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Shopono/Babalú Ayé

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813030203.003.0019
Shopono/Babalú Ayé

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This chapter discusses the God of Diseases and Plagues. Shopono, or Babalú Ayé as he is known in Cuba, is the most dreaded manifestation of the wrath of Olodumare. It is believed that smallpox, leprosy, and some nasty sexually transmitted and skin diseases are punishments he inflicts on those who have offended him. In contrast, the Cuban worshippers of Babalú Ayé have associated him with one of the most revered Catholic saints, Saint Lazarus. Some of the reasons why the Cuban worshippers do not fear Shopono/Babalú Ayé as much as the African worshippers do are discussed in this chapter.

Keywords: God of Diseases and Plagues; Shopono; Babalú Ayé; Olodumare; Saint Lazarus; sexually transmitted diseases; skin diseases; punishment

Chapter.  4372 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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