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ORIGIN AND SIGNIFICANCE OF THE TOOLS OF THE ORISHA - Part 1.
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Inside the original concept of the Religion Yoruba , The so called Tools of the Orisha that accompany the Otans where never present. For this one must think that in Cuba they where incorporated in the rituals of the religion for the conditions the salves where living in Cuba.

What is true in the end of century XIX and the beginning of the century XX, Santeria suffered a important restructure and organization, the years in where the name Regla de Ocha was founded. This incorporated the Tools and formed the Definition of tools of Ocha as a basic to all houses.

Below I mention the tools and a bit about their use and meanings. Now , I dont claim to know everything.. SO ask your ILE and Rama if these apply to your house before you go changing or doubting what you have been given or recieved BY your madrina or Padrino.

Ogun : Is the God of metals; the protector of Labor work on the earth. His is represented by a caldron of Iron, inside the caldron in a Yunque (awl) on the yunque metals can be transformed and in his hands metals can be converted into Utensils to help mankind. He also has a Rake, a hoe and a machete and other tools representing the work of man on the earth. These tools represent the constant activity of being human, Looking for the constant better conditions of Life for himself. When this orisha is re-enforced one puts more instruments inside the cauldron Like a Iron chain, Train tracks, nails of the line of train, horse shoes, knives, cannonballs, and including instruments of a surgical doctor, and scissors. and lastly a arrow that is the representation of Ochosi.

Ochosi : Is the hunter of this Religion. When one receive’s him , his tools are two antlers of a Deer , representing the future of who receive’s him . Three lances, Three arrows , three machetes, three bow and arrows , Armour, and two dogs that represent his group of hunters. And a Trident that points upward , that represents the force and power of being human on the earth and the justice that Ochosi to shoot his arrows. Of course this santo also has Otans and a hand of caracoles .

Shango : God of the Lighting Bolt and of Battle. Of course he can not be without his tools. These are decorated from cedar wood, his favorite tree. These are 6 tools .. A axe, a double axe, a Lance, a dagger, a machete , and a arrow. These tools symbol his condition of warrior and invincible. With these tools Shango could battle anyone under any circumstances.

Agallu : Originally this orisha had no tools, Because he represents the force that is invincible against all the elements of the earth. Only had to have his Otans, That at one time was only taken from a Lava stone. Later three tools where given to him a baston , a arrow and a Lance. With the baston he could carry the weight of those that needed him that he would carry them through the hardest times and could count on him. The other two tools where to show his power over the earth. There are houses where Agallu is born with 7 tools that symbolize more or less the same.

Ochun: Goddess of the river and of laughter and honey. Only has her crown and oars as her tools. The crown symbolizes she is a Queen , from her crown there are five Lances to remind one that not only she is the sweetest but also a warrior and will not hesitate to fight for her children. Her Oars represent the balance of Good and Evil, and the balance in the path we should take in life.

Yemaya : Goddess of the ocean mother of the Orisa’s . Her tools should be made of Lead since salt water will not destroy them over time. The moon , symbol of the character of mother of the orisha . A half moon , representing happiness that she brings in her character, The presence of the two moons reminds us of the balance and how it influences the ocean. A sun , to remind us the flame of a fire of which eater can put out. But without the sun there is no life on the earth. Also a life jacket of a boat, that she will save us before we drowned. A pair of Oars to remind us again of Good and Evil and maintain balance, A mermaid , that has no real significance but to remind of us her beauty. A Anchor to remind us to have stability in life.And, Seven bracelets that is her mark or Vibrating number (7) Odi where our religion was born. Besides being a Queen Yemaya does not have a crown unless specifically ask for in Ita with (4-4) Iroso melli or (4-8) Iroso Umbo . This Odu asks for a crown. The reason is to remind one with Odu that their head is to carry a crown keep it high and never pass needing things in their life. Yemaya Okunte, that made a pact with Ogun to only use his tools on her crown.

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ORIGIN AND SIGNIFICANCE OF THE TOOLS OF THE ORISHA - Part 1.

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Inside the original concept of the Religion Yoruba , The so called Tools of the Orisha that accompany the Otans where never present. For this one must think that in Cuba they where incorporated in the rituals of the religion for the conditions the salves where living in Cuba.

What is true in the end of century XIX and the beginning of the century XX, Santeria suffered a important restructure and organization, the years in where the name Regla de Ocha was founded. This incorporated the Tools and formed the Definition of tools of Ocha as a basic to all houses.

Below I mention the tools and a bit about their use and meanings. Now , I dont claim to know everything.. SO ask your ILE and Rama if these apply to your house before you go changing or doubting what you have been given or recieved BY your madrina or Padrino.

Ogun : Is the God of metals; the protector of Labor work on the earth. His is represented by a caldron of Iron, inside the caldron in a Yunque (awl) on the yunque metals can be transformed and in his hands metals can be converted into Utensils to help mankind. He also has a Rake, a hoe and a machete and other tools representing the work of man on the earth. These tools represent the constant activity of being human, Looking for the constant better conditions of Life for himself. When this orisha is re-enforced one puts more instruments inside the cauldron Like a Iron chain, Train tracks, nails of the line of train, horse shoes, knives, cannonballs, and including instruments of a surgical doctor, and scissors. and lastly a arrow that is the representation of Ochosi.

Ochosi : Is the hunter of this Religion. When one receive’s him , his tools are two antlers of a Deer , representing the future of who receive’s him . Three lances, Three arrows , three machetes, three bow and arrows , Armour, and two dogs that represent his group of hunters. And a Trident that points upward , that represents the force and power of being human on the earth and the justice that Ochosi to shoot his arrows. Of course this santo also has Otans and a hand of caracoles .

