Definition of Orisha in English:



  • (in southern Nigeria) any of several minor gods. The term is also used in various black religious cults of South America and the Caribbean.

    • ‘During slavery, here in Brasil, slaves could not worship their Orishas, so they would bury their statues on the ground and place on the top a catholic statue.’
    • ‘The Lwa and Orisha each represent Powers, and by making offerings and service to them, you are brought within the presence of that Power.’
    • ‘Ifa beliefs contain the sum total of the knowledge and wisdom of the ancients, existence, and the divine wisdom of the Orishas, the gods.’
    • ‘Springer said her poetry encompassed all of her life's work, from being a cultural activist to her devotion to the Orisha faith.’
    • ‘Some religious experts believed that Adam could have been sacrificed to one of the Orisha or ancestor gods of the Yoruba people of Nigeria.’
    • ‘The Orisha became less secretive: you could meet people, talk about the significance of the rhythms, the chants, the philosophy behind them.’
    • ‘Tanker's explorations of the African origins of local art forms during this time led him to the Orisha faith, whose musical idiom became central to his work.’
    • ‘Santeria evolved in Cuba from the ancient Yoruba worship of the Orishas, the Yoruba gods, transported to the Caribbean through slavery.’
    • ‘For some it was ‘dashiki for a day,’ as one parade-goer put it, but for those who were Orisha devotees, African culture is an every day part of life.’
    • ‘Baba Raul Canizares is also doing a series of books concentrating on each of the various Orishas in Santeria.’
    • ‘She congratulated him on his 40 years in the world of art and on his recent award of a staff of eldership and chief's title in the Orisha community.’
    • ‘Shango Orisha represents the fire element and is hot and dry in nature.’
    • ‘Afro-Christian forms of worship are prevalent, such as the Orisha religion and the Spiritual Baptists, and worship in these is not exclusive of membership in established churches.’
    • ‘It is the concrete thread of black culture that welds the book together with numerous references to black musical heroes, to the Orishas, grandmothers and the many characters and players in a Culture that sustains us.’
    • ‘She was spiritual Baptist so mainly Christian, however she also sighted much truth in Orisha and had her shrines in the house, yet she also had pictures of Selassie in the living room.’
    • ‘If any Lwa / Orisha were to be encouraging of unorthodox veneration, it might certainly well be Legba - the traveller, the boundary-walker, the strife-sower and line-crosser.’
    • ‘Each Orisha has specific elements sacred to them, items that identify their personality, powers, and strengths.’
    • ‘Ifa is the major faith of the Yoruba people, and through it she has learned about various Orishas, or deities, of the faith.’
    • ‘Oya and Yemaya are both important Orishas in the Yoruba pantheon.’
    • ‘I was to find out later that in Condomble, the African religion the slaves brought to Brazil, the Orishas, or spirits, enter the body through the head.’