O R I X A
Formed from his fingers, Olorun watched over his new creations, humans. They were...nice, he thought. Boring, but nice. As though by foresight of future human disappointment, he birthed additional beings. Divine creatures that painted his new sky with their abilities, split the earth's surface with their voices, and filled the wells and reservoirs with their tears. They were divine indeed.
Amongst themselves, they were simple beings.
But, amongst humans, they were gods.
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An O R I S H A is a spirit that manifests Supreme Divinity in Yoruba religion. Some are said to have existed on Earth disguised as common human beings, and others were recognized as deities for their tremendous abilities.
That's fine and dandy--but, reincarnation? No, thanks.