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What is the significance of the number of orishas?

According to Wikipedia, different oral traditions refer to different numbers of orishas: Yoruba tradition often says that there are 401 orishas, which is associated with a sacred number. Other ...
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How were the Orishas born?

Orishas are the deities that form the Yoruban pantheon. Their ruler is Olorun. However, while I was reading up on them, I was unable to find out about how the Orishas were created. How were these gods ...
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Why did Unkulunkulu send the lizard after the chameleon?

In Chapter II: Where Man Came From, and How Death Came of Alice Werner's Myths and Legends of the Bantu we find the chameleon legend of the Bantu people. The legend explains how death came into the ...
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How is Odudua the Orisha of Earth?

Odudua is the Orisha (Yoruban deity) of Earth. She is said to be the personification of Earth and is the sister of Olorun, the god of the sky and ruler of the Orishas. However, his son, Oduduwa,is ...