Agallu He is the orisha of volcanos

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Agallu He is the orisha of volcanos

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Agallu is the orisha that represents the nature and wrath of the volcano. He is a very tall gigantic man who lives alongside the rivers. Agallu/Agayu, Bi Yaya or Agallu Sola which he is also known, is represented by earthquakes, the energy and core of the earth. The lava and magma is associated with him, due to his mother Oroiña. He is the heat that comes from within all and keeps the earth moving. Agallu is the cane that holds all of the orishas. In Santeria, priests of Agallu receive him in a wooden or terra cotta vessel where his mysteries are kept. It is said that the vessel should stay uncover because you can’t put a cover on top of a volcano. You place a cloth of multicolor or mariwo (grass skirt) on top of him to contain anyone seeing his secrets. Agallu is that strength that we all have inside that comes from deep in our soul. The core of our body.

Earthquakes are associated with the orisha Agallu because it is him that is changing the earth from deep within the core. Whether it’s because the orisha is upset or he is making room for change. When humankind disrespects the earth, he lets go and shakes the walls of the core which quakes the earth. He is very popular on the western part of the United Sates due to the high volume of earthquakes. But people forget to realize that earthquakes happen in all parts of the world. It happens deep under the ocean crust where Agallu and Yemaya are planning on changing the surface of the earth. When an earthquake happens it changes the way we live on earth. From the new crust that shows more and new roads are built and theirs new life and artifacts to explore.

Agallu is also seen to be near riverbanks. He is the one that transports and people across the rivers. He is our modern day ferryman. He learned how to soothe the rough river waters after having a relationship with the orisha Oshun. From then, he has transported humankind across the rivers so they can reach the other side. Agallu’s colors is a burgundy or dark wine colors. He also takes the 9 colors of Oya due to an exchange that Oya gave him. She gave him her multicolor skirt to wear out of thanks for a favor. When Agallu walks he takes big strides and has a heavy foot. He is said that he takes big steps because he is stepping over huge obstacles. He carries a staff and his oshè (double edge ax), in which he uses when he walking around overstepping obstacles. He is a silent warrior as he stays to himself. But when he is bothered he comes with great force, just as the lava and the earthquakes that shake our planet

Agallu’s feast day is July 25. His sacrificial food is goats, roosters and guinea hens. His loves fruits and all things that his son Chango likes. He loves to be petitioned with 9 crackers with epo (palm oil) on it. Agallu’s children are very trustworthy, they love to be in charge and they are hot tempered as well. Their rages sometimes mimic the explosion of a volcano. Agallu was initiated on the heads of his children back in Africa but when it crossed the sea to the New World it didn’t quite make it over. Now his children are initiated through the secrets of Chango or Oshun. That initiation is called Chango oro Agallu or Oshun oro Agallu unless you can find someone with the correct knowledge of doing him directly on the head.

The family of Agallu

Oroiña

She is the orisha of lava and magma. She is the mother of Agallu who resides deep within the core of the earth. She is a very strong orisha who is received. Her ceremonies consists of offering that are dug deep to reach the core of the earth. With her son, she runs swiftly through anything and destroys everything in her path. She once had a battle with Ibu Ololodi (a path of Oshun), who lost the battle due to that Ololodi had the aide of Boito. Oroina is the heat at the center of the earth that heats our world heat up. She has ties with Olorun as her energy comes from him.


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