When a Iyawo or Elegun is mounted with Orisha in trance possession during a feast or shire, they are taken from the room by Ekedis and dressed in ritual clothes, which consist of many layers, and are accompanied by ritual objects for that specific Orisha. It takes years of training to learn the specific details for each Orisha, and many weeks and months of work crafting the elaborate clothing and crowns, called "Ades", in Yoruba.
Iya Lucinha is a master designer, artist and seamstress she honored me by taking out a lot of the ritual clothing, and allowing me to photograph it.
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