Father Lord of the World
Babalu punishes people with smallpox, leprosy and other viral afflictions.
Babalu represents the results or diseases of overindulgence and excesses.
Babalu is the wrath of the earth.
Babalu evolves into different forms of disease hence he is always a step ahead of science.
Babalu demands moderation and humility in all things.
Babalu will punish those that disrespect the earth.
Babalu is associated with inoculation and immunization. He gives the disease and he provides a means to cure it. Babalu represents the concept that small amounts of disease can shelter you from the disease itself.
Babalu is the outcast. Babalu is extremely sensitive, fierce and almost implacable..
Babalu represents the idea that life, even at it's worst, is worth the struggle to survive.