Isogui, Fruits for the Orishas

There are two types of offerings I love giving to the orishas: isogui (fresh fruits) and bioñi (sweets). Their ashé is so powerful that when divining, Elegguá often directs my clients to give one or both to the orishas. Unfortunately, there are no published lists detailing their preferences, and there are few resources giving the old Lucumí names for these fruits and sweets. What follows is a partial list of fruits accepted by the orishas. Where possible, I provide both the Latin and Lucumí names of each. In a few days, I will follow up with a list of sweets preferred by the orishas, giving the Lucumí names where possible.

 

Elegguá: raspberry, common banana [ogedé (Musa paradisiaca, var. normalis, L.)], coconut, chili pepper [atá (Capsicum fructescens, L.)], sugar cane [ireké], dwarf bananas [ogedé keké (Musa acuminate, L.)], Spanish plum [Okiká (Spondias purpúrea, L.)], Spanish lime [Omoilá (Melicocca bijuga, L.)], Surinam cherry [pitangá (Eugenia uniflora, L.)].

 

Ogún: coconut, common banana [ogedé (Musa paradisiaca, var. normalis, L.)], green coconut, chili pepper [atá (Capsicum fructescens, L.)], watermelon, pineapple [egboibo], sugar cane [ireké], “burro” plantain [ogedé], pomegranate.

 

Ochosi: white grapes, coconuts, and green pears.

 

Oyá: raspberry, red grapes, coconuts, star apple (red or purple only), papaya [ibepé], red bananas [ogedé pupá], Spanish plum [okiká (Spondias purpúrea, L.)], pomegranate [oroko], Surinam cherry [pitangá (Eugenia uniflora, L.)].

 

Obatalá: green apples, green pears, white grapes, coconut, sugar apple, star apple (white ones only), cantaloupe [bara ifín], sour sop [eko omondé (Annona muricata, L.)], breadfruit [gberefú], custard apple [mekerí (Annona reticulate, L.)], sapodilla/gum fruit [nekigbé (Manilkara zapota, L.)], pomegranate [oroko].

 

Aganyú: mamey apple (Mammea Americana, L.), dates, coconut, pineapple [egboibo], dragon fruit/cactus pear [Esogí (Hylocereus triangularis, L.)], breadfruit [gberefú], common bananas [ogedé (Musa paradisiaca, var. normalis, L.)], and plantains [ogedé agbigba].

 

Oshún: egg fruit (Pouteria campechiana, HBK), tangerine, peach, grapefruit, persimmon, plum rose, coconut, honeydew melon [bara eguré], cashew fruit [kajú], dwarf bananas [ogedé keké (Musa acuminate, L.)], mango [oro], orange [orombó].

 

Yemayá: green grapes, coconut, plantains [ogedé agbigba], watermelon [bara agbeyé], common banana [ogedé (Musa paradisiaca, var. normalis, L.)], mango [oro], pineapple [egboibo], papaya, green apples, green pears, and sugar cane [ireké (for Yemayá Ogúnté Ogúnasomí only)].

 

Shangó: mamey apple (Mammea Americana, L.), red apple, coconut, chili pepper [atá (Capsicum fructescens, L.)], mamey sapote [emí (Colocarpum sapota, L)], dragon fruit/cactus pear [esogí (Hylocereus triangularis, L.)], yellow mombin [iyeyé (Spondias mombin, L.)], cashew fruit [kajú], apple/silk bananas [ogedé], Spanish plum [okiká (Spondias purpúrea, L.)], pomegranate [oroko], common bananas [ogedé (Musa paradisiaca, var. normalis, L.)], plantains [ogedé agbigba].

 

Olokun: coconut, watermelon [bara agbeyé], and pineapple.

 

Érínlè: persimmon, plumrose, coconut, figs [opotó (Ficus carica, L.)], orange [orombó].

 

Ibeyi: raspberry, coconut, cashew fruit [kajú], sapodilla/gum fruit [nekigbé (Manilkara zapota, L.)], dwarf banana [ogedé keké (Musa acuminate, L.)], Spanish plum [okiká (Spondias purpúrea, L.)], Spanish lime [omoilá (Melicocca bijuga, L.)], mango [oro], Surinam cherry [pitangá (Eugenia uniflora, L.)], coco plum [kinseké (keep coco plums far away from Yemayá — she abhors them!)].

 

Orishaokó: custard apple [mekerí (Annona reticulate, L.)], coconuts.

 

Babaluaiye: coconut, green coconut, chili pepper [atá (Capsicum fructescens, L.)].

 

Oba: persimmon, plumrose, coconut, papaya, mango [oro].

 

Orí: white or green apples, green pears, white grapes, coconut, breadfruit [gberefú].

 

Odua: green pears, white grapes, coconut, sour sop [eko omondé (Annona muricata, L.)], breadfruit [gberefú], figs [opotó (Ficus carica, L.)].

 

Osain: chilli pepper [atá (Capsicum fructescens, L.)], coconut.

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6 thoughts on “Isogui, Fruits for the Orishas

  1. If you’d like to make suggestions for this list. or if you know any of the fruits’ Lucumí names where I have omissions, please share! And “thank you” in advance!

  2. This is wonderful. Should you only give these fruits if dictated during a reading. Or can you give them anytime? I imagine they each have their own kind of force/ache’.

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