OBATALA = Owner Of All Heads…


 Father Of All Orishas & Humanity – The Orisha of Wisdom, Knowledge & Pureness. Epa Oosha Obatala Alasho Funfun. Obatalá “King of the White Cloth” and he represents peace, sober decision making, creativity, purity, and divination. The social role associated with him is that of an Elder or Sage and his elements or natural stages are the mountains, clouds, and palm trees. Some of the most distinctive features of Obatalá are the myth of creation that has been linked to him, the traditional offerings presented to him and the location of his supposed home, his “claim over individuals”, and the many associations with others Saints and Gods that he has received through time.


Known as an Ancient energy, it embodies the patience, clarity of mind and wisdom that can only be attained through thoughtfulness and careful and sober consideration. Thus, Obatala is also associated with the concept of justice. Those operating in this Orisha’s field are often highly intelligent and extremely thoughtful, possessing lofty yet realistic ideals. They are the observers and intellectuals among us who strive for peace, truth and clarity above all else.

Father of humanity, the right hand of God, Obatala is the supreme deity of justice, wisdom and life. Obatala’s color is white, which is often accented with other colors, namely red, coral, green or purple, according to the road. His symbols are a single, silver (oje) bracelet, a white horsetail switch (Irukere), a cane and a silver bell or “Agogo-Oje,” which is used when saluting him.

Obatala is the the Orisha responsible for molding the physical form of humanity before God gives us life with his divine breath. He’s always perfectly clean and expresses himself with the presence of Efun (white chalk). Liquor and red palm oil are taboo to him and his followers. Obatala is the Orisha of logic, thought, and clarity and as such children of Obatala are generally logical and “heady.”

In fact, children of Obatala invariably require more “alone time” than most other people as their lives are often ruled by their ability to think quietly and process. Obatala is symbolized by the color white, white doves and the number 8 and Sunday is said to be his sacred day of the week.

“AYE” (Sekere Obatala)
Aye is a percussion instrument that is used by Obatala also called (Orisanla). He uses it for entertainment, invocation, and messaging purposes, now it is used by Obatala devotees to invoke his spirit during prayers, rituals, and festival periods for his spirit to descend.
Aye is very important tool in worshiping the Gods, Obatala, whoever the God sent any of his spirit or priestess to deliver a message, it’s this instrument that he or she will be beating while on the journey to word of evil and attacks and on getting there, the Aye has to be beaten for the God’s spirit to possess the priest or priestess for him to speak through him or her. Any Obatala worshiper that does not use Aye is not a complete worshiper because it is a very important tool of worship to the God.
Orin: Obatala temi ni o ba mi se – bi eniyan soro fun o leyin mo mo gba o
“Temin ni o ba mi se”
Song: Obatala it is mine that you should do for me – If anyone gossips to you do not listen – It is mine that you should do for me.
Orin: Ogede agbagba ooo Obatala gbami lowo Ki ni eyi yio se Ogede agbagba ooo. Babarugbo gbami Lowo enu Ko se kun ni Enu ijeru, Ko se kun ni Enu ijeyo o Ko se kun ni, Enu Oje ata Ko se kun ni Enu imu omi Ko se kun ni
Song: Oh plantain Old man save me from gossips It is not good Mouth that eats locust beans, it is not good, Mouth that tastes salt, it is not good, Mouth that eats pepper it is not good Mouth that drink water, it is not good”

As the myth points out, Obatalá enjoyed drinking palm wine and continued to do so although it had previously led to his shame and humiliation. Due to his weakness for alcohol, he would even drink while carrying out his duties of molding and creating human bodies. Due to his carelessness, some of the beings he created were born with deformities and malformations so he was ordered by God to abstain from drinking while creating humans. Therefore, people born with birthmarks, albinos, the handicapped, or other children born with deformities are recognized as “Obatalá’s children”. This originates from the belief among people that “Obatalá always marks his children”.

Traditionally, offerings to “King of the White Cloth” are comprised of coconut, cotton, cocoa butter, cornstarch, and bitter kola. This home of this deity is said to be the mountains, and for this reason gifts and food are carried to these specific regions. The metal of Obatalá is silver (Oje) and his color is white, hence his name which means “King of the White Cloth”. His priests and priestesses always wear only white in his honor, and the vast majority of the offerings taken to Obatalá are white, such as white food, white clothes, white beads, and white flowers. Obatalá also tends to receive silver (Oje) jewelry and coins.

Obatalá is said to be the owner of all Ori, which means heads. This is an important concept because it is believed that the souls of people are located in their heads. It has been claimed that Obatalá is one of the oldest Orishas and that he is the “King of Kings”. For this reason, he is also recognized as the father of all Orishas. He is known to have two wives, Yemoo, and Igbin. Obatalá is known to be patient and to possess good judgment, he is also believed to cause earthquakes when he becomes infuriated.