Shango : God of the Lighting Bolt and of Battle. Of course he can not be without his tools. These are decorated from cedar wood, his favorite tree. These are 6 tools .. A axe, a double axe, a Lance, a dagger, a machete , and a arrow. These tools symbol his condition of warrior and invincible. With these tools Shango could battle anyone under any circumstances.

Agallu : Originally this orisha had no tools, Because he represents the force that is invincible against all the elements of the earth. Only had to have his Otans, That at one time was only taken from a Lava stone. Later three tools where given to him a baston , a arrow and a Lance. With the baston he could carry the weight of those that needed him that he would carry them through the hardest times and could count on him. The other two tools where to show his power over the earth. There are houses where Agallu is born with 7 tools that symbolize more or less the same.

Ochun: Goddess of the river and of laughter and honey. Only has her crown and oars as her tools. The crown symbolizes she is a Queen , from her crown there are five Lances to remind one that not only she is the sweetest but also a warrior and will not hesitate to fight for her children. Her Oars represent the balance of Good and Evil, and the balance in the path we should take in life.

Yemaya : Goddess of the ocean mother of the Orisa’s . Her tools should be made of Lead since salt water will not destroy them over time. The moon , symbol of the character of mother of the orisha . A half moon , representing happiness that she brings in her character, The presence of the two moons reminds us of the balance and how it influences the ocean. A sun , to remind us the flame of a fire of which eater can put out. But without the sun there is no life on the earth. Also a life jacket of a boat, that she will save us before we drowned. A pair of Oars to remind us again of Good and Evil and maintain balance, A mermaid , that has no real significance but to remind of us her beauty. A Anchor to remind us to have stability in life.And, Seven bracelets that is her mark or Vibrating number (7) Odi where our religion was born. Besides being a Queen Yemaya does not have a crown unless specifically ask for in Ita with (4-4) Iroso melli or (4-8) Iroso Umbo . This Odu asks for a crown. The reason is to remind one with Odu that their head is to carry a crown keep it high and never pass needing things in their life. Yemaya Okunte, that made a pact with Ogun to only use his tools on her crown.

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YEMAYÁ
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Yemaya is the ultimate universal mother. Yemaya also know as Yemoja, Yemanja Yemalla or La Sirène is the orisha of the ocean and all that inhabits in it. She is the water that pushes up against the seashores. She gives life in all aspects. Yemaya’s domain is all waters, the sea, rivers, lakes, lagoons all that is water she it. She is even the water that babies are held in for 9 months inside of there mothers womb. Yemaya is seen to be a woman that has big breast as she nurtures and tends to all existence. Her color is blue and all shades of it. The fishes are her children and messengers.

She is the patron orisha of all women and women that bare children. She is called upon a woman who is pregnant to ensure the safety of the embryo. During pregnancy a woman calls upon the orisha to make sure that the baby is safe and flows through the vaginal walls and becomes into existence into the human world. Yemaya is said to have nurtured and raised almost all the orisha. Her followers worship her all across the globe. From Africa to Brazil. All have gone and spoken with Yemaya. Even if you don’t think so, we have all at least once in our life gone to the ocean and dipped in and spoken with the ocean. That’s Yemaya and she hears all.

Yemaya is that celestial being that when one wants to be held, they can feel her grasps as a mother. She is that mother figure that you can talk to and explain or pour your heart out to and she will always listen. When one doesn’t have a mother to talk to, you can always speak to her by going to the ocean and sitting down by the seashore or lighting a blue candle at your place of dwelling and call upon her. You will feel that warmth embrace hover over you, that’s Yemaya. Also as a mother, she is a warrior and she will defend her children very quickly. She can be stern and punish her children as well. The same way a mother gives and teaches her children, the same way she can punish and teach you a lesson.

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YEMAYÁ

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Yemaya is the ultimate universal mother. Yemaya also know as Yemoja, Yemanja Yemalla or La Sirène is the orisha of the ocean and all that inhabits in it. She is the water that pushes up against the seashores. She gives life in all aspects. Yemaya’s domain is all waters, the sea, rivers, lakes, lagoons all that is water she it. She is even the water that babies are held in for 9 months inside of there mothers womb. Yemaya is seen to be a woman that has big breast as she nurtures and tends to all existence. Her color is blue and all shades of it. The fishes are her children and messengers.

She is the patron orisha of all women and women that bare children. She is called upon a woman who is pregnant to ensure the safety of the embryo. During pregnancy a woman calls upon the orisha to make sure that the baby is safe and flows through the vaginal walls and becomes into existence into the human world. Yemaya is said to have nurtured and raised almost all the orisha. Her followers worship her all across the globe. From Africa to Brazil. All have gone and spoken with Yemaya. Even if you don’t think so, we have all at least once in our life gone to the ocean and dipped in and spoken with the ocean. That’s Yemaya and she hears all.

Yemaya is that celestial being that when one wants to be held, they can feel her grasps as a mother. She is that mother figure that you can talk to and explain or pour your heart out to and she will always listen. When one doesn’t have a mother to talk to, you can always speak to her by going to the ocean and sitting down by the seashore or lighting a blue candle at your place of dwelling and call upon her. You will feel that warmth embrace hover over you, that’s Yemaya. Also as a mother, she is a warrior and she will defend her children very quickly. She can be stern and punish her children as well. The same way a mother gives and teaches her children, the same way she can punish and teach you a lesson.

