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Throne for Iyawo

Throne for Iyawo

To the right of the Elegua throne (it was a very crowded Ocha room!) was the throne for the new initiate (Iyawo) of Ogun who had just been crowned. Normally, an Ogun initiate’s throne is made exclusively of tree boughs fashioned into an arbor, but in this case the throne builder decided to add some different fabrics. The boughs are hung with jicaras painted green, black, and red by the Iyawo before his initiation, and roasted jutía and rooster. In Matanzas, Iyawos’ thrones are narrow and include a table upon which the Orishas are raised as soon as they are fed. Only the Iyawo lives on the floor, not the Orishas.