It should be the first ceremony anyone receives in the Santaria religion. At the end of this you can wear the green and yellow bracelet that signifies you know who your Orisha is and have taken the ceremony. The only way to really know your true Orisha and sign is to take the ceremony. It is not for the faint hearted.
Elekes can not be touched by anyone except for priests, and if they are touched, the person touching them must clean them. The beads all have different meanings and represent different divinities of Ifa. “The elekes I have mean life, protection and one of them represents my god Oshun,” Scott said.
Many dress in white to symbolize purity.
BLUE. Blue colored stones can be used to promote calm feelings, encouragement, honesty and spirituality.
Elekes should be worn at all times except when sleeping, bathing, drinking alcohol, or having sex. If one of them breaks, it can be a sign that Orisha blocked something harmful from reaching you. You’ll need to contact your godparent for a new Eleke and possibly a reading.
An additional ritual, known as “receiving the warriors”, is a ritual where the initiated receives objects from their padrino that represents the warriors: iron tools to represent Ogún; an iron bow and arrow to represent Ochosi; and an iron or silver chalice surmounted by a rooster to represent Osún.
Oshun is the deity of the river and freshwater, luxury and pleasure, sexuality and fertility, and beauty and love. She is connected to destiny and divination. During the life of the mortal Oshun, she served as a princess consort to King Shango of Oyo.
The colors red and black or white and black are his and codify his contradictory nature.
Purple also represents wisdom and spirituality. 6 Its rare and mysterious nature perhaps causes it to seem connected to the unknown, supernatural, and divine.
ỌbaShe is traditionally identified as the senior wife of Shango (the third king of the Oyo Empire and an Orisha).Ọba (orisha)
Black mala beads
Black is the color that’s commonly associated with protection, as well as success. Black crystals are often said to protect against negative energy, and can help in working with the shadow self.
Black beads are believed to symbolize the ability to hold onto hope in the face of adversity and also to be positive in unhappy times. By keeping hope and keeping the faith when the going gets tough, you think something great could come out of it.
Since white dresses are a reflection to purity and cleanliness, wearing white beads also promotes sincerity, honesty, purity and cleanliness.
It is also used to represent morality and goodness in African jewelry, especially African waist beads. Many women also use white in their waist beads to boost creative energy and spiritual thoughts and check their weight progress. Red symbolize blood, fire, danger, aggression, and sacrifice.
A black bead signifies Protection, strength, good fortune, vigor and health. Yellow beads: It is associated with stability and energy flow.
She’s associated with the numbers seven and ten, the colors blue and white, pearls, silver, conch shells, and doves. Offerings for her include molasses, coconut cakes, white flowers, and watermelon. For practicing witches, Yemaya has a fierce, nurturing, gentle energy often associated with the moon and sorcery.
ShangoShango (Yoruba language: Ṣàngó, also known as Changó or Xangô in Latin America; and as Jakuta or Badé) is an Orisha, a deity in Yoruba religion.
Ceremonies and Ritual Colors
Osun is the orisha of the river. Her devotees leave her offerings and perform ceremonies at bodies of fresh water such as rivers, streams and canals. She is associated with the colors white, yellow, gold, and sometimes coral.
Oshun is commonly called the river orisha, or goddess, in the Yoruba religion and is typically associated with water, purity, fertility, love, and sensuality. She is considered one of the most powerful of all orishas, and, like other gods, she possesses human attributes such as vanity, jealousy, and spite.
Ifa is a faith and divination system with its roots in Olori’s family’s ancestral homeland, Yorubaland. The region now encompasses the nations of Benin, Togo and Ghana and parts of Nigeria. Like some other religions, Ifa includes magic, the use of traditional medicines and veneration of the dead.
The Orishas are forces of nature (parts of god) who mediate between Olodumare and humanity. Humanity can commune directly with God by way of the trance/possession – always in a ritual setting. Ebo, or sacrifice, is a broad concept including all types of sacrifices and offerings to the Orisha.
A full-on initiation ceremony into Santeria, which grew out of the Yoruba religion brought to the Americas by African slaves, would cost a foreigner well over $1,000.