Obatala is the kindly father of all the orishas and all humanity. He is also the owner of all heads and the mind. Though it was Olorun who created of the universe, it is Obatala who is the creator of the world and humanity. Obatala is the source of all that is pure, wise, peaceful and compassionate. He has a warrior side though through which he enforces justice in the world. Obatala is the eldest of the Orishas, the owner of white cloth, the king of peace and logic. He encourages us to use diplomacy and reason when acting and is often the Orisha who mediates disputes between the other orishas. Obatala is actually an androgynous Orisha where half of his avatars are male and the other half are female. It is therefore possible to have a female Obatala like the road Obanla in addition to male roads like Ayaguana. Obatala's shrine is placed higher than the other Orishas' shrines out of respect for his status as their elder. He is often depicted as an elderly black man with chalk white hair dressed in white robes. His color is white which is often accented with red, purple and other colors to represent his/her different paths. White is most appropriate for Obatala as it contains all the colors of the rainbow yet is above them. Obatala is also the only orisha that has both male and female parts.
A.K.A: Our Lady of Mercy
Prayer: Obatala oba laye ela iwo alara ache
* Obatala Obamoro's shrine draped in light lavender cloth with oke on the right and Agidai on the left.