Oroiña: Orisha from the center of the earth

Oroiña

Orisha that makes up the core of the planet earth. The cry of the volcano. Participant in volcanic eruptions and terrestrial earthquakes. Jealous and overprotective mother. Energy that gives life and death, that is Oroiña.

Who is Oroiña?

Oroiña is a Deity of the Yoruba pantheon who shares a very particular relationship with the Orisha Agayu. Some claim that he is the mother and father of that Orisha. The close relationship between both spiritualities is undeniable, especially because it is represented by the Volcano. Even due to that affinity, Agayú is attributed the dominion over the fiery lava. Let us remember that Aggayu Solá is directly related to Olorun, therefore, Oroiña is related to him in the same way.

This explains why when a volcano erupts we hear a thunderous sound. It is the voice of Oroíña, while we observe the power of the Orisha Aggayu destroying everything in its path thanks to the devouring and transforming power of the lava that makes everything it touches its own.

It is also believed that the Orisha Oroiña descends from Orisha Oko, another deity with a direct dependence on Olorun, since, thanks to solar energy, crops are developed.

Learn: Agayu the Orisha who owns the Volcano


What is oroiña?

Oroiña is directly related to fire. But, the fire from the bowels of the earth. That incandescent mass that makes up the center of the earth and that remains trapped there. Without a doubt, its power is incalculable. As a natural element it has the power to provide vital energy but at the same time it can generate destruction. Your home is the core of the Earth.

Characteristics of this Orisha

Between her CARACTERISTICS and attributes that are evident in living beings Oroiña represents anger, the blinding rage that causes emotional outbursts and screams, the uncontrollable crying that springs from the eyes, the feelings that cloud the senses, the hasty reactions. It is his energy that produces that hot flash that we feel in the body when it bothers us.

On the other hand, this Orisha was in charge of shaping the large rocks on earth, an artisan from the mountains and mountain ranges.

What is Oroiña like?

Orisha Oroiña

Between her CARACTERISTICS and attributes that are evident in living beings Oroiña represents anger, the blinding rage that causes emotional outbursts and screams, the uncontrollable crying that springs from the eyes, the feelings that cloud the senses, the hasty reactions. It is his energy that produces that hot flash that we feel in the body when it bothers us.

On the other hand, this Orisha was in charge of shaping the large rocks on earth, an artisan from the mountains and mountain ranges.  

Number

His number is 9 and all its multiples, due to the relationship it has with the Orisha Agayú.

Oroiña soup tureen

Its receptacle is a simple small jar of raw clay, which represents its close relationship with the elements of the earth.

Story: Oroiña raised Oggun

It happened that Olofin was worried about his son Ogun, whose mother was Oroiña. At that time Oroiña lived in the Bobogun land, where Yemaya also lived, who had many geese and ducks.

One day, Eshu was walking through the Bobogun land and observed that Ogun was playing with ducks and geese, and his behavior was a bit effeminate and a bit fearful, therefore, he caught the attention of Oroiña who was immediately annoyed and replied to Eshu that this was none of her business and that she raised her child as she pleased.

Eshu was embarrassed and annoyed by this answer and said, "Someday I will see Olofin and tell him about it." Then, he went to Orumila's house and related what had happened. He told her to make a sacrifice with: a chick, corn, brandy, honey, hutía and smoked fish; and that way he could get to Olofin. He also recommended that along the way he spread bits of yam, cocoa butter, husk, honey and sing the following suyere: "Eshu ni leyera babu."

Eshu tells Olofin how Oroiña raised Ogun

Eshu did what Orumila recommended and Olofin immediately listened to him. Upon meeting, he asked him if he had managed to see his son in Bobogun land. Eshu told him that he was with his mother Oroiña and how she was raising him. Olofin thanked Eshu for the message and gave him a hutía to release when he reached the land where his son lived, recommending that he make the following prayer: "aguete mogun yogun olofin yelero, magua oriña bobotigun omo water."

When Eshu reached Bobogun land, Oroiña heard him uttering the words that Olofin had indicated. Immediately, a very great fear seized her and Ogun who hugged her quickly, but she let go of him due to the shock, then Eshu grabbed him and took him away.

