God of the Week: Babalu

12/13/2010: Babalu

Babalu-Aye is a god of disease and healing in the Yoruba religion. He is also worshiped in Hoodoo belief system.

Of course, most of us are aware of Babalu because of the song, made popular in American by Desi Arnaz.

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5 Comments on “God of the Week: Babalu”

  1. you’re kidding, right?

  2. Victor Says:

    No, it’s a real god. Honest.
    From the wikipedia page:
    “In the song’s lyrics, the singer wonders aloud what to do with a statue of Babalú Ayé, now that a Santería rite had been invoked by others. He suggests that seventeen candles be lit up, in the shape of a cross, and that a cigar and aguardiente be brought to him, as to pay homage to the deity. He then requests good luck, love from his beloved woman, and safety and protection to both.”

  3. I always suspected there was something wierd about Desi Arnez.

  4. Victor Says:

    That’s why Lucy couldn’t go down to the club to sing.

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