There is an inherent sense of pride in the accomplishment of a significant commitment such as becoming an olosha or priest/ess of the Orisha. The ceremony by which this is accomplished is called Kariosha, it literally means to have the Orisha seated in your head.
However, this is interpreted as well as a ‘crowning’ because that energy is held literally inside of the skull, the skull being akin to a stone. However, the language has a way of playing tricks of perception and self recognition. This word literally is taken out of context and is interpreted by the ego as a badge of honor and applied by many initiates literally into their daily lives where they perceive themselves as queens and kings.
When people ask me about my religion, I am proud to say that I am an initiate to Yemayá. As one of her oloshas I have but one task: To serve my orisha. But where does the word ‘service’ fit when initiates are running around speaking so proudly about their crowns? Where does the word apply when charity is needed and the first thing to be considered are derechos (fees)? Where is the person that came to knock at the door of the Igbodú (initiatory room) as a supplicant to ask humbly for admission to a priestshood/esshood?
I do believe the orisha needs more humble hearts and less folks talking about their crowns as if they truly were wearing tiaras of gold and jewels. But this is just my humble perspective as one that lives to serve the orisha and the community. What is yours?
Oní Yemayá Achagbá