This groundbreaking book highlights and clearly and fully examines the innovations of nine women-turned-orisa: Odu, Aaja (Ayan), Yemowo, Orisa Oko, Yemoja, Oba, Oya, Osun. What did the Òrìsà do originally to merit our respect and worship? Òrìsà are women and men who were buried by earth or water, and then selected, after careful & serious reflection, to be honored for their deeds & characters that redefined the possible and ushered in new ages. What great inventions, deeds, teachings did they initiate to cause us to evoke their spirits through tales, songs and dances, in our times of need and distress? Hundreds and thousands of years later, through wars, social upheavals, savage transplantings, & chattal slavery, their spirits & sagas continue to inspire devotion, emulation & action; even when those contributions are no longer clearly understood. This vagueness is becomes more apparent when discussing the inventions, deeds, and teachings of the women who became òrìsà as men have usurped the credit for and control of those inventions.
By: Baba John Mason
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