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SHANGO INTERCEDES FOR ORULA
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Shango saw the humility and kindness not to mention the pureness of the old man in front of him. so he asked him about his brother Orula. Obatala replied that Orula had been taken away and buried a long time ago and he was sorry for how he had reacted. Shango took the opportunity to tell Obatala the truth, That Laroye , had taken Orula into the forest an buried but had not buried him completely in the ground and that Araba had been taken care of him since. As well that Laroye had taken food all these days to him since then. But the time had come that he could no longer keep living in this manner . Obatala asked Shango for his advice , and Shango replied that Obatala should give Orula the means in which to live and care for himself .

Obatala thought long and hard on this situation and Obatala saw that Shango was just and a good man. So Obatala responded to Shango that because of the interest he had in Orula, that Shango himself would be in charge of giving Orula the means to live.

So Shango decided to give his brother the art of Prophecy and the Oracle of IFA that Shango had brought to earth , this way Orula could foretell the future of the inhabitants of the kingdom. Here is where the Ecuele and Tabla of IFA are born that the Babalawo’s consult the orisas.
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SHANGO INTERCEDES FOR ORULA

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Shango saw the humility and kindness not to mention the pureness of the old man in front of him. so he asked him about his brother Orula. Obatala replied that Orula had been taken away and buried a long time ago and he was sorry for how he had reacted. Shango took the opportunity to tell Obatala the truth, That Laroye , had taken Orula into the forest an buried but had not buried him completely in the ground and that Araba had been taken care of him since. As well that Laroye had taken food all these days to him since then. But the time had come that he could no longer keep living in this manner . Obatala asked Shango for his advice , and Shango replied that Obatala should give Orula the means in which to live and care for himself .

Obatala thought long and hard on this situation and Obatala saw that Shango was just and a good man. So Obatala responded to Shango that because of the interest he had in Orula, that Shango himself would be in charge of giving Orula the means to live.

So Shango decided to give his brother the art of Prophecy and the Oracle of IFA that Shango had brought to earth , this way Orula could foretell the future of the inhabitants of the kingdom. Here is where the Ecuele and Tabla of IFA are born that the Babalawo’s consult the orisas.

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FREQUENT ASKED QUESTIONS
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Who are the Yoruban people?
The Yoruba people are the west African habitants of what we know as Nigeria.

Why is your religion secret? 
It’s an oral tradition. Knowledge it’s passed down generation to generation since the beginning. And there are some knowledge that’s only for the elders and the ones they trust and respect.

What do you believe in? Do you believe in God?
Yes and Yes. Santeria believes Oloddumare (God) created everything under the sun and his aché is what gave us life. As in the catholic religion, we believe that Oloddumare is a holy trinity (Olofi, God almighty and Olorun the sun)

Are the Orishas and the Catholic Saints the same divinities?
No. But they do share some similarities. 

Do you have any church? 
There are Santeria churches in the US. In fact, in 1974 the Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye became the first Santeria church in the U.S.A.

Is Santeria voodoo? 
It is related but not the same.

What’s the difference between Santeria and Spiritualism?
Spiritualism is to Santeria what the Catholic Religion is to Santeria. Meaning that Spiritualisms elements are blended with the traditions of Santeria.

Is Santeria a pagan religion? 
Pagan comes from the Latin “Paganus” meaning “country dweller”. In its early years Christianity was an urban religion and “pagan” was everyone from the country that worshiped other religions. So, any other religion than Catholic is a pagan religion.

Is Santeria witchcraft? 
No. Since we incorporate spirits to all our praying and beliefs, people think Santeria is the same as witchcraft. We indeed call for our ancestor’s spirits and other good spirits, but it is our moral that determines if these spirits are going to work for good or evil.

What are the unchanged truths of your religion? 
God is real; God is good; God is the creator. God is on earth.

How old is your religion?
Really old, our religion it’s descendent from the Yoruba people in West Africa (Which is the oldest continent of all). There our forefathers were taken as slaves and brought to the new world. In America to keep their religion they had to blend/hide their religion with the Catholic to avoid persecution.

Who founded it?
No one funded it. It’s a tradition that blended with something else, let’s say it’s something organic.

What does ‘aché’ means?
Aché is the spiritual energy of life and divinity. It’s the power that helps everyone to fulfill their path in life. When you wish ‘aché’ to someone you’re wishing this person with good luck.

Who is the Babalawo?
The Babalawo is a priest of Osha-Ifá and he reads the oracle of Ifá.

Who is the Santero?
The Santero is a priest to the religion.
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FREQUENT ASKED QUESTIONS

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Who are the Yoruban people?

The Yoruba people are the west African habitants of what we know as Nigeria.

Why is your religion secret? 

It’s an oral tradition. Knowledge it’s passed down generation to generation since the beginning. And there are some knowledge that’s only for the elders and the ones they trust and respect.

What do you believe in? Do you believe in God?

Yes and Yes. Santeria believes Oloddumare (God) created everything under the sun and his aché is what gave us life. As in the catholic religion, we believe that Oloddumare is a holy trinity (Olofi, God almighty and Olorun the sun)

Are the Orishas and the Catholic Saints the same divinities?

No. But they do share some similarities. 

Do you have any church? 

There are Santeria churches in the US. In fact, in 1974 the Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye became the first Santeria church in the U.S.A.

Is Santeria voodoo? 

It is related but not the same.

What’s the difference between Santeria and Spiritualism?

