African - A primordial divine spirit of the Yoruba. His servant Eshu hated his master and rolled a huge rock on to his house, killing Orisha and splitting him into 401 fragments, the gods that collectively comprise Orishanla. Also referred to as Orisha.
African - Minor gods of the Yoruba. There are said to be 1,700 of these beings and they asked Olodumare to devolve power to them. They made such a mess of running the universe that they had to hand power back to the supreme god who soon put matters right. In some references, identified as Orisha.

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