When people begin the week-long initiation process into ATRs, they symbolically die and are reborn. Their old life ends, and a new one begins. During that week, in fact, during the entire first year after the initiation ceremony ends, new initiates are called iyawó/ yawó (pronounced: ya-WOH, or ya-BOH). Iyawó is a Lucumí word that's usually translated "bride of the Orichá" (regardless of the sex the initiate), but it's also correct to think of the iyabó as a "novice" in the religion. Both male and female initiates are called iyabó for the first year after initiation, and this one-year period is called the iyaworaje (pronounced: ya-woh-RA-hay). It's a time when the iyabó experiences limitations and prohibitions in terms of behavior, food, dress, contact with other people, and many other aspects of daily life. The year is a period of purification and rejuvination, as the iyabó gets used to interacting with the Orichás in a more intimate way. Traditionally, during the iyaworaje period, new initiates are known in their religious community only as iyabó -not by their given names - in order to ward off any potential osogbo(misfortune) and negative energy sent by ill-intentioned people who want to diminish the iyabó's aché (spiritual strength). The use of the word iyabó instead of their given name also separates them from their old life and ushers them into the new one, where they'll be known in the religious community by a new Lucumí name. To the extent possible, iyabós are expected to live quietly during the year and restrict themselves to activities that they can't be excused from, such as work or school. Those who can't avoid contact with the"outside" world have to take care to avoid situations that are potentially dangerous or disturbing, because as newborns in the religion, iyabós are vulnerable. When religious restrictions conflict with work or school obligations, the iyabó's godmother or godfather helps develop a compromise position that'll allow the iyabó to function in the "real world," while still complying as closely as possible with the demands of the religion.