Campana Bell Agogo de Obatala Obattala Santeria Osha Ifa Orisha Yoruba King of the White Cloth
This is a beautiful, embossed and highly decorated agogo or ritual bell for the orisha, Obatala, the King of the White Cloth. Sound this bell with pride. More about Ọbàtála
Obatala or “Orisanla” (known as Obatalá in Yorubaland and in the Caribbean and South American Spanish and Oxalá in Brazil) is an orisha. He is believed, according to Yoruba cosmology, to be the Sky Father and the creator of human bodies, which were brought to life by the smooth breath of Olodumare. Obatala is the oldest of all orishas (irunmole). His principal wife is Yemaya according to understanding in the Caribbean. However, in Yorubaland, particularly Ile-Ife, where he is believed to have lived, it is understood that he had 201 wives with his favorite consort being Yemowo
Obatala was authorized by Olodumare to create land upon the water beneath the sky. Due to his efforts, the first Yoruba city, Ife, was founded. Obatala is Olodumare's representative on Earth and the shaper of human beings.
According to the oral traditions of Ife, the mortal Obatala was the founder of and the king of Ife during its classical period. His position as the King was challenged by Oduduwa who assumed leadership of the town for a brief moment. However, Obatala was able to emerge victorious in the contest and it led to the murder of his rival Oduduwa and the retrieval of his throne.
While there exists an Obatala in the Yoruba pantheon. The understanding of the qualities of the Obatala god was merged into the human Obatala that ruled in Ife upon his posthumous deification. Thus, the human Obatala who was the king of Ife was admitted to the Yoruba pantheon as an aspect of the primordial divinity of the same name.