About Ile Oro's orisa lineage
Our orisha lineage extends from the orisha branch known as "The Millionaire's Branch" founded by Ña Rosalía Abreu, Efunshé Warikondó, by way our great Oba Oriate, Miguel " Willie" Ramos - Ilari Oba. This branch originates in Old Havana with roots in Pogolotti in Mariano Cuba. Efunshé was believed to be from the Egbado region in Yorubaland and she was very instrumental in the formation of the Lukumí tradition in Cuba. Efunshé is credited for introducing the Havana-centric ordination ceremony practiced today in Cuba that eventually spread to the U.S. and abroad. The Lukumí community recognizes Efunshé as the Founding Mother of the Lukumí tradition.
Among Efunshé are other elders credited for being founders of Ile Oro's orisha lineage. They include Ma Monserrate González, Obá Tero (the source of many Egbado orishas in Cuba); Fermina Gómez, Oshabí (the most reputable source of Olokun and other Egbado orisha worship in Matanzas, Cuba); Tata Gaitan, Ogundá’fún (founder of Ifa in Cuba and the Babalawó best known for consecrating the first set of Olokún drums); and Pancho Mora, Ifá Morote (the first Babalawó in the U.S.).
Roque Rafael Duarte “Jimagua El Italero," Tini Ibu (founder of the Lukumí tradition in the U.S. and abroad, and late mentor to many of the present day Oriates).
Sixta Rodriguez, Sixta Gaitan (sister of Tata Gaitan and Great Great Great Great Grandmother of Ile Oro); Herminia Contry, Oshun Kayode (the Great Great Great Grandmother of Ile Oro); Pascuala Rivalta, Oshun We (the Great Great Grandmother of Ile Oro); Reynaldo Fernandez, Mayo Idumi (founder of the religion in the U.S. and Great Grandfather of Ile Oro); and Odun (founder of the Lukumí tradition in Chicago and Grandfather of Ile Oro); Carmen Allen (Grandmother of Ile Oro).
Miguel “Willie” Ramos, Ilari Oba (Oba, Oriate and Grandfather of Ile Oro); and Jeffery Mark Gonzalez, Olubanke (Grandfather of Ile Oro); and Alaje Thomas, Fadesiye (Father in Orisha of Ile Oro).