On the way Ogun did not want to continue next to Eshu and hid to sleep inside some irons. Eshu went back to Orumila's house, who told him to go find Olofin and tell him where Ogun was.

Eshu presents his father olofin to ogun

Olofin, upon hearing what happened, went out in search of him, carrying a banana. Upon meeting Ogun, who was called "Water" in those lands, Eshu told him that Olofin was his father. Then, Agua threw himself in front of Olofin who realized that his son was living in fear, for which, he handed him the machete that Eshu was carrying, dressed him with 101 pieces of iron and led him to the mountain. In that place, Olofin declared: «You will be the King of the mountain. You will never walk with anyone in the world who does not serve, one day you will save your mother and then you will do Ifá ». And he fed him the banana he was carrying.

Oggun dedicates himself to sustaining the earth to save his mother

After that Olofin withdrew, but was so upset that he sent the sea to eat the land. Eshu, seeing the tragedy that was coming, ran in search of Agua (Ogun) and told him: "You are the only one who can stop the sea from eating the earth, which is your mother." Ogun got under the ground and held it. Olofin, seeing that, told him: "You will support the earth and you will be the King of the force." Then, Olofin forgave Oroiña and fed him a banana.

You can read: All about Oggun the Iron God


Oroiña Santeria

How is the Orisha Oroiña received in Santeria?

Oroiña is an Osha who is not crowned motivated by the magnitude of her energetic force. However, its foundation can be received. The aleyos, Iworos and Babalawos can receive it without any problem. Their ceremony is very simple. Its consecration is carried out and on the third day it is delivered into the hands of the initiate. He is a «saint of Addimu» therefore, it does not Ita.

How is Oroiña cared for?

To attend Oroiña you can use the same adimuses that are placed on Agayú. You can offer: spinach; beef; crackers, purple avocados, baby corn tamales with shrimp; seedless okra; sweet; tamales of various grains; bread; coconuts, and all kinds of fruits. It is served with corojo butter, honey, fish and smoked jutia, white candles, and flowers.

The animals that are sacrificed to him are: rooster, chicken, pigeon, guinea.

Herbs

Share the herbs used by Aggayu: arcediana or acediana, open the way, ceiba, cerraja, cresta de gallo, ciguaraya, miraguano, palo la feliz, lemon balm, poplar, colony, pitahaya, curujey, cashew, sandbox, jobo.

Benefits of receiving Oroiña?

This is an Orisha that is received to establish a foothold on the earth and to appease the uncontrolled or excessive character that can seize us in difficult moments in our lives. Her energy exudes excellent protection in every way, since Oroiña is an overprotective mother.

What is asked of Oroiña?

The Orisha Oroiña is asked for her charitable intervention in cases where we need to achieve:

  • The resolution of great spiritual wars.
  • When we want to learn to control our character or emotional lack of control.
  • When we are facing health difficulties.
  • If we want to prosper on earth.
  • When we want to say things without generating conflicts.
  • It is asked when we require protection from our enemies.
  • Oroiña is implored when we want to consolidate our time on this earth.

Prayer to Oroiña

We respect the spirit of the burning fire that lies in the center of the earth.

Indestructible leader. Mother who produces medicine and wealth.

We implore his charitable action to calmly reach the harvest of our sacrifice and work.

May your energy always guide us towards abundance and satisfaction.

Nine times we turn to greet her, we count on her blessing today and always. Asé.

Work with Oroiña for prosperity

All kinds of grains, fruits, assorted vegetables, and a bottle of brandy are placed in a basket. Oroiña realizes and knows that all that is being offered is to implore his beneficial action to achieve prosperity on earth. It is left at the foot of the Orisha with two lighted candles. Then it is taken up to a hill.

Oroiña phrases

Oroiña says: "I never want your tears to come from your eyes for anyone who does not deserve it, if so, I will make him pay for it."

Oroiña says: «My son, what are you doing in that land suffering disappointments? If you are not happy there, it is better that you are with me here on earth free of suffering and crying.

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