An Eleke is a string of beads that can be worn by man or woman to help achieve their goal for the problem at hand.
The beads represent the energy of the various Orishas, Saints, and Spirits to guide us with spiritual awareness, inner peace, and positive transformation.
The beads are a vehicle to connect you to that energy on a daily basis. It’s like a mini shrine being placed on your person.
Olokun is specific to the deep sea. He is bound to reside there, and this is his kingdom. When someone dies in the sea, rather than immediately beginning to merge with the Ancestors, they may stay with Olokun until he decides to release them.
He is the patron of Africans in the diaspora, especially those who were taken from Africa as slaves. When slaves jumped into the sea or sank a ship with themselves in it, rebelling against their captors, they go to the kingdom of Olokun. Sometimes it is said that the warriors among them with Olokun will pull down ships of countries they were taken to as slaves in the past, so some sailors will give offerings to Olokun and the Ancestors in the Sea before departing.
As he is the Orisha of the deep, he is also the Orisha of deep mysteries. He is often associated with “dark” or “left hand path” magic and mysticism. In a way, he embodies the necessary darkness that is within us all: the fight that every living being must have to survive. In the same way that Yemaya is the creative force of life, Olokun is the equally necessary destructive force of life. He is rebellion. He also works very closely with Oya to create devastating storms and floods.
Olokun also has the wealth of the sea. So he is often petitioned for material wealth. His closeness to Oya but ownership of wealth sometimes makes him an attractive Orisha for veneration by people who need more wealth in terms of raw materials and commodities. He is also essential to political power and status. Though Shango leads the way in raw charisma, Olokun is the master of expanding charisma into the political and social realm on a wider scale than sexual seduction or leading armies. The faithful and blessed adherent to the ways of Olokun will be able to make nations.
Though followers of Olokun are many, children of Olokun are relatively rare outside of the context of combined Olokun/Yemaya. Children of Olokun specifically tend to travel a lot and be very busy people. Many if not most are in physically dangerous professions or are seamen. They tend to be ferocious (not an understatement) lovers, but don’t count on seeing them very often.
Efun (a special African chalk) and clay or mud statues or figurines are used a lot in the worship of Olokun as well as soperas (covered deep dishes or bowls). Many designs are drawn on the ground or surfaces to make portals for various energies or direct their flow or to teach important concepts that cannot all be articulated with words.
Olokun (also known as Olocun or Olokum) is the mysterious and titanic orisha of the oceanic abyss. There is great debate about the gender of Olokun; some consider Olokun male, others consider Olokun female, but in the truest sense, Olokun can be considered androgynous or transcending beyond gender. His name is a contraction of the Yoruba "Olo Okun" meaning "owner of the ocean". Olokun was not given life by the creator god Olodumare like most of the other orishas. His power was so great that he emerged out of the primordial oceans by the power of his own will.
Olokun is often depicted as a powerful and jealous orisha who considers the earth his rightful domain. Legend recounts Olokun sending tidal waves in an attempt to wipe humanity off the face of the earth. Humanity's cries for help against Olokun's waves were answered when Obatala chained Olokun to the ocean floor. One legend recounts the orisha Yemaya arising from Olokun's chained body at the bottom of the ocean in redemption for Olokun's actions. Olokun is a deeply spiritual and mystical orisha whose energy is intertwined with Egun (spirits of the dead). He connects us to the realms of psychism and mediumship as well as wealth and financial stability.
Olokun is depicted as a man or woman with a fish tail often wearing or carrying a mask wearing dark navy blue with accents of 9 different colors. Olokun fights his enemies with sea quakes, tidal waves and typhoons. His shrine is contained either in a glazed blue and white ceramic pot or a sealed terra-cotta pot decorated with shells, that is filled with his mysteries, tools and cowries. Olokun does not have different roads or avatars like other orishas. His ritual number is 9.
Approximately 50 inches long.