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Worldview, the Orichas, and SanteríaAfrica to Cuba and Beyond$

Mercedes Cros Sandoval

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780813030203

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813030203.001.0001

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(p.367) Appendix D Paths of Ochún

(p.367) Appendix D Paths of Ochún

Worldview, the Orichas, and Santería
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  • Ochún Akuara lives in the confluence of the river and the sea. She is a queen who has no crown. Her necklace is made of pale yellow, coral, onyx, and green beads. This Ochún likes quail, and her children are called Ochún Soino (the ones born from the womb of springs).

  • Ochún Aña is the lover of drums and güemilere.

  • Ochún Bumi is the manifestation of Ochún on her way to fetch water in the river. She is the shrimp.

  • Dodowa is Ochún's name in Yesá territory.

  • Ibu Ikole works with the buzzard and picks up trash and dust. She guards the home. Her necklace is made of amber and coral beads.

  • Ochún Ibu Eleke Oni carries a baton and covers her body with the aphrodisiac oñí. She lives by the bush and is a fighter.

  • Ochún Ibu Itumu is a lesbian. She dresses as a man.

  • Ochún Ibu Tinibu lives in Orun's jar.

  • Ochún Ibu Yumu is represented by a pregnant woman.

  • Ochún Ibu Latie Elegba lives in the middle of the river, eats in a calabash, and wears no crown.

  • Ochún Ibu Okuase Oddo lives in mortar.

  • Ochún Naloya is the life of the party.

  • Ochún Olodi is the owner of the river. She is a woman who wears warrior garments and one whose enemies can never conquer. When she is aggravated with one of her children, she can be very vengeful and dangerous. Her crown is made of corals, and her necklace is made of coral beads, five ivory beads, and green and aqua beads. She is represented by the owl.

  • Ochún Telarago is the blushing goddess who was caught by other gods at the bottom of the well making love to Orúnmila.

  • Ochún Yalorde is the oldest and most important of all the Ochúns. Yalorde is the name used for Ochún in the güemileres.