By Ócha'ni Lele
Obí: Oracle of Cuban Santería is the 1st ebook to completely discover the sacred physique of lore surrounding Obí, in addition to his specific rituals and customs, together with establishing issues, casting and analyzing the oracle, and applying complicated equipment of divination. additionally defined are the formerly unpublished secrets and techniques of final the oracle safely in order that any detrimental vibrations should be absorbed by means of the coconuts and completely faraway from the diviner's domestic.
Divination / Indigenous Cultures
The Santería, or Lucumí, religion isn't a static faith yet a residing conduit for connecting the spirit international to our personal. one of many paths to the spirits inside Santería is thru a divination method referred to as Obí, the coconut oracle, which supplies the petitioner entry to the orisha of a similar identify. The orisha Obí started as a mortal human who ascended to turn into an orisha as a present for solid deeds performed on the earth, then fell from grace as a result of over the top satisfaction. while he descended again to Earth, his spirit was once embodied within the coconut palm.
Though he now not has a tongue, he can solution questions posed to him throughout the random styles made by means of 4 items of coconut shell forged as a divination device. Obí: Oracle of Cuban Santeria is the 1st booklet to totally discover the patakís of Obí, the sacred physique of lore surrounding him, in addition to his specific rituals and customs. Hands-on divination directions comprise starting concerns, specifics on casting and studying the elemental oracle, and utilising complex equipment of divination. additionally defined are the formerly unpublished secrets and techniques of final the oracle thoroughly in order that any detrimental vibrations should be absorbed by means of the coconuts and completely faraway from the diviner's domestic.
Author of The secrets and techniques of Afro-Cuban Divination, Ócha'ni Lele has been immersed within the underground tradition of Orisha worship considering 1989. by means of 1995 he had got a number of initiations in either Santería and the Congo religion Palo Mayombe and in 2000 he made Ocha and was once topped a Santería priest. He lives in Florida.
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Olódumare ni na agbara ati, ni gbogbo na kishe bawo shishe odara ati buruku, babá Ogún mola balomi. Great blood warrior, father warrior, with his power he does as he wishes forever. ” Omnipotent deity of power and of everything that is done for good or evil, Father Warrior, deity of death, take care of me. For Obatalá Obatalá okunrin ati obínrin ni laye eleda ni gbogbo na dara dara ati buruku oba ati ayaba, afin oga ni na bala ati gbogbo na shishe babá alaye alabo mi ati mi gbogbo na ejun, dara dara babá wa afin alano.
If the fruit is ripe, you will hear milk sloshing within. Having found a fresh one, hold the nut in the left hand and a strong, blunt striking instrument (such as a hammer) in the right. Obí, being both an orisha and a voice The Principles of Casting Obí b 37 for the orishas, must now be given proper respect. Ask his permission to open the shell. Do not place him on the floor, nor should you strike him on a hard surface—these are major offenses to the coconut spirit. Say the words “Agó, Obí” before you strike, then try to crack the shell in one swift blow.
By asking this first, we show reverence to the coconut. The milk will flow freely, and some try to collect as much of it as possible to bathe the orí (head), bringing coolness and freshness to it. The milk must be used quickly or not at all, for it soon becomes sour and loses its aché. Setting the juices aside for later use, examine the interior of the coconut. Freshness is evident in the firm, smooth, wet whiteness of the meat. Pry out the largest pieces possible, keeping intact the black skin that rests against the shell.