Orunmila

Orunmila : The Sky Knows Who Will Prosper

Orunmila is the sacred diviner. He is the master of Ifa, a complex, sacred system of divination. He also taught people cowrie shell divination. Orunmila is a spirit of righteousness and a miracle healer, considered among the most powerful orishas. He was the only orisha permitted to actually witness Creation. Orunmila is traditionally classified among the Seven African Powers. However, he is a remote orisha with specialized interests who is not involved with the rank-and-file populace in the manner of other orishas. In recent years, Orunmila’s place among the Seven African Powers has been popularly bestowed upon either Oya or Ochossi.

Orunmila is syncretized to Saint Francis of Assisi.

ALSO KNOWN AS:

Orula; Orunla; Baba Ifa

CLASSIFICATION:

Orisha

ATTRIBUTES:

Cowrie shells, palm seeds, and nuts

COLOURS:

Green, yellow

Number:

16

Creature:

Leopard

SEE ALSO:

  • Ochossi
  • Orisha
  • Oya
  • Seven African Powers

SOURCE:

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.

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