Babalu Babalu Aye….many Americans were introduced to this Cuban Santeria chant through the classic television show I Love Lucy and its leading character Ricky Ricardo (played by Desi Arnaz). The song was written in honor of the god Babalu by Margarita Lecuona and popularized by Miguelito Valdesin 1941. On television, it was the signature number for the Latin bandleader we came to know and love, Ricky Ricardo. He opened the door to this powerful Orisha, and for that we are grateful.
December 17th is the Day
Babalu Aye is the God of sickness, of infectious disease, and consequently of healing. His feast day is December 17th, which is syncretized with the feast of San Lazaro. His name has been translated as the “king who hurts the world.” Babalu Aye is worshipped under many different names Sonponno among the Yoruba, Sakpata or Sagbata among the Fon of West Africa. Some believe his name is so sacred it is not to be spoken.
Legend of Babalu Aye
One version of the pataki, or myth, associated with the birth of this Lukumi (Santeria) deity speaks of the creation of the world. It is said that when Olodumare ( the God of the Rainbow) was handing out divine powers to the Orisha, he gave the power or Ashe of the river to Oshun, the power or
Botanicals for Babalu Aye
– The following herbs are sacred to Babalu Aye and would be suitable for use in a healing bath or as a candle dressing. Anise Agave Basil
Bay Leaves Broom Camphor Clove Carnation Ginger Heliotrope Pine Nuts Poppy Seed Rosemary Rue Sage Sesame Seeds Thistle If you like what you read here please subscribe to my RSS feed and Youtube Channel, and follow Lilith Dorsey on Twitter. To Learn more about Babalu Aye- Please check out: The Association of Readers and Rootoworkers- Babalu Aye Babalu Aye Ceremony Miami