The Orisha, the African Gods, is one of the oldest and most active pantheons, being about as old as the Neter. Despite not being as influential in the Divine Geopolitics as they used to be in ancient times, they are still very active and very populated.
Unlike their Egyptian counterpart, who value social order above all, the Orisha are mostly free on every aspect the Neter is not. As wild as the jungle, they do have a hierarchy, but it is very loose and every other pantheon sees the Orisha as a chaotic mess. However, their lack of discipline was balanced by their martial power back then and their wisdom nowadays, ensuring them a long-lasting lifespan throughout the millenia. This lack of hierarchy has also led them to be much closer to the World and its people than other Pantheons. In particular, the younger Loa are particularly close to Humanity, often taking over human bodies using Chwal abilities to spend time among their followers.
The history of this group of Gods is as rich and ancient as Africa itself and they have their share of treason, plots, losses and ambitions. They originated from the Primordial Trinity: Eledumare (the Creator), Olorun (the Ruler), and Oro (the Messenger).
The pantheon is composed of two generations of Gods: the Ancient Orisha and the Loa. The former were the original deities that set foot on African lands. Mainly composed of warriors and primal Gods, they were very active in the fight against the Titans and in their expansion. They were the main rivals of the Neter over the African continent. But several millennia of war and losses and the Slave Trade changed their approach and ambitions. This is when the Loa came to be. Indeed, the Slave Trade implanted Orisha people across the oceans in places like Haiti, Cuba, Louisiana or South America. With this unfortunate and unexpected territory expansion, the Orisha came at odds with the Ayllus and the Teotl and therefore disputing borders on three different fronts. So instead of following the ancient behavior which costed them valuable lives, the new generation of Gods decided to get a more benevolent view of their duties towards humans and relations with other pantheons. They taught humans under their protection how to endure in hope of better days and to dissimulate their beliefs. The few centuries the Slave Trade lasted are still considered today as the Dark Age of the Orisha.
Since slavery was abolished, the Orisha is gaining influence once again and is the most age-mixed pantheon up to this day, with thousands years old Gods living with 200 years old "younglings". But this pantheon is no longer as warlike and will rather take care of their own, with rather smaller but more secure ambitions. Where other pantheons might want to save continents or worlds, the Orisha will take pride into making a city or even a family safe and prosper.
The high population of this pantheon is explained by its great production of Godborns in ancient times and their large area of influence. Due to its aggressive approach on the world issues, the Orisha lost several of their own brothers and sisters and numerous Godborns replaced them, some dying and others becoming long-lasting deities. Nowadays the number of their Godborns is decreasing to more average numbers and the Loa would rather take time to educate their children into the new ways of the Orisha.
Some might consider them blind to the bigger threats and global objectives, sometimes even stubborn, but the Orisha has learned the hard way how to hold back from rash action. And even though a few fighter and warrior Gods from the first generation are still alive and eager to repel the Titans, the vast majority of the pantheon is no longer appealed by any fight other than one directly threatening their safety. And even though such threats should arise, they will always use violence as a last resort, preferring to make use of their diplomatic relations, with the blessing of Yemoja, mother of a big part of the pantheon.
Members of the Orisha
First Generation (~3500 BC to ~1200 BC)
- Aganju: God of War and Blood
- Damballa: God of the Sky
- Eledumare: Primordial Trinity, Father of the Gods
- Olorun: Primordial Trinity, Ruler of Ikole Orun, King of the Orisha and God of the Sun
- Yemoja: Goddess of Fertility and Women
Second Generation (~1200 BC to 15th century AD)
- Anansi: Spider God of Tricks and Knowledge
- Ayao: Goddess of Air
- Azaka: Goddess of Lightning
- The Marassa: Twin Gods of Justice
- Ogoun: God of Iron and Crafting
- Shapona: God of Earth, Disease and Healing
- Simbi: God of Rain and Magic
Lwa Generation (15th Century AD - Today)
- Baron Samedi: God of Death, Keeper of Guinee
- Erzulie: Goddess of Love and Flowers
- Kalfu: God of Darkness
- Legba: God of Crossroads, Psychopomp
- Maman Brigitte: Goddess of Death
Gods from the Legends Timeline
Lost Gods of the Orisha
- Eshu: Messenger of the Gods, Psychopomp (Killed by Tezcatlipoca)
- Oba: Goddess of Water and Rivers (Killed by Sobek)
- Oduduwa: God of Reality (Absorbed by Coeus)
- Olokun: God of the Ocean and Abyss (Absorbed by Abzu)
- Oro: Primordial Trinity, Messenger of the Gods, Psychopomp (Killed by Apep)
- Orunmila: God of Wisdom, Knowledge and Divination (Unknown Killer)
- Oshosi: God of Hunt and Wealth (Killed or Missing in Terra)
- Oshun: Goddess of Love and Luxury (Killed by Hel)
- Oya: Goddess of Death, Fire and Magic (Killed by Shango)
- Shango: God of Thunder (Killed by Zeus and Thor)
~3100 BC - The Orisha is formed
- The Slave Trade begins, expanding the Orisha territory over the World.
- Eshu is ambushed by Tezcatlipoca.
- The Lwa generation starts to appear
19th Century AD
- Tensions between the Teotl in the South and the Theoi and the Aesir in the North trigger the American Civil War which ended with the defeat of the Aztecs Gods. The Orisha, thanks to diplomatic manoeuvers of Yemoja and her son Abraham Lincoln, managed to obtain the ban of slavery from North America while remaining neutral - officially that is - during the conflict.