Obatala is the father of all children on earth, is the creator of human beings and everything that inhabits the planet. As the creator is ruler of all human body parts, mainly the head, thoughts and human life, the white owner or where it participates essentially white to symbolize peace and purity. Obatala is the owner of the white metals, especially silver. Represents the creation that is not necessarily pristine, so magnanimous and above, also the pride, anger, despotism and those with defects and physical and mental difficulties.

Obatala embraces all her children with patience and love. Among its many qualities is that he brings intelligence, peace and calm to the world. He Intercede with any Orisha for any individual to have difficulty, because it is considered the Father of mankind and owner of all heads. When we seek to Obatala, we looked at the top of the mountain. He’s in the snow covering the mountain peak and is seen as the wise old man of the hills. Obatala provide justice, renewal and new beginnings. Their children, “direct” are Albinos and those born with physical and or mental. The unique function of Obatala within the realm of mysteries of nature is to provide the spark of light that animates consciousness. To call an Orisha the chief of the White cloth is to make a symbolic reference to that substance which makes consciousness possible.

 ***An Altar Is A Symbolic Representation Of Communicating With Your Sub-Conscious Mind. 

TABOO OBATALA: Palm wine or intoxicating liquor. White is the color of every item to be use by the followers of Obatala even ranging from home to car and clothe, during Obatala day of the week,(Sunday) it is not good for them to have sexual Intercourse. Salt – Palm oil – Peppers – It not good to cook maize near Obatala. 

Gloria Okandekun “Ile Orisa Nla ati Yemoja”

***The reference to White cloth is not a reference to the material used to make the cloth, it is a reference to the fabric which binds the universe together. The threads of this fabric are the multi-leveled layers of consciousness which Ifa teaches exist in all things on all levels of Being. The ability of forces of nature to communicate with each other, and the ability of humans to communicate with forces in nature that gives the world a sense of spiritual unity. It is the understanding of this ability which gives substance to the Ifa concept of good character, and it is Obatala who guides us towards developing this understanding.

All forces in nature come into Being through the manifestation of energy patterns called Odu. Ifa has identified and labeled different Odu which can be thought of as different expressions of consciousness. But because consciousness itself is generated by Obatala, every Odu contains an element of Obatala’s spiritual power. In metaphysical terms, this means that all of creation is linked to Obatala as the source of being. All forms of consciousness contain a spark of spiritual power from Obatala, and it is this spark that links everything that is, to its shared beginning.

The name means “Lord of the White Cloth” (Oba-ti-ala.), and is explained by the fact that white is the color sacred to Obatala, whose temples, images, and paraphernalia are always painted white, and whose followers wear white cloths.  The God is always represented as wearing a white cloth.

  ***Obatala likes dark places. Thus when we find ourselves placed on the Altar cloth to keep it away from the light…The powerful king that reside in the town called Iranje – He that is in possession of blessings and good character – He as good character and at same time have blessings.
Husband of hunch back – husband of the cripple you are the husband of dwarf woman with big flat head – The husband of albino – You leave daily life in gorgeous beauty and greatness – Your mightiness is immense it cannot be lifted So immense in White apparel one who sleep in White apparel and wake up inside White apparel rises from glory to glory inside White apparel.
Respected father husband of Yemoo It pleasurable to see wealth. The oldest man of Ifon town He who withdraw wealth from the person who have and give it to have not he who multiply a single person to many.
The arch Divinity the owner of good clay that is use to mold character – The arc Divinity the owner of good clay that is use to mold destiny. He has absolute power to make anything he wants happen. The Divinity that wake up the does not eat anything with bone.

There are many incarnations of the Deities who had lived before and who had translated to eternity. Ogiyan in Ejigbo, Ayelala in Ekiti and Ijebu may have been incarnations of Obatala as well as Oluorogbo in the city of Ile-Ife. This is evident in the feeding preference and dressing of the devotees of these deities. These incarnations may have been his children who migrated out of Ilé-Ifè, to resettle in these new locations. They were subsequently honored and later deified probably because of their father’s magnanimity and prowess.  

***The Hunchback carried it on his own back – The Dwarf wore oversized gown to the shrine – The Albino did not ask his eyes did not clearly see -Husband of Cripple that mopped the floor and spoilt it.

Obatala is the Orisha responsible for molding the physical form of humanity before God gives us life with his divine breath. He is always perfectly clean and expresses himself with the presence of Efun (white chalk). Liquor and red palm oil are taboo to him and his followers. Obatala is the Orisha of logic, thought, and clarity and as such children of Obatala are generally logical and heady. In fact, children of Obatala invariably require more alone time than most other people as their lives are often ruled by their ability to think quietly and process.  

