Procession for Iemanjá with followers of religions of African origin

Ifa and Christianity

Some people who convert to Ifa from Christianity wonder if it is okay to practice Ifa and Christianity together. While there is no hard and fast rule as to whether such a practice is acceptable or not, there are a few things you should consider before making such a decision. The Ifa religion is a tradition practiced … Continue reading Ifa and Christianity

Ifa ileke beads

Is Ifa Evil?

Ifa is a religious system that is often misunderstood. Many people assume that it must be evil because many deities are worshiped in this African traditional religion. However, this is not the case. The Ifa religion is actually based on the belief in one supreme god or creative force, Olodumare. It is only through the … Continue reading Is Ifa Evil?

Orishas of Love

Orishas of Love

The Yoruba people believe that gods and goddesses govern different aspects of life. Love is a particular aspect of life that attracts many people to the Ifa tradition. Some seek out this religion to find love or heal their love life. Others focus on bringing passion or peace to their relationships. Either way, many Orishas … Continue reading Orishas of Love

Orishas of Prosperity

Orishas of Prosperity

There are a number of different Orishas associated with wealth, abundance, and good fortune. Prosperity is an important concept within many Orisha traditions like Ifa, Santeria, Lucumi, etc. It is often seen as a sign of blessing from the deities, and as such, is something that is highly sought after. For this reason, there are … Continue reading Orishas of Prosperity

Orisha Aje

Orisha Aje

Orisha Aje is known as one of the primary goddesses of wealth and prosperity in the African traditional religion of Ifa. This deity aids in the accumulation of riches and prevents financial misfortune. She is a prominent Orisha that anybody who desires financial abundance, growth, and sustenance should possess. Ifa belief holds that anyone who … Continue reading Orisha Aje

Sango

Sango

Sango (Shango or Chango) is a prominent and respectable Orisha within many African spiritual practices. He is one of the ancestral fathers and Orishas of the Yorubas. However, devotees also venerate this deity within other diasporic traditions practiced in the Americas and other parts of the world. As a highly revered deity of thunder and … Continue reading Sango

Ogun

The Orisha Ogun appears in several traditional African belief systems throughout the diaspora. However, he is most notable as the elemental deity of iron in the Ifa tradition. Ogun was believed to be a warrior and powerful spirit of metalwork (blacksmith) during his time on earth. Likewise, he is well known for rum making in … Continue reading Ogun

Osun Osogbo River statue

Oshun

Oshun, sometimes spelled Osun, is another Orisha of the Ifa tradition practiced in Yorubaland, Nigeria, and other parts of the world. Popularly known as the river goddess Oshun’s link to water, love, purity, fruitfulness, and fertility are vital to her essence. As one of the most potent Orishas, Oshun also embodies human traits like jealousy, … Continue reading Oshun