Spiritualism is to Santeria what the Catholic Religion is to Santeria. Meaning that Spiritualisms elements are blended with the traditions of Santeria.

Is Santeria a pagan religion? 

Pagan comes from the Latin “Paganus” meaning “country dweller”. In its early years Christianity was an urban religion and “pagan” was everyone from the country that worshiped other religions. So, any other religion than Catholic is a pagan religion.

Is Santeria witchcraft? 

No. Since we incorporate spirits to all our praying and beliefs, people think Santeria is the same as witchcraft. We indeed call for our ancestor’s spirits and other good spirits, but it is our moral that determines if these spirits are going to work for good or evil.

What are the unchanged truths of your religion? 

God is real; God is good; God is the creator. God is on earth.

How old is your religion?

Really old, our religion it’s descendent from the Yoruba people in West Africa (Which is the oldest continent of all). There our forefathers were taken as slaves and brought to the new world. In America to keep their religion they had to blend/hide their religion with the Catholic to avoid persecution.

Who founded it?

No one funded it. It’s a tradition that blended with something else, let’s say it’s something organic.

What does ‘aché’ means?

Aché is the spiritual energy of life and divinity. It’s the power that helps everyone to fulfill their path in life. When you wish ‘aché’ to someone you’re wishing this person with good luck.

Who is the Babalawo?

The Babalawo is a priest of Osha-Ifá and he reads the oracle of Ifá.

Who is the Santero?

The Santero is a priest to the religion.

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ORULA’S HERBS
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Orula’s herbs are used for clarity of the mind and spiritual communications.

· Anis
· All Spice
· Cinnamon
· Cinquefoil
· Carnation
· Coconut
· Corn
· Citron
· Camphor
· Cope
· Dittany of Crete
· Dragon’s Blood
· Ginger
· Honeysuckle
· Jasmine
· Lilac
· Lemon Grass
· Marigold
· Mimosa
· Orris
· Sandalwood
· Sage
· Worm Wood
· Wisteria

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ORULA’S HERBS

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Orula’s herbs are used for clarity of the mind and spiritual communications.

· Anis

· All Spice

· Cinnamon

· Cinquefoil

· Carnation

· Coconut

· Corn

· Citron

· Camphor

· Cope

· Dittany of Crete

· Dragon’s Blood

· Ginger

· Honeysuckle

· Jasmine

· Lilac

· Lemon Grass

· Marigold

· Mimosa

· Orris

· Sandalwood

· Sage

· Worm Wood

· Wisteria

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QUESTIONS ABOUT SANTERÍA
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Who is the Aleyo?
A believer not initiated in Santeria.

Who is the Ooni?
It’s someone like the pope from the catholic religion, for the Yoruba religion.

What is an Ebbó?
It’s a ceremony bestowed by the Orishas to a person to change his/her spiritual energy.

What is odu, sign and letter?
The three elements of the oracles (Ifá, Diloggun and Obi) use to make predictions and divinations.

Who is the Apeterbí of Orunmila?
All daughters of Oshun and Ololodi that have Ikofafun and Kofá of Orula.

What is Ikofafun or Kofá of Orula?
This means that the woman has her Guardian Angel defined and a sign of the oracle of Ifá. Ikofafun is the highest rank a woman can reach in Ifá, since women can’t be Babalawos or Olúos.

What is Awofakan or Hand of Orula?
This means that the man has his Guardian angel defined and a sign of the oracle of Ifá.
The Awofakan is an Ifá user and it’s like a cleric rank, he’s in his way to be Babalawo.

Who are the Babalosha and Iyalosha?
Babalosha is for men and Iyalosha for women. This person reads the oracle of diloggun and had met two characteristics; first completed his/her stage as Iyawo and then consecrated another person in osha.

What is the Oracle of Ifá?
It is the supreme oracle and with this the Babalawo can communicate with Orula and all other deities from the Yoruba pantheon.

What is an Omo Alañá?
It means “Son of Aña”, and only men can be sons of Aña. It’s the name given to all men who plays the Batá drums on ceremonies.

What are the Batá drums?
They’re three sacred drums used to communicate with the Orishas and to pay tribute to them. The biggest drum is called Iyá, the medium drum is called Itótole and the smallest is called Okókolo.

Who is Aña?
He’s the Orisha who lives inside the Batá drums. He carries the messages from the drums to the Orishas and Olodumare.

What means to ‘make saint’?
It’s also called ‘consecrated in osha’. It’s the most important ceremony in the religion and it consists in consecrate the person to his/her guardian angel. A year after the ceremony this person will be able to escalate ranks in the religion.

Why do people make saint?
You can consecrate in osha for a lot of reasons, to achieve harmony, health, protection and equilibrium within yourself, with the world around you, all divinities and your own destiny.

Who determines if a person should make saint?
As everything else in our religion, Olofi and the Orishas are the ones calling the shots.

What is a Bóveda Espiritual?
A Spiritual Vault is a table with a white cloth over, it should be in a very private place for you and there you’ll work with your spirits and forefathers from your cuadro spiritual.

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QUESTIONS ABOUT SANTERÍA

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Who is the Aleyo?

A believer not initiated in Santeria.

Who is the Ooni?

It’s someone like the pope from the catholic religion, for the Yoruba religion.

What is an Ebbó?

It’s a ceremony bestowed by the Orishas to a person to change his/her spiritual energy.

What is odu, sign and letter?

The three elements of the oracles (Ifá, Diloggun and Obi) use to make predictions and divinations.

