Babalú-Ayé: The Orisha Who Can Cure The Sick
Call upon The Orisha Babalú-Ayé to alleviate suffering from illness, and to give him offerings and prayers to help those in need of his mercy.
Babalú-Ayé is an Orisha strongly associated with infectious disease and healing. The name Babalú-Ayé translates as “Father, lord of the Earth” and points to the authority this orisha exercises on all things earthly, including the body, wealth, and physical possessions.
In West Africa, he was strongly associated with epidemics of smallpox, leprosy, influenza, Ebola, and HIV/AIDS. Although strongly associated with illness and disease, Babalú-Ayé is also the spirit that cures these ailments.
Both feared and loved, Babalú-Ayé is sometimes referred to as the “Wrath of the supreme god” because he punishes people for their transgressions. People hold Babalú-Ayé in great respect and avoid calling his actual name because they do not wish to invoke epidemics.