While the power of the Orishas is legendary, one doesn’t become initiated for power or for money. Instead initiations in Santeria help the person to move forward in their lives, often in specific ways and impart the aché or spiritual power of the Orishas into your life. There are a number of levels of initiation, and the knowledge you gain deepens as well as the commitment expected of you by the Orishas and your Godparents.
Osha Ifa Rules for Santeros; the divine sayings from the letters (signs) of the Dilogún as well as those from the Odun of Ifa; the Ethics Code of such Odun and the Moral Commandments of Ika Fun Odun of Ifa are strongly related to a solid tradition and experience based on religious practice of Olosha, Babalosha, Iyalosha, Oluwo Osain, Oba or Oriate Babalawo and Oluo.
She is the goddess of strong winds and tornados, lightning, storms and rains. She rules over the dead and is the guardian of the cemetery. Together with Oba and Yewa she forms the trilogy of the female Orishas that live in the cemetery. She is invoked to escape death and to keep away the spirits […]
He is the god of lightning, thunder, fire, war, Bata drums, dance, music, and masculine beauty. He is the patron of warriors. Shango has had affairs with all the female Orishas. He represents the greatest number of virtues as well as human imperfections: hard working, brave, a loyal friend, fortuneteller and healer, he is also […]
The word “santeria” was used by the Spanish to mock the seemingly excessive devotion to the Catholic saints shown by the slaves from Africa. Their masters did not want them to worship their African gods, so they pretended they were practicing Christianity by praying to the saints, while remaining faithful to their animistic beliefs. These […]