The kolam, or "rangoli" is a traditional mandala, a geometric pattern, that women design in front of their houses during festivities. In Tamil culture is a strong form of expression by the women, who express their feelings in this secret way.
WHAT ARE OBI ABATA? Used for divining in the Yoruba/Ifa tradition. These Obi are cut from a hard coconut shell, shaved and sanded by hand into 4 small circles of equal size. Then a Cowry shell is securely added to each one. I can be designed with desired colors and energies.
Goddess: Oya (Yoruba) : Oya is the Yoruba warrior-goddess of fire, wind, magic, fertility, and other chaotic, electrifying phenomena. She's also the goddess of the Niger river, and she wears a lot of red! She is not a goddess in quite the same sense as a Greco-Roman deity, but is an "orisha," an elemental spirit.