Set in the mythical African kingdom of Orisha, Tomi Adeyemi's Children of Blood and Bone is a story with the rare and sacred magic of the Maji at its heart. But who are the Maji, and which magical skill does each of the clans of Orisha possess? Find out about the tribes and their powers in this (spoiler-free) guide and find out your Maji with our quiz.
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Who are the Maji?
The Maji are citizens of Orisha who are born with the ability to summon magical powers and are easily distinguishable by their bright white hair. Each of the ten clans of Orisha and their associated Maji can harness an element of the natural world, with their magical powers based on this element. Read on for a guide to each of the ten clans.
The Clans of Orisha
Reaper- The Maji of Life and Death
This Maji, which hails from the Ikú clan, can access and manipulate the spirits of the living and the dead.
Their associated deity is OYA.
Connector - The Maji of Mind, Spirit and Dreams
A Connector - from the Èèmí clan - can read minds and tap into the dreams and consciousness of others.
Their associated deity is Orí.
Tider - The Maji of Water
Tiders of the Omi Clan can manipulate water and ice, moving and shaping its natural form.
Their associated deity is Yemoja.
Burner - The Maji of Fire
A Burner, the Maji of the Iná, can summon and control the element of fire.
Their associated deity is Sàngó.
Winder - The Maji of Air
Hailing from the Aféfé clan, Winders can control the air and change the course of the wind.
Their associated deity is Ayao.
Grounder and Welder - The Majis of Iron and Earth
These connected Aiye clan Maji can manipulate the earth's natural resources. A Grounder can shape and change the land, and a Welder can bend and contort metals.
Their associated deity is Ògún.
Lighter - The Maji of Darkness and Light
Lighters, the Maji of the Ìmólè clan, can summon darkness and invoke the light.
Their associated deity is Ochumare.
Cancer and Healer - The Maji of Health and Disease
These Ìwòsàn clan's Maji can manipulate the health of the human body, the Cancer can inflict sickness or disease, and the Healer can provide healing.
Their associated deity is Babalúayé.
Seer - The Maji of Time
The Seer of the Aríran clan can summon memories from the past and see into the future.
Their associated deity is Orúnmila.
Tamer - The Maji of Animals
Tamers, the Maji of the Eranko clan, can control and transform animals.
Their associated deity is Oxosi.
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Image credits: Map of Orisha Rich Deas, Maji Symbols Michelle Estrella. All Rights Reserved.