By Ócha'ni Lele
Obí: Oracle of Cuban Santería is the 1st ebook to totally discover the sacred physique of lore surrounding Obí, in addition to his specific rituals and customs, together with starting issues, casting and studying the oracle, and using complex tools of divination. additionally defined are the formerly unpublished secrets and techniques of remaining the oracle safely in order that any unfavorable vibrations could be absorbed by means of the coconuts and completely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 global to our personal. one of many paths to the spirits inside Santería is thru a divination procedure referred to as Obí, the coconut oracle, which supplies the petitioner entry to the orisha of a similar identify. The orisha Obí all started as a mortal human who ascended to turn into an orisha as a gift for stable deeds performed in the world, then fell from grace due to over the top delight. while he descended again to Earth, his spirit used to be embodied within the coconut palm.
Though he not has a tongue, he can solution questions posed to him in the course of the random styles made via 4 items of coconut shell solid as a divination software. Obí: Oracle of Cuban Santeria is the 1st ebook 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 beginning issues, specifics on casting and analyzing the fundamental oracle, and utilizing complicated tools of divination. additionally defined are the formerly unpublished secrets and techniques of ultimate the oracle thoroughly in order that any destructive vibrations should be absorbed via the coconuts and completely faraway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 on the grounds that 1989. through 1995 he had acquired a number of initiations in either Santería and the Congo religion Palo Mayombe and in 2000 he made Ocha and used to be topped a Santería priest. He lives in Florida.
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