R.I.P. Ochani Lele (Stuart Myers), beloved child of Obatala

It is with deep sadness that I woke today to find that my friend and mentor Ochani Lele had died. He has had a rough couple of years and six weeks ago, he took a bad fall in his home and was {mis-}diagnosed with a torn rotator cuff. When the pain did not cease, he returned, several times to the doctor and finally demanded tests, which his doctor did five weeks later. It turned out that he had a broken neck but during the course of treatment, doctors discovered he also had stage four cancer. He was immediately moved to hospice where he passed away yesterday (November 27) at 7:30 in the morning. He was with his dear friend, Flavia, a child of Yemaya, who is now taking care of final expenses.

Stuart impacted so many people, both within Lukumi and without. He was generous to a fault with his time, constantly offered classes and wrote books trying to help those who wanted to learn how to honor the Orisha better, to live their lives more fully, to develop as pious, devout human beings. His work as a diviner was extraordinary and above all else, he was a gifted and good man. He will be missed, and the world is a poorer place without him here.

May the Orisha receive him and may he eat honey out of their hands.

For those wishing to donate to his final expenses, you may do so here. My house has given what we can.

Ochani lele

 

About ganglerisgrove

Galina Krasskova has been a Heathen priest since 1995. She holds a Masters in Religious Studies (2009), a Masters in Medieval Studies (2019), has done extensive graduate work in Classics including teaching Latin, Roman History, and Greek and Roman Literature for the better part of a decade, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Theology. She is the managing editor of Walking the Worlds journal and has written over thirty books on Heathenry and Polytheism including "A Modern Guide to Heathenry" and "He is Frenzy: Collected Writings about Odin." In addition to her religious work, she is an accomplished artist who has shown all over the world and she currently runs a prayer card project available at wyrdcuriosities.etsy.com.

Posted on November 28, 2019, in African Traditional Religions, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I’m so sorry to hear this…and to have the full background on the actual situation involved. This is horrible, and should certainly not have happened this way…

    November 27th is something of an auspicious day, at least in my tradition, because it is Antinous’ Birthdate, so despite this death not being something to celebrate as such, I’m sure Antinous Himself would do all possible to assist Ochani’s crossing over.

    May all of the Orisha, and especially Obatala, and all of his Ancestors greet him warmly and give him all solace, and may he be remembered always by those who were fortunate enough to have known him.

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