Omolu is a Brazilian path of the West African spirit also known as Babalu Ayé. Omolu not only transmits disease but can heal any illness.
His hair and scepter are adorned with cowrie shells because, like the shells of the deepest sea, he is privy to secrets. (That’s the poetic, romantic reason; cowries were also perceived as resembling burst smallpox pustules.)
Babalu Ayé; Olokun
Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Fairies, Genies, Demons, Ghosts, Gods & Goddesses – Written by : Judika Illes Copyright © 2009 by Judika Illes.