For me becoming an Iyawó is akin to becoming one with the saint. The traditions and rituals are intended for the initiated to be in service of the Santo that governs one’s ori. The Iyawó is married to the santo the moment they are crowned. It is a powerful experience and one I am forbidden to share in detail because there are secrets I must honor. But what I can say is that for example when one is chosen as child of Ochun it is a lifetime commitment to serving her, and the same goes for all of the other saints in the pantheon.
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