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n. pl. o·ri·shas or orisha
1. Any of various spirits in West African and especially Yoruban religious belief that can interact directly with human beings, often ritually invoked to influence human affairs or communicate messages from the spirit world.
2. Any of various similar spirits in African-based syncretic religions such as Santería and Candomblé, often in which traditional African spirits are identified with Roman Catholic saints.

[Yoruba òrìṣà.]
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(Other Non-Christian Religions) any of the minor gods or spirits of traditional Yoruba religion and its S American and Caribbean offshoots such as Santeria and Candomblé
[from Yoruba orisha and the Portuguese spelling orixá]
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