Which Orisha? #8 Do All Living Things Have A Soul?

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Part 1(14.24mins) and Part 2 (9.17mins)

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Animism is the belief that objects, places, and creatures all possess a distinct spiritual essence. Potentially, animism perceives all things—animals, plants, rocks, rivers, weather systems, human handiwork, and perhaps even words—as animated and alive.

Source: wikipedia [accessed 16-9-20]

The Collective unconscious refers to structures of the unconscious mind which are shared among beings of the same species. It is a term coined by Carl Jung

Source: wikipedia [accessed 16-9-20]


In the West African Yoruba tradition (and others across the continent), in simple terms, humans, animals and plants are all considered to be 'persons'. This is not a unique belief amongst the religions of African Spirituality: Japanese Shintoism and Shamanic practices globally, hold similar beliefs. Carl Jung would perhaps site this phenomenon, as what he called 'the collective unconscious'. Perhaps Raul Dhal himself was a healer of the human psyche, just like many authors who intentionally use their words as medicine. What do you think?

There is an Orisha (a spiritual entity) who is associated with plants and trees and one who is associated with healing herbs and another for moulding the use of metals. The Sound Machine by author Raul Dhal provides an excellent example of how these Orisha come together to create our reality on earth (which is also considered to be a spiritual entity herself).

The Sound Machine short story is an exploration of the sense of sound and the nature of existence. There is an Orisha who is the owner and creator of all heads and of all creation. With this in mind, which Orisha would be associated with sound? With regards to the characters in this narrative, pay close attention to the actions of the medical practitioner, in part two. In the Yoruba tradition, as well as the Orisha which are inherently good, there is also a group of entities who represent that which is inherently bad. They are referred to as the Ajeogun.

QUESTION: Which Orisha and which Ajeogun might be associated with the Sound Machine story? Have fun with the story and with your research. If you would like to suggest any other Orisha, apart from the ones indicated by the clues below, you are welcome to, as long as you can justify the association.

Here are some Clues:

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