In Yoruba mythology
was a creator god; he made human
bodies, and his father, Olorun
(husband of Olokun
), breathed life into them. Obatala also created defective (handicapped) individuals while drunk off palm wine
, making him the patron deity of such people. He is the god of the north. He had a son named Orunmila
In Umbandism, a type of Vodun, Obatala is the oldest Orisha. In Santeria, another type of Vodun, Obatala is the equivalent of Our Lady of Mercy.