Derived from a scale composed to represent Olodumare, the supreme God in the Yoruba tradition, Obatalá he eldest of the orishas in Santeria and king of the religion in orun (heaven). He is also the father of many of the orishas and as such is given great respect and deference by the other orishas in matters of great importance. He also acts as the “referee” or judge when the orishas have quarrels, working to restore and preserve peace at all times. Obatala protects all people, and acts as a guardian for those who do not yet know who their guardian orisha is.