Obatala Oil .50 ounce glass bottle. Crafted with bergamot, eucalyptus, aloeswood, thyme, and much more, with great respect and regard to the specific traits and attributes of Obatala.
Obatala, meaning king of the white cloth, is the eldest of all Orishas. Seen as the quintessential father figure, Obatala watches over all younger Orishas. He is revered as the king of kings and the creator of all mankind. Under the power of his father Olorun, Obatala created the Earth and all of the living things that inhabit it. He is the Orisha of leadership, knowledge, justice, those who are handicapped and the military.
Once a strong warrior who witnessed terrible acts of violence, this patient and compassionate deity provides kindness to those who pray to him. Obatala presides over the other Orishas and intervenes with their arguments and disagreements. He is widely respected as a fair and patient judge. Obatala is married to Yemana, the goddess of the ocean, and is father to many Orishas.
Always dressed in white, Obatala represents purity and calmness. White is considered the most sacred of all of the colors in Santeria, as it symbolizes Obatala. His unwavering dedication to truth and clarity are symbolized by his all white attire. He is portrayed as an older man in white robes holding a staff or torch. Mountains, hills and other high places are favorites of this Orisha. He finds clarity and pureness of thought by connecting to nature high above the distractions of everyday life.
Obatala is the only Orisha who has both masculine and feminine qualities. There are, therefore, some female depictions of Obatala. The Christian image of Our Lady of Mercy is linked to and associated with the female form of the Orisha Obatala. Obatalah’s counterpart in Vodoun, is Damballah
Offerings made to Obatala should follow the rules of purity that this Orisha embodies. He favors bland, white foods, such as meringue, rice, coconut, cocoa butter, white yams and eggs. Do not, under any circumstances, offer Obatala alcohol. Salty and spicy foods are also no-no’s for his altar.
Source Credit: Original Botanica in part, and Wikipedia, in part.