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Symbolism of the colors in the Rule of Osha-Ifá To each orisha a color!

Meaning of colors in Santeria

Each Orisha in the Yoruba religion It is identified by colors and it is important to know them because they are present in the titular Orishas of each one of us, in their attributes, ceremonies and in the consecrations of Osha, in which they are essential.

But in addition to knowing which Orisha each color corresponds to, you must know the meaning of each of them, their mysteries and all the beauty they represent.

Do you know the meaning of the Ritual Colors in Santeria?

  • Red color: This color represents the determination and liveliness, passions and desires, love and strength, intensity and fire of the Orishas Shango, Aggayú and Elegguá.
  • Black color: It is associated with elegance, formality, death, mystery and the unknown of Eshú and Eggun (spirits).

The color black is linked to the night and is synonymous with authority and strength, like the orishas Oggún and Elegguá.

  • El White color: This color represents the light, peace and purity of Father Obbatalá and Oduduwá, also the innocence, goodness and perfection of Osun the watchman of men.
  • Yellow color: Color that represents the light of Olorun, the joy and happiness of the goddess of love Oshún, the energy and intelligence of Orunmila the fortune teller and Oracle of Ifá.
  • Purple color: Color that is obtained from the union of the energetic red color and the spirituality of the blue color.

It represents the power, royalty, ambition, wealth, dignity, creativity, and the wisdom of the great orisha of the disease Babalú Ayé.

  • Color blue: Blue is the color of the sky where Olofin and Oloddumare reign, and blue is the sea of ​​mother Yemayá.

The meaning of the colors and blue tones in Santeria represents stability, forgiveness, dignity, and frankness, the great immensity and power of the oceans of Olokun and Yemayá.

  • Green color: Tone that represents the nature of Osain del Monte, also growth, renewal, freshness, fertility and fullness and healing.

Colors that correspond to each Orisha in the Yoruba Religion:

Orishas costumes

Elegguá the lord of the roads:

His colors are the red of the force and the black of the unknown, he also has the combined white color.

Oggún the owner of the iron:

Its colors are green and black and also purple or purple.

Yemayá the goddess of the sea:

Its color is the blue of the waters, this color also belongs to Oshosi the vigilante and hunter who always carries a bow and arrow.

Shango the king of drum and fire:

Its color is the combination of red with white, this color also belongs to Aggayú Sola, the giant of Osha.

Oshún the queen of honey and rivers:

Its color is that of the sun and joy, the beautiful yellow. Tone that symbolizes wealth like gold, everything good, new opportunities, beauty and the intensity of life.

Obatalá, the white father:

The color of Obatalá is the same representation of peace and purity in the world, white predominates in its deity, a color that emanates tranquility, wisdom, the pure and innocent of the universe.

Oyá Yansa, the lady of the spark:

Its color is brown, the color of Mother Earth, where we will all go to rest one day.

Babalú Ayé or Azojuano the lord of the disease:

Its color is purple, which represents healing through this great Orisha.

Orunmila the fortune teller:

It is the combination of green and yellow the colors that symbolize their deity. Represents wisdom and sanity.

Iku, the Yoruba death:

Its color is black, a color that symbolizes the hidden and the mysterious. His deity is related to the world of the dead and spirits.

Learn more about the Orishas of the Yoruba Pantheon:

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