Inle: warrior and medic of the Osha
Inle or Erinlé is an androgynous orisha and according to mythology has a very particular beauty, he is half man and half fish, he lives on land and also in water.
He is the doctor of the Osha and the owner of the river and its fish.
Its name in Yoruba is Inle Ayayé which means "the food that the earth gives" and is characterized by being a spirit of good, that comforts families, supports and seeks to alleviate the afflictions of others.
Deity that represents the extractive economy (especially fishing and gathering), therefore, like Orishako, personify the earth and human sustenance.
The Orisha Inle is a hunter and fisherman and is a guide and protector of fishermen and walkers.
Greeting and colors that represent it:
Inle is greeted with great respect saying: Maferefún Babá Erinle!
He is dressed in blue, yellow and white and several snails adorn the suit, mythology tells that he is physically a very beautiful deity.
Its colors are green and a combination of blue and green.
Attributes and syncretization:
As part of the acculturation process between African and Catholic religions, he adopted the name of a Saint, he is syncretized with the Archangel Raphael and his feast is on October 24.
Among the attributes of Inle are several fishing tools, a white metal cross-shaped pedestal that has pestles and little fish on both sides. In the center of this two pestles, two rings, hook, pita, net and 18 snails are screwed.
He is a very respected divinity within the Yoruba pantheon, a doctor who heals and protects, is kind and very protective.
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