Babalu give his devotees means to survive. He teaches his worshippers to cope with misfortunes (particularly disease). If Sakpata strikes a man with smallpox, it is because he wants to establish a very close relationship with that person. Only the man who is not mature enough or strong enough will die of the disease. For the worthy person it is like an initiation: a death and resurrection into a mature, richer life."
Eshu takes many forms, can appear as a male or female, be a messenger, guardian of the crossroads and a mischivieous troublemaker for those who fail to acknowledge him/her. Eshu is a great protector for the travelers and those on spiritual journeys.
By; Baba Raoul Canizares - To call an Orisha the Chief of Wihte Cloth is to make a symbolic referince to that substance which makes consciousness possible....it is a reference to the fabric which binds the universe together.
As one of the warriors, one of Santeria's defining initiations, Ogun is of enormous importance, for the Warriors he is thought to be the Orisha that protects and guards the home against physical as well as spiritual dangers.
By: Baba Raul Canizares - People initiated into the mysteries of any other Orisha are taught that Orunla's Priest's, the Babalawo, are intrinsically and hierarchically superior to all others. In fact, it is said that a man of great age can be a Priest of any other Orisha for many decades, attaining greta prestige and power, yet a little boy just initiated to the mysteries of Ifa is considered the old man's elder!
Osanyin is the personification of the power of healing locked up in herbs, leaves, barks and roots. He knows all the secrets of the earth's greenery. He will take care and nurture those in pain and in sickness with the purities of the earth.
Long before the women's liberation movement flowered in America, African women had an inspiring role model in Oya, queen of the Nupe, warrior wife of the great king of the Yoruba, Shango. Strong as an ox and more potent than lightning, Oya rules over storms, witchcraft, markets, the Niger River, and spirit mediums.
The purpose of the this book is to present the major Orishas of Santeria in their syncretic identifications with some of the Catholic Saints. This is a complete beginner's guide to the history and culture of the Afro Cuban practice of Santeria and a perfect introductions to the Orishas.
The Beliefs, the practices, the legends of Santeria are brilliantly brought to life in this exciting and critically best-seller. If you have ever wondered what Santeria is, if you are curious about the rituals and practices of this mysterious religion, and want to delve in its deepest secrets, read Santeria: African Magic in Latin America. It will answer all of your questions and much more.
The belief in natural magic is shared by millions who are participants of the Afro Caribbean religion know as Santeria. This book was written as a "How to" guide for individuals who are active participants in the Santeria Religion. Its Purpose is to introduce and encourage individuals of Santeria to familiarize themselves with an inexpensive way of preparing basic ingredients to produce "natural magic".
Shango came over to America in the hearts of his devotees. They did not choose to make the middle passage, but many of them survived it because they had Shango's example of one who could beat any odds and make the best of any situation.