Orunmila is an Orisha. He is the great benefactor of the humanity and his main advisor. He reveals the future through the secrets of Ifa, the supreme oracle. He is also a great healer, and those who ignores his advices can undergo the ups and downs produced by Eshu.
Orunmila is the first prophet of the Yorùbá religion, sent by Olodumare to control the births, the deceases and the development of the human beings and other species. Orunmila is the Yoruba deity of wisdom, knowledge, and omniscience that further highlight his nature and role in the Yoruba pantheon. Thus, Orunmia is known as Eleri Ipin, that is, the “witness to creation and destiny,”. From this position, Orunmila speaks to the complexities of life. Renowned for his wisdom and understanding of humanity and divinity, he is also called Agbonniregun, “a wise man