Recently I have been thinking and reflecting on what it means to be olorisha (literally it means “owner of orisha” but is translated as “priest” and describes those who have been initiated).
When someone says that are Christian, people typically understand what that means: A person who makes such a statement is saying that the follow Jesus Christ and that their lives are shaped and lived around that belief. It could mean that they are pro-life or reject science or are committed to loving their neighbors or caring for the least of these. But no matter how that individual person or how Christian communities choose to live out their faith, what they all have in common is that their belief shapes their life.
So what does it mean to be an aborisha (follower of orisha) or an olorisha? How do we shape our lives around this particular path? What values and practices do we hold dear because of our beliefs (or experiences)?