Obatala is the Sky Father and the creator of human bodies, which were brought to life by Olodumare's smooth breath.
Obatala is the father of all Orishas.
Traditional Colors: White
Areas of Influence: Knowledge, leadership, fatherhood, justice and the legal system, geology, people with special needs, the military
Entities associated with: Our Lady of Mercy
Symbols: Mountains, snail shells, short whip made with white horsehair and cowrie shells, quartz crystals, white rocks, frogs, white animals
Offerings: White bland food (either the meat or the milk of a coconut, potatoes, eggs, rice, mushrooms, milk, water, etc), crushed up egg shells, cotton, snail shells, frankincense, myrrh or sandalwood incense, tobacco
Feast Day: September 24th
Tarot: Justice, the Emperor
Chakra: Crown Chakra
Gemstones: Quartz crystal, howlite, chalcedony, lead crystal, diamonds, ivory
Animals: Snails, Elephants, Egrets, Blue Herons, Bald Eagles, Snow monkeys, Cotton-top Tamarin monkeys
Entities of Similar Energy: Tyr, Odin (as All-father), Ra, Damballah
Plants associated with: Garlic, hyssop, sage
Obatala is the father figure of the Orishas. He is also the chief and judge. He is very wise and compassionate. Obatala is married to Yemaya, the ocean goddess and mother-figure of the Orishas. They have been married a very long time and have many children. According to one story, Obatala is the father of human beings. However, while making humans from the earth, Obatala got thirsty and began to drink some palm wine. He got drunk and started to make some of the humans deformed. After he sobered up, he realized what he had done and he swore from that day forward he never drink and that he would take special care of people who are handicapped.
When Obatala was younger, he was very bold and brash. He was a strong warrior who saw a lot of horrible things on the battlefield. All of those experiences tempered him. Now, he is an Orisha who works for peace. As judge, Obatala is very much involved with issues of justice and law (man-made or karmic). He will be involved in any kind of court case or legal issue. However, you should not ask him to get involved in a legal case if you are guilty unless you are willing to face your punishment. Obatala also rules karmic justice. If a karmic injustice has been committed or if you need to make amends for something you have done, than go to him for help. Obatala teaches us to fight for what is right and to take responsibility for what we have done wrong.
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