Babalu Aye - Santeria And The Lord Of Pestilence
by Baba Raul Canizares & Aburo Eric Lerner
- 36 Page Soft Cover Book
Babalu gives his devotees means to surive, Ulli Beier, a seasoned scholar and poet of Yoruba Culture, elaborates on this point: "Sakpata Babalu is the God of Suffering. He teaches his worshippers to cope with misfortunes, particularly disease. If Sakpata strickes a man with smallpox, it is because he wants to establish a very close relationship with that person. Only the man who is not mature or strong enough will die of the disease. For the worthy person it is like an initiation: a death and resurrection into a maturer, richer life.