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Iconography of ORIXÁS

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The artist Carybe interpreted the main elements of the orixás through drawing, sculpture, carving and engraving, as well as watercolor , performing a study of iconography of the culture through which he was fascinated. Each element of the artist's watercolors has a meaning associated with the Afro-Brazilian cult, from color to accessories, which use is associated with a particular divinity. The orixás related to the feminine are: Obah, Nanan, Yemanjá, Ewa, Oxum and Iansan. As these names are of Yoruba origin, they may undergo minor changes in spelling, and certainly in their iconography, depending on the country of practice.



Obá is an orixá connected to water, warrior and little feminine. His clothes are red and white, he wears a shield, a sword, and a copper crown. Colors : Brown, Red and Yellow Symbols : Ofange (sword) and Shield of Copper, Ofá (bow and arrow) Elements : Fire and Water Revolts



Oxum is the queen of all rivers and waterfalls. It is the most sensual and feminine orixá, it is the owner of the fecundity of women, it is the symbol of motherhood in the Camdomblé. Colors : Yellow - Gold Symbol : Fan with mirror (Abebé) Element : Freshwater (Rivers, Waterfalls, Springs, Ponds) strong>



It is the goddess of the river Niger, but also associated with fire. It has the power of storms, of winds. She is the least feminine of the orixás, she is hardworking. The horns are associated with the virility of the goddess. Colors : Brown, Red and Pink Symbols : Sword and Eruexin Elements : Air moving, any kind of wind, Fire strong>