Who is the Apeterbí of Orunmila?

All daughters of Oshun and Ololodi that have Ikofafun and Kofá of Orula.

What is Ikofafun or Kofá of Orula?

This means that the woman has her Guardian Angel defined and a sign of the oracle of Ifá. Ikofafun is the highest rank a woman can reach in Ifá, since women can’t be Babalawos or Olúos.

What is Awofakan or Hand of Orula?

This means that the man has his Guardian angel defined and a sign of the oracle of Ifá.

The Awofakan is an Ifá user and it’s like a cleric rank, he’s in his way to be Babalawo.

Who are the Babalosha and Iyalosha?

Babalosha is for men and Iyalosha for women. This person reads the oracle of diloggun and had met two characteristics; first completed his/her stage as Iyawo and then consecrated another person in osha.

What is the Oracle of Ifá?

It is the supreme oracle and with this the Babalawo can communicate with Orula and all other deities from the Yoruba pantheon.

What is an Omo Alañá?

It means “Son of Aña”, and only men can be sons of Aña. It’s the name given to all men who plays the Batá drums on ceremonies.

What are the Batá drums?

They’re three sacred drums used to communicate with the Orishas and to pay tribute to them. The biggest drum is called Iyá, the medium drum is called Itótole and the smallest is called Okókolo.

Who is Aña?

He’s the Orisha who lives inside the Batá drums. He carries the messages from the drums to the Orishas and Olodumare.

What means to ‘make saint’?

It’s also called ‘consecrated in osha’. It’s the most important ceremony in the religion and it consists in consecrate the person to his/her guardian angel. A year after the ceremony this person will be able to escalate ranks in the religion.

Why do people make saint?

You can consecrate in osha for a lot of reasons, to achieve harmony, health, protection and equilibrium within yourself, with the world around you, all divinities and your own destiny.

Who determines if a person should make saint?

As everything else in our religion, Olofi and the Orishas are the ones calling the shots.

What is a Bóveda Espiritual?

A Spiritual Vault is a table with a white cloth over, it should be in a very private place for you and there you’ll work with your spirits and forefathers from your cuadro spiritual.

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OGGUN AND HIS ABUSES
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The sad story of Oggun not only brought the Araye into the world or sexual abuse but as well the saddest part of abuse the coercion of others as well.

It is without saying that of all Oddúa’s children , Oggun was the center of controversy while he remained arrogant and abusive to everyone. Always to take the advantages when others where not looking or committing the abuses he undertook , Oggun indulged in his morbid desires .

His selfishness possessed him and his truly believed he could obtain everything and everyone around him. Oggun was he who allocated the food in the home , he would use this as his weapon and advantages over his siblings to obtain his hold and position for pure selfish reasons.

Always of problematic and fury character , it was because of his temperamental rage that nobody knew if he was of good or foul mood .

Oggun , told his siblings he would withhold their meals if they had told Oddúaor anyone else what was transpiring within the home during Oddúa’s absences, most of tell him of the of his sexual abuses on his mother Yembo, who he never respected . Oggun had broke all of Oddúa’s confidences in him to obtain his own desires.

As Oddúa left in the morning Oggun would then force himself upon his mother , since he thought of her as just another woman. And Yembo kept this information and abuse away from Oddúa as she feared Oddúa’s reactions, Oggun’s deeds where extremely serious and caused her such embarrassment. she knew that if Obatalá had known the consequences would only end in major disgrace.

Ogguns elder brother could always see in him the evil deeds that where to come , for this the two brothers where not close and Argayu kept his distance , but he never could believe that his brother Oggun was capable of such despicable acts such as to abuse his mother.

Argayu came to visit one day very early and to his surprise he found Oggun once again abusing his mother. He became petrified and speechless, what he had seen was so great for him that it caused his dual being to explode and come together simultaneously. The skies of heaven turned red as blood and the Volcano began to erupt violently . The earth shook with such ferociousness and it opened up , and from within tongues appeared destroying everything in its path. The tongues they saw coming from the earth where flames of fire, an unknown element till this moment in time. Fire was and still is Ogguns worst enemy. ( metal melts in contact with fire)

The beating that Oggun received from Argayu was enough to stop Oggun only for a short time as he planned and stewed on new ways to overcome Argayu’s surveillance’s to continue in his ways.

Although it must not go unnoticed that with these acts here is where fire was discovered .

Argayu as well like Yembo decides not to tell his father in fear of embarrassing his mother and provoking a reaction only to end in disgrace. some say in Africa today that when the Volcano erupts it is because Argayu is punishing Oggun for his illicit acts upon their mother.

after a few short months of peace Oggun had discovered another way to work around Argayu’s watchful eyes and started his abuses once more. He would intimidate his younger brothers Osoosi/Ochosi and Ozun that where so afraid to loose their meals from the hands of their older brother they allowed him to blackmail them in return they would play ignorant to the abuse in their father’s home.

The only brother he could not intimidate was the youngest . Oggun tried to blackmail him with the abundance of food and the youngest brother only glared at him with the fury of despise , it was here that Oggun knew he had found in this brother the formidable enemy . That is when Oggun tried to make the young princes life impossible and refused him food . this young prince was Eleggua the playful and bad mannered as well as the jokester of the family .

[Note: Is here that Oddúa transforms into Obatalá]

One day after Obatalá had left , Oggun began his ritual of abusing his mother .

Yembo resisted his brutal attack but was over taken by his brute force. As he raped his mother there upon the door came three knocks.

