Reconstructing the Past
Traditional Religions of Africa
The Orisha are the spirits and other traditional gods of the people from Africa. The Europeans who enslaved them would have tried to remove the religion from the people, and surplant their worship of the Orisha with worship of The Sovereign Host. This lead to a blended religion of the worship of the Sovereign Host and the Orisha called Voodoo, which spread rapidly through the Carribean and onward to New Orleans, where slaves had to hide their traditional religions from their slave masters. Their traditional religions follow several groups of Orisha, the Ancestral, Celestial, Elemental, and Fiendish Orisha. The priests of the Orisha belong to the Oracle class.
The Ancestral Orisha are the ancestors of those that worship them. They are a form of benevolent incorporeal undead. They have domain over fertility, luck, protection, and strength, and they have the same alignment that they did in life.
These are good outsiders that are worshiped and are technically gods, of the pantheon of the Orisha.
These are neutral spirits of the elemental planes, they are associated with natural phenomena such as lakes, streams, mountains, and the sky. As well as more man made phenomena like bonfires.
Fiendish Orisha are what other religions would call demons or devils, but are respected just as any of the other Orisha because they are also forces in this world and should be respected, lest mortals invoke their wrath.