Tag: Orishas

GMC: Orisha Osumare

The third God for September is also the second Orisha we’ve had, Osumare. Osumare (pronounced O-SHU-mar-RAY) is also spelled Ochumare, Oshumare, or Oxumaré. An alternate name is Ketu. Especially when using the name Ketu, Osumare is connected to the spirits of the dead, the ancestors, called the eggun (pronounced E-goo-N). Osumare is the Yoruba Orisha of…

GMC: Oya

Oya is the West African Yoruba Orisha of winds, storms, fire, and transformation. She is also believed to be the Goddess of the Niger River in Africa, and the Amazon River in Brazil, where the worship of the Orishas was transplanted to the Americas along with the slave trade. Several of the sites I looked…

GMC Poetry: Oya

Ebony skin glistens Stretched taut over hard muscle An arm raises above a dreadlocked head Sunlight glints across the razor-sharp machete edge Thick lips pull back in a sharp grin Just as razor-sharp as the weapon A bloodcurdling cry bursts forth from deep in the throat As the machete drops with deadly accuracy. Eyes black as…