Who is Lukumí Babalú-Ayé, Santería's San Lázaro, Asojano Arará?
Friday, February 25, 2011
Where Lázaro de la Caridad Zulueta Soa Invokes Babalú-Ayé for the First Time
After Lázaro received Babalú-Ayé Lucumí and was warned about the end of his marriage, he took Babá home and installed him in the oricha room. And there he sat. Like many people, Lázaro was frightened by his powerful new roommate. Lázaro honored Babá every morning in his mojuba and wore his cachá from time to time, but for months he did not have the courage to approach Babá directly.
As domestic life became tenser and new challenges presented themselves, Lázaro finally turned to Babalú. One night he turned out the lights, lit candles and pressed his head to the floor before the shrine. He poured out his frustration and confusion. He explained that he loved more than one person. He cried that he was not ready to be a father, especially not with his wife. He cleaned himself with the já, prayed for clarity, and went to bed.
Just after midnight, Lázaro woke up vomiting. He vomited twelve times in the next ten hours, and before it was all over he was hunched over the toilet heaving.
I guess Lázaro needed a cleaning. Or maybe Babalú-Ayé just wanted him to humble himself.