Obatala is honored with brilliant White cloth, White lace, White beads and cowries, White flowers, silver coins, and silver jewelry. He is honored with White hens, snails, White melon soup, pounded yams, and other white food such as eko, fermented corn wrapped in plantain leaves. Sunday is said to be his sacred day of the week. == Obatala Uses Elephant Teeth (Otura-Odi)

The insignia of Obàtálá is ‘Opa’, the staff; and is consequently the word to which a suffix or prefix is added to make the name complete.  In other places, Orisha is used instead of Opa to delineate Obàtálá as the king of all the Orishas. It is to the same Opa that sacrifices are offered. God named Obatala with his own name Alaba–Lase (God  word) through empowered authority delegated to Obatala on his journey into the earth. Obatala’s shrine is used to be designed with white chalk “efun”, Yemowo is his wife and his favorite food is pounded yam and egusi cooked with snail. A small girl or elderly women are responsible for fetching the water into the shrine, on the way to the river they must not talk to anybody and ring the bell for everyone to be aware that they are messengers of Obatala. Yemowo is a divinity worshiped in the river along with the other rites of Obatala. 

May the Spirit of purity & transparency sweetens our lives today as he did with Ireke (sugarcane). If one has one’s wealth it is surely the sweetness of one’s person Obatala is he who has given sweetness to Ireke. If one has one’s own children in life It is surely the sweetness of one’s person Obatala is he who has given sweetness to Ireke.

!!!There is a myth that speaks of a time when Heaven and Earth were side-by-side. And human beings could travel back-and-forth between Heaven-Orun and Earth-Aiye with little difficulty. But as with such things a man violated a temple regarding such travel that Obatala had put in place. When Obatala became aware of the situation, he became furious. He Took the Opa in hand and begin to pound furiously on the ground. He commanded that from thence fourth, human beings would no longer be able to travel into heaven. He decreed that only after death would man be able to enter the Orun. And at Obatala’s command, the Earth and Heaven became separated

Reference Sources:   Asa Orisa Alaafin Oyo Esin  Esin Ibile = Google Search/Photo = Wikipedia = Babalawo Obanifa



14 thoughts on “OBATALA = Owner Of All Heads…”

    1. Thank you for this kindness. Since my Ifa initiation at age 17(now 59) you have helped to increase my understanding.

  1. Ifagbamila Majula Omotunde = Alafia… I am feeling so inspired and rejuvenated, by your wisdom and insight. thank u 4 you time and spiritual energy. these articles r, life saving, spirit and soul reviving. May my Tribe one day realize the essence of our true being, and how important it is 4 us 2 learn who we truly r, and from whence we come. I honor Obatala, every morning at dawn with fresh water and prayer, it prepares my ORI, 4 the day. Thank you again Baba, Peace, Love , Goodwill, Good Health… love you always.

  2. Fataah Ewe = In case you wondered about Obatala. Reference Yoruba spiritual culture, (the root), Afro-Cuban, Brazilian concepts & associations. Thank you Yagbe Awolowo Onilu for your hospitality, I’m admiring such good work, and ability to explain spiritual matters. Beautifully presented…

    Tuumea Omodada Oxum = The knowledge is uplifting. Thank you, Baba!

    Betty Alridge = As always Baba, your words are breathing renewed life into my soul, Maferefun Orunmila and blessings to you.

    Gustavo Cayro: Always grateful to Chief Yagbe Awolowo Onilu for sharing knowledge of the essence of our being… Of our experience as souls in the human vessel, on this planet, in this universe…..

    Measure The Breath & The Length – The Hands Reaches Much Higher Than The Head – No Forest Is So Dense That The Iroko Tree Cannot Be Seen. May Your Life Be Clear & Pure Like Water Drawn Early In The Morning For The Holy Spirit Of Obatala…

  3. I woke up from a 14 day coma. Learned while waking up in the hospital that I was pregnant with a well & alive healthy baby in my womb at the time. I am pleased to say beyond measure THANK YOU DEEPLY and my Iya governs me ever so gracefully and my Baba assist too with guiding me. I love you all and I am glad I woke up against all odds but I tell those with little faith that I am very unique ( enough ) to be ALIVE with a baby ALIVE so think, what does that say about me? Rhetorical. But I know through my spritual family the true answer to that question for ( those ) type
    ( thinkers).

  4. Thank you for this information! I found it to be quite interesting and thought provoking. Though this was posted a while ago, I came upon this page not by chance but by being led here. Thank you again! In reply to Donald Douzart. You may be able to find it in a local African market.

  5. Thank you for posting this page… has been very helpful as I am learning more about Obatala. It is an honor to read and learn more. Very helpful and insightful… Please continue to share!!

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