These are common terms that you may hear often:

Ache/Ashe Energy that exists in the universe and everything in it. Difficult to explain in just a few short sentences because, by it’s nature, it exceeds human understanding. Ashe is grace, it’s wisdom, it’s knowledge. Ashe is life force, it’s vitality, it’s carried inside of us and it’s all around us.
ATR African Traditional Religion. Loosely, it encompasses all African beliefs and practices that are considered religious but neither Christian nor Islamic.
Baba title used for any male priest who has initiated another priest
Derecho/Ashedi the payment/offering for a ceremony or service
Dilogun/Merindilogun Divination using cowry shells
Ebo Ritual offering or sacrifice as guided by divination.
Egun The ancestors. The foundation of all things. Spirits of departed ancestors, either by blood or by religious lineage.
Elegua An Orisha. See Elegua page
Eleke The multi-colored bead necklaces represent the energies of the Orishas, and are consecrated (so please don’t touch). They provide spiritual protection for the wearer – and also serve to identify co-religionists. The bracelets (ides or manillas) are like the beads (elekes) – they represent different Orishas and are consecrated.
Ifa Refers to the traditional religion of Yorúbà culture.
Ile Religious house; community. A group of related priests, and godchildren (initiated and uninitiated) who come together to pray, to learn, and to perform ceremonies.
Iya title used for any female priest who has initiated another priest
Iyawo Newly initiated (bride of the orisha). They undergo a week-long process of “symbolic” death and rebirth. For one year, they are in their “year in white” (iyaworaje) where they are vulnerable. They have restrictions and limitations in regards to behavior, food, dress, contact with people and other aspects of daily life. Sometimes also called Iyabo (novice).
Kariocha Ceremony where orisha is seated in the person’s crown; becoming a priest. See Iyawo.
Madrina female godparent
Obatala An Orisha. See Obatala page
Obi Used for divination. Obi traditionally refers to the use of the kola nut. Coconut can also be used; this is also commonly called agbon.
Ojibona 2nd godparent
Olodumare The Supereme Creator. Created the universe. (confusing and complicated to explain in one sentence but we are a monothesestic religion and we believe God is one being)
Olofí Communicates to the orishas, who then communicate with people.
Olorún Breathed life into the universe through the sun.
Orisha Orishas are the “messengers” of Olodumare. They rule over forces of nature and the endeavors of humanity. They are recognized by numbers and colors, have favorite foods and things they like as gifts. They are best understood by observing the forces of nature they rule over. As you observe the orishas work in the world, you will gain a better understanding of them in their ways.
Oshun An Orisha. See Oshun page
Oya An Orisha. See Oya page
Padrino male godparent
Pataki Sacred stories that were passed down orally through the generations.
Rama A lineage of priests – dating back to one common initiated ancestor.
Santeria In this house, we consider Santeria a derogatory term and do not use it. It was originally used as an insult meaning “saint crazy”. Orisha are often popularly referred to as “saints”, however – Shango is not Saint Barbara, nor is Babaluaye Saint Lazarus. These correspondences merely masked the African practices at a time when it was forbidden.
Shango An Orisha. See Shango page
Yemoja An Orisha. See Yemoja page