Obatala/Obatalá and Oduduwa/Odudua

Mercedes Cros Sandoval

in Worldview, the Orichas, and Santería

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780813030203
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039565 | DOI:
Obatala/Obatalá and Oduduwa/Odudua

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This chapter discusses the Creator Gods, Obatala and Oduduwa, as they are worshipped in Africa and Cuba. The Obatala is the oldest and most important orisha in the Yoruba pantheon and is one of the few gods that is known to all Yoruba-speaking people and their neighbors. The Oduduwa, on the other hand, is worshiped throughout Yorubaland and have contradictory myths and traditions regarding the divinity's gender and character.

Keywords: Creator Gods; Obatala; Oduduwa; Africa; Cuba; orisha; Yoruba pantheon; myths; traditions

Chapter.  5747 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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