Obaluaye is the spiritof sickness and healing of the sick people. The Orisas also called him Soponno.  He is considered a male energy.  Obaluayé is the spirit that causes smallpox, a sickness that was once rampant among the Yorubas.  Obaluayé was synchronized with Saint Lazarus among the Yorubas of the New World. Yoruba were afraid of the deadliness that was associated with Obaluayé.  The worshippers of the Orisa are feared by everyone among the Yoruba.