from the beginning.
- 3 and 7 is the mark of Oggun.
- The color red is also often used in the threads.
Another example in the Oggún necklaces:
- 21 black beads, 7 green, 1 red, 1 jet black, 1 red and 1 green.
- As a base necklace, it can also be strung with black and transparent green beads, especially when the person has the knives (that is, the attribute of a saint).
- Also used in the string is a tusk and a cowrie (distinctly African snail).
- The necklace is made up of white and red beads.
- They put 6 red and 6 white, then a red and a white intermixed until completing six of each, starting again, until the desired length is obtained.
- It can also be made up of alternating red and white beads.
- The brand of Monkey It is the 6.
It is made up of white (water or glass) and blue beads. The brand of Yemaya It is the 7.
They are strung as follows:
- 7 crystal and 7 blue, then one crystal and one blue, complemented by 7 of each intermixed and start over, following the same order.
- Yemayá necklaces also depend on the road.
- His accounts are all yellow.
- The brand of Oshun It is number 5, but their necklaces are varied depending on the path.
- The path of Oshún Ololoddi: 15 honey colored beads, 5 yellow, 5 green and Amber.
Necklace of Oyá:
- This necklace may be one of the ones with the most paths, but we are going to offer you the one that is used the most.
- It has 9 black and 9 white beads, then one of each intermixed, until completing 9 of each of them and again starting from the beginning.
- The brand of Oyá It is the 9.
- Oyá represents all colors.
Babalú Ayé necklace:
- Necklace Babalu It is composed of white beads with blue stripes.
- Purple with thin aqua blue stripes is also often used.
- Snails are also inserted into this necklace, depending on the path.
Orisha Oko Necklace:
- 7 pink beads are strung, followed by 7 pale turquoise blue, to the desired length.
- The brand number of Orisha oko It is the 7.
Necklace of the 7 African powers:
- The necklace of the Seven African Powers It is worn across the chest and can only be worn by those seated in Osha.
- It begins to be made with a large white crystal bead followed by a white one, a blue, red, yellow, black, green and brown one.
- Start again with a white one, until it is the length you want, closing the necklace with the large glass bead.
Among the Orishas necklaces this is considered very powerful, the Seven Powers represent in the Rule of Osha-Ifá the main deities of the Yoruba pantheon: Shango, Orula, Oggún, Eleguá, Obatalá, Yemayá and Oshún.
- Necklace orula It is made of alternating green and yellow beads, one of each. The representative color of this deity is green.
Orunmila's necklaces and bracelets are among the most recognized, among the Orishas it is highly revered and its devotees carry their amulets with great pride and respect.
Aggayú Solá necklace:
- The brand of Aggayu It is the 9.
- It is made with 1 brown bead and 1 soap water color, until making 18.
- This necklace must be put in 9 colors, in other cases only 3 are used.
- You can also skip the colors.
- It is composed only of coral colored beads, or alternated with prussian blue beads.
- Its brand number is 2, 3 and 7.
- For its preparation the thread is double.
14 blue beads are used in each strand, the two strands are joined together and 3 honey-colored beads, 1 amber and again 3 honey beads are passed, continuing in the same order.
Most of the time to the necklace oshosi 3 snails are inserted and you can even put a coral, it is also possible to add chains, amber beads, snails, corals and even a leopard tusk.
- It is formed with sixteen white beads and eight punctured (very bright red), alternating.
- This necklace of Oduduwa it can also be made up of alternating white and green beads.
- It is made up of pink matipós (translucent or matte glass beads stringing system). Necklace Yewa It is very beautiful.
- There is no specific brand number for this deity, although 21 light blue and 3 yellow beads are usually used in the making of their necklaces.
- For Inle there is another base necklace that is made with a dark blue bead and 3 yellow ones, alternating until the desired size.
- The brand number of Obba It is 8 and 5, their necklaces are made of pink beads and sometimes lilac, as well as alternating pink and yellow.
All the necklaces of the Orishas provide equal protection and are sacred, the spiritual load they carry is very powerful, therefore they must be respected and worn with faith and love for our religion.
Through them the Orishas offer us their Ashe, the one who wears the greatest number of necklaces is not the best religious, we must always respect each other as brothers of this beautiful religion.