In this day and age we often turn to the Internet for answers about everything. We feel a pain and jump on WebMd, we want to shop and we click a button; there seem to be few issues that the Internet can’t solve.
As Orisha religion grows in the United States, through various traditions, there’s also the tendency to look to the Internet for answers and explanations. “What’s the big deal?” Many ask.
The difference between finding answers to your questions about Orisha and looking for other information on the Internet is that people are more likely to be able to discern whether information is credible or not when researching topics where they’ve already got some level of familiarity.
Many people searching for information about Orisha on the Internet don’t yet know enough to determine whether what they’re reading is from an authentic and credible source. What we’ve noticed happening more rapidly than ever before is people reading misinformation online and subsequently calling into question the word of seasoned priests in the various Orisha religions. In other words, “Baba Google” has a huge following.
Ìyálòrìsà Oyaláõre, a medical doctor and Iyalorisa, hosts a weekly YouTube show every Wednesday evening in Portuguese. Her topic this week was precisely the dilemma of Baba Google. If you don’t speak Portuguese, use YouTube’s CC option at the bottom of your screen to auto-translate subtitles. The automatic translation isn’t perfect, but you’ll be able to get a clear sense of some problematic issues that come with the globalization of Orisha religion.