Babalu Aye Orisha of Disease and Healing
An Orisha is a spirit that reflects one of the manifestations of God in Africas Yoruba religion. Many Orishas have found their way throughout the Americas via the Atlantic slave trade and are now expressed in practices as varied as Santeria, Candomble, Trinidad Orisha, and Oyotunji.
Sopona is the deity of infection diseases, but he is also the one that can sweep away sickness. He promotes the cure for illnesses but also has the ability to cause severe pain and suffering. Due to his power, his worshippers avoid speaking his true name, thus he is most commonly referred to using other names and titles, such as Bablu-Aye, Oluaye, and Omulu.
During the transatlantic slave trade, Spoon arrived at the New World through his followers and became known as Bablu-Aye in the Americas. In Santeria, Babalu-Aye is among the most popular orishas. His miracles are synonymous with Saint Lazarus and are often honored at the same celebration.
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