This is the traditional, large, round clay Babalu pot which is a dome with 7 holes and a large dish to hold his secrets. They can be cemented together if need be.
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DOME/LID" 5 inches high, 7.5 inches diameter
BOWL 3 inches high x 9 inches diameter
LID AND BOWL TOGETHER: 7 inches high
Terracotta Clay/ barro.
Babalú-Ayé is a West African, Central African and diaspora orisha of contagious diseases and epidemics, and healing from them. As the orisha of both sickness and healing, he is both feared and loved.
In the Americas, Babalú-Ayé is syncretized with the Catholic Saint Lazarus. There are actually two Saints Lazarus: Saint Lazarus of Bethany (John 11:18, 30, 32, 38) and the beggar Lazarus (Luke 16).
Saint Lazarus of Bethany was raised from the dead by Jesus after he had been entombed for four days. In popular culture, Saint Lazarus has become a metaphor for the restoration of life.
His number is 17 which is a prime number.
La Caminata at the Church of Saint Lazarus in Rincón,
“La Caminata” is a famous Cuban pilgrimage to the Church of Saint Lazarus in Rincón, on December 17 every year.
In Caribbean Indigenous tradition, people blow cigar smoke at images of the saint. In total, this is a rich representation of the Indigenous + European + African traditions.
The pilgrimage may be done in hope that a prayer will be answered or to give thanks for a prayer delivered.