Oggun rose up and crossed over to the doorway and he opened the door . There before him was his father Obatalá and he knew something terrible was about to happen . Obatalá stared at him and looked over to the mat , where he saw Yembo in tears as she raised herself from the mat.

Oggun saw in Obatalá something different , something colder and he knew he was in trouble . He saw his fathers body but knew the one in front of him was not his father and before Obatalá could utter sentence Oggun stopped him and said ” Baba mi , dont curse me , let me curse myself”. Obatalá stopped

And Oggun began his sentence ” I, Oggun Arere ( Oggun the warrior) do promise that as long as the world in the world and it remains , I shall work for all the Inhabitants day and night till the end of time.” Obatalá answered “To ban’esu ” ( so may it be ) .

This is where the mistrust on earth ,came to be and the curse also the meaning of Work as a sacrifice.

Obatalá stood in utter silence for a few minutes and then he began to speak in a firm tone and clearly how things would be from now on …

"Oggun you have chosen your sentence for yourself and from this day nobody will lift this curse from you. You will be forever from this day Mo-re-oggun ( the sacrifier , the one who feeds the orisha) and I shall never trust you again".

He glance at Osoosi and he said ” Osoosi , you chose to be coerced by Oggun with the payment of food .. From this day on you shall in charge of dispensing the justice and Hunt, this way nobody will ever be without food.”

Obatalá now turned his gaze upon Ozun and he said

"Ozun , you where the head of this kingdom , it was your duty to notify me of all that transpired in the kingdom and you chose food over your duties. For now on you will never speak unless it is of danger or notice of death . You will only come to the floor if danger is near until then you will live above the door and watch over all in the kingdom.

While all this was being said Yembo trembled and listened to the sentences that Obatalá was passing out to her children . She knew soon it would be her turn of sentence and her OCO( husband ) would also punish her for her role that she had played and she waited in silence for her sentence .

Obatalá now looked upon his youngest son Laroye and he announced

" Eleggua Laroye, You are a true Prince in my kingdom . You came to me not afraid of what I would say and you told me the truth . I promise you will never go hungry again or be mistreated by others . You did not allow yourself to be coerced into silence.-"

From this day on … I decree, you will be the first to eat and everyone will have to give you moforibale ( offerings). They will even have to give you moforibale before me, To enter the this house they will have to ask your permission and you deny them entrance -they will not be able to enter. You will guard the roads and opportunities of life. NO ONE , will be able to reach me or any other orisha with going through you .. and you will be able to be everywhere at the same time. “

Eleggua laid down on the floor in sign of respect to Obatalá and said ..Mo’ dupe baba mi ( thank you my father)

**at this moment is when it was written that the youngest came before the eldest and that all good deeds would receive the blessings of Olodumare in his kingdom.

At this time Obatalá turned to Yembo and he said unto her, “Obini (wife), From this moment on your punishment will be that any male child you bear into this world shall be put to death !”

Yembo’s blood froze , she expected her fate for herself but not for her children . Upon hearing her husbands sentence she became crazy with anger .

** It was at this time Obatalá renamed his Obini from Yembo to Yemaya ( furious mother) , Yemaya’s fury became to great no one in the kingdom could calm her and it is only Obatalá himself that keeps her in control .

So say her fury was so great that Yemaya wanted to swallow the earth with the sea, and when she does remember they say it is then that the Tsunami’s occur on earth.

Yemaya understood that although her son’s actions where grave and should be sentenced and punished . She could not understand Obatalá’s sentence toward her future children and unborn sons.

And this caused a great despair and abyss in her soul and Yemaya began her transformation from Yembo toYemaya and Yembo became Nana Buruku ( the moon) in the night skies.

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OGGUN AND HIS ABUSES

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The sad story of Oggun not only brought the Araye into the world or sexual abuse but as well the saddest part of abuse the coercion of others as well.

It is without saying that of all Oddúa’s children , Oggun was the center of controversy while he remained arrogant and abusive to everyone. Always to take the advantages when others where not looking or committing the abuses he undertook , Oggun indulged in his morbid desires .

His selfishness possessed him and his truly believed he could obtain everything and everyone around him. Oggun was he who allocated the food in the home , he would use this as his weapon and advantages over his siblings to obtain his hold and position for pure selfish reasons.

Always of problematic and fury character , it was because of his temperamental rage that nobody knew if he was of good or foul mood .

Oggun , told his siblings he would withhold their meals if they had told Oddúaor anyone else what was transpiring within the home during Oddúa’s absences, most of tell him of the of his sexual abuses on his mother Yembo, who he never respected . Oggun had broke all of Oddúa’s confidences in him to obtain his own desires.

As Oddúa left in the morning Oggun would then force himself upon his mother , since he thought of her as just another woman. And Yembo kept this information and abuse away from Oddúa as she feared Oddúa’s reactions, Oggun’s deeds where extremely serious and caused her such embarrassment. she knew that if Obatalá had known the consequences would only end in major disgrace.

Ogguns elder brother could always see in him the evil deeds that where to come , for this the two brothers where not close and Argayu kept his distance , but he never could believe that his brother Oggun was capable of such despicable acts such as to abuse his mother.

Argayu came to visit one day very early and to his surprise he found Oggun once again abusing his mother. He became petrified and speechless, what he had seen was so great for him that it caused his dual being to explode and come together simultaneously. The skies of heaven turned red as blood and the Volcano began to erupt violently . The earth shook with such ferociousness and it opened up , and from within tongues appeared destroying everything in its path. The tongues they saw coming from the earth where flames of fire, an unknown element till this moment in time. Fire was and still is Ogguns worst enemy. ( metal melts in contact with fire)

The beating that Oggun received from Argayu was enough to stop Oggun only for a short time as he planned and stewed on new ways to overcome Argayu’s surveillance’s to continue in his ways.

Although it must not go unnoticed that with these acts here is where fire was discovered .

Argayu as well like Yembo decides not to tell his father in fear of embarrassing his mother and provoking a reaction only to end in disgrace. some say in Africa today that when the Volcano erupts it is because Argayu is punishing Oggun for his illicit acts upon their mother.

after a few short months of peace Oggun had discovered another way to work around Argayu’s watchful eyes and started his abuses once more. He would intimidate his younger brothers Osoosi/Ochosi and Ozun that where so afraid to loose their meals from the hands of their older brother they allowed him to blackmail them in return they would play ignorant to the abuse in their father’s home.

The only brother he could not intimidate was the youngest . Oggun tried to blackmail him with the abundance of food and the youngest brother only glared at him with the fury of despise , it was here that Oggun knew he had found in this brother the formidable enemy . That is when Oggun tried to make the young princes life impossible and refused him food . this young prince was Eleggua the playful and bad mannered as well as the jokester of the family .

[Note: Is here that Oddúa transforms into Obatalá]

One day after Obatalá had left , Oggun began his ritual of abusing his mother .

Yembo resisted his brutal attack but was over taken by his brute force. As he raped his mother there upon the door came three knocks.

Oggun rose up and crossed over to the doorway and he opened the door . There before him was his father Obatalá and he knew something terrible was about to happen . Obatalá stared at him and looked over to the mat , where he saw Yembo in tears as she raised herself from the mat.

Oggun saw in Obatalá something different , something colder and he knew he was in trouble . He saw his fathers body but knew the one in front of him was not his father and before Obatalá could utter sentence Oggun stopped him and said ” Baba mi , dont curse me , let me curse myself”. Obatalá stopped

And Oggun began his sentence ” I, Oggun Arere ( Oggun the warrior) do promise that as long as the world in the world and it remains , I shall work for all the Inhabitants day and night till the end of time.” Obatalá answered “To ban’esu ” ( so may it be ) .

This is where the mistrust on earth ,came to be and the curse also the meaning of Work as a sacrifice.

Obatalá stood in utter silence for a few minutes and then he began to speak in a firm tone and clearly how things would be from now on …

"Oggun you have chosen your sentence for yourself and from this day nobody will lift this curse from you. You will be forever from this day Mo-re-oggun ( the sacrifier , the one who feeds the orisha) and I shall never trust you again".

He glance at Osoosi and he said ” Osoosi , you chose to be coerced by Oggun with the payment of food .. From this day on you shall in charge of dispensing the justice and Hunt, this way nobody will ever be without food.”

Obatalá now turned his gaze upon Ozun and he said

"Ozun , you where the head of this kingdom , it was your duty to notify me of all that transpired in the kingdom and you chose food over your duties. For now on you will never speak unless it is of danger or notice of death . You will only come to the floor if danger is near until then you will live above the door and watch over all in the kingdom.

While all this was being said Yembo trembled and listened to the sentences that Obatalá was passing out to her children . She knew soon it would be her turn of sentence and her OCO( husband ) would also punish her for her role that she had played and she waited in silence for her sentence .

Obatalá now looked upon his youngest son Laroye and he announced

" Eleggua Laroye, You are a true Prince in my kingdom . You came to me not afraid of what I would say and you told me the truth . I promise you will never go hungry again or be mistreated by others . You did not allow yourself to be coerced into silence.-"

From this day on … I decree, you will be the first to eat and everyone will have to give you moforibale ( offerings). They will even have to give you moforibale before me, To enter the this house they will have to ask your permission and you deny them entrance -they will not be able to enter. You will guard the roads and opportunities of life. NO ONE , will be able to reach me or any other orisha with going through you .. and you will be able to be everywhere at the same time. “

Eleggua laid down on the floor in sign of respect to Obatalá and said ..Mo’ dupe baba mi ( thank you my father)

**at this moment is when it was written that the youngest came before the eldest and that all good deeds would receive the blessings of Olodumare in his kingdom.

At this time Obatalá turned to Yembo and he said unto her, “Obini (wife), From this moment on your punishment will be that any male child you bear into this world shall be put to death !”

Yembo’s blood froze , she expected her fate for herself but not for her children . Upon hearing her husbands sentence she became crazy with anger .

** It was at this time Obatalá renamed his Obini from Yembo to Yemaya ( furious mother) , Yemaya’s fury became to great no one in the kingdom could calm her and it is only Obatalá himself that keeps her in control .

So say her fury was so great that Yemaya wanted to swallow the earth with the sea, and when she does remember they say it is then that the Tsunami’s occur on earth.

Yemaya understood that although her son’s actions where grave and should be sentenced and punished . She could not understand Obatalá’s sentence toward her future children and unborn sons.

And this caused a great despair and abyss in her soul and Yemaya began her transformation from Yembo toYemaya and Yembo became Nana Buruku ( the moon) in the night skies.

Source:101.myyoruba.com

AGGALLÚ SÓLA
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Agallu is the orisha that represents the nature and wrath of the volcano. He is a very tall gigantic man who lives alongside the rivers. Agallu/Agayu, Bi Yaya or Agallu Sola which he is also known, is represented by earthquakes, the energy and core of the earth. The lava and magma is associated with him, due to his mother Oroiña. He is the heat that comes from within all and keeps the earth moving. Agallu is the cane that holds all of the orishas. In Santeria, priests of Agallu receive him in a wooden or terra cotta vessel where his mysteries are kept. It is said that the vessel should stay uncover because you can’t put a cover on top of a volcano. You place a cloth of multicolor or mariwo (grass skirt) on top of him to contain anyone seeing his secrets. Agallu is that strength that we all have inside that comes from deep in our soul. The core of our body.

Earthquakes are associated with the orisha Agallu because it is him that is changing the earth from deep within the core. Whether it’s because the orisha is upset or he is making room for change. When humankind disrespects the earth, he lets go and shakes the walls of the core which quakes the earth. He is very popular on the western part of the United Sates due to the high volume of earthquakes. But people forget to realize that earthquakes happen in all parts of the world. It happens deep under the ocean crust where Agallu and Yemaya are planning on changing the surface of the earth. When an earthquake happens it changes the way we live on earth. From the new crust that shows more and new roads are built and theirs new life and artifacts to explore.

Agallu is also seen to be near riverbanks. He is the one that transports and people across the rivers. He is our modern day ferryman. He learned how to soothe the rough river waters after having a relationship with the orisha Oshun. From then, he has transported humankind across the rivers so they can reach the other side. Agallu’s colors is a burgundy or dark wine colors. He also takes the 9 colors of Oya due to an exchange that Oya gave him. She gave him her multicolor skirt to wear out of thanks for a favor. When Agallu walks he takes big strides and has a heavy foot. He is said that he takes big steps because he is stepping over huge obstacles. He carries a staff and his oshè (double edge ax), in which he uses when he walking around overstepping obstacles. He is a silent warrior as he stays to himself. But when he is bothered he comes with great force, just as the lava and the earthquakes that shake our planet.

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AGGALLÚ SÓLA

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Agallu is the orisha that represents the nature and wrath of the volcano. He is a very tall gigantic man who lives alongside the rivers. Agallu/Agayu, Bi Yaya or Agallu Sola which he is also known, is represented by earthquakes, the energy and core of the earth. The lava and magma is associated with him, due to his mother Oroiña. He is the heat that comes from within all and keeps the earth moving. Agallu is the cane that holds all of the orishas. In Santeria, priests of Agallu receive him in a wooden or terra cotta vessel where his mysteries are kept. It is said that the vessel should stay uncover because you can’t put a cover on top of a volcano. You place a cloth of multicolor or mariwo (grass skirt) on top of him to contain anyone seeing his secrets. Agallu is that strength that we all have inside that comes from deep in our soul. The core of our body.

Earthquakes are associated with the orisha Agallu because it is him that is changing the earth from deep within the core. Whether it’s because the orisha is upset or he is making room for change. When humankind disrespects the earth, he lets go and shakes the walls of the core which quakes the earth. He is very popular on the western part of the United Sates due to the high volume of earthquakes. But people forget to realize that earthquakes happen in all parts of the world. It happens deep under the ocean crust where Agallu and Yemaya are planning on changing the surface of the earth. When an earthquake happens it changes the way we live on earth. From the new crust that shows more and new roads are built and theirs new life and artifacts to explore.

Agallu is also seen to be near riverbanks. He is the one that transports and people across the rivers. He is our modern day ferryman. He learned how to soothe the rough river waters after having a relationship with the orisha Oshun. From then, he has transported humankind across the rivers so they can reach the other side. Agallu’s colors is a burgundy or dark wine colors. He also takes the 9 colors of Oya due to an exchange that Oya gave him. She gave him her multicolor skirt to wear out of thanks for a favor. When Agallu walks he takes big strides and has a heavy foot. He is said that he takes big steps because he is stepping over huge obstacles. He carries a staff and his oshè (double edge ax), in which he uses when he walking around overstepping obstacles. He is a silent warrior as he stays to himself. But when he is bothered he comes with great force, just as the lava and the earthquakes that shake our planet.

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WHAT IS AN IDE?
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They serve to protect and identify us as already initiated in the religion.

The colors and strand on each ide are different depending on each Saint.
Our godfather or godmother will give us the ide or ileke after we’re initiated. Also we can buy it by ourselves after we have a Saint.

You can visit our shop to see our variety of products.
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WHAT IS AN IDE?

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They serve to protect and identify us as already initiated in the religion.

The colors and strand on each ide are different depending on each Saint.

Our godfather or godmother will give us the ide or ileke after we’re initiated. Also we can buy it by ourselves after we have a Saint.

You can visit our shop to see our variety of products.

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OYA’S HERBS
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Orisha Oya’s herbs are used for cleansing, destruction and to call for supernatural powers.

· Anis
· Carnation
· Calamus
· Clove
· Dragon’s Blood
· Dittany of Crete
· Geranium
· Hibiscus
· Lemon
· Lime
· Myrrh
· Nutmeg
· Oak Moss
· Poplar
· Sandalwood
· Star Anis
· Tangerine
· Yucca

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OYA’S HERBS

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Orisha Oya’s herbs are used for cleansing, destruction and to call for supernatural powers.

· Anis

· Carnation

· Calamus

· Clove

· Dragon’s Blood

· Dittany of Crete

· Geranium

· Hibiscus

· Lemon

· Lime

· Myrrh

· Nutmeg

· Oak Moss

· Poplar

· Sandalwood

· Star Anis

· Tangerine

· Yucca

Source:101.myyoruba.com

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