Gala elekes and ides for Obatala and Elegua

Obatala and Elegua ides and gala elekes     I made these for a friend who is crowing their first two santos. The “gala” elekes are multi stranded ones used to identify who is the guardian angel of the iyawo as it is bigger and fancier than the other elekes worn. I like to make…

Iruke for Obatala Oshagriñan

I recently made an iruke (horsetail fly whisk) for Obatala Oshagriñan, the elder warrior Obatala. Oshagriñan is a strategist and alchemist and grants predictive vision to his children. Like Ayaguna, Oshagriñan takes a color other than funfun or the white color palette. Oshagriñan takes red or slightly orange coral (iyun), but not too much. Along with Czech glass white and clear…

ELEGUA GARABATOS

ELEGUA GARABATOS These are  hand made and beaded garabatos or guava wood hooks that Elegua uses to remove obstacles from the person’s life. Eleggua also uses it to bring blessings or ire to the person. Both are made with all glass Czech beads, one has a little beaded gourd with red parrot feathers and both…

Asohano’s Ha and Kacha

Asohano – Babalu Aye uses a straw broom to clean people and restore health. The ha (ha is a Fon word meaning broom) is made from palm fibers. Within the beaded handle part is an elaborate concoction that is wrapped in cloth imbibing the straw broom with the power to heal. The ha is handled…

Agogo Oduduwa Orisa Aiye

This is an agogo (sacred bell) used in the worship of Oduduwa. Oduduwa or Oddua is an orisha funfun (white orisha), he is the closest Lukumi deity we have to Olodumare. The difference between Oduduwa and Olofin in the Lukumi religion is that Oduduwa set foot on the earth, Olofin did not. Odua’s agogo is…

Oshun Akuaro ide

This is a new ide made for an old friend who is about to crown his second Oshun. Oshun Akuaro, also called Aparo or Acuaro is Oshosi’s wife. She is a hunter and uses a net. She also takes the skins of birds, such as the quail and pheasant. There are several different ways of…

My Beading Manifesto

I have made a lot of beadwork for a lot of people and it has been wonderful. I have a day-job so I try and bead for others in my spare time and can be a little slow when my bread-and-butter work gets hectic. I wrote the following a while ago when I had time…

Dada Omolowo Ori Omo Lube o

Dada and Abayani Dada is the deity of riches, and protector of children and therefore related to the development and care of the human embryo and especially the human head alongside Obatala. The Lukumi believe Dada is Shango’s junior siblingl. Dada’s children are ordained to Shango. Dada is male and his consecrated materials are kept in…

Narigones for Orisha Oko

A narigon is a nose ring that is used for oxen. We put them to orisha Oko. The narigon is also symbolic of not being burdened or shackled, that you have freedom. Here you see a brass narigon that I have decorated for Orisha Oko. The original narigon has a cloth wrapper sewn around it…

The Two Waters

Oshun and Yemaya are described as the “two waters” relating specifically to the odus “odi-she” (in dilogun divination: 7-5) and “oshe-di” (in dilogun divination: 5-7). These odus state that the person doesn’t have one mother, but two: Oshun and Yemaya, who govern, love, and protect the person in equal and interested manner. Therefore, when you see…

Sizing Beads

So, seed beads, as mentioned in a previous post come in various sizes. They are written in “4/0 or 5/0” and are called “three o’s” (etc) the smaller the first number, THE BIGGER THE BEAD. It used to mean that if you laid down a row of beads, end to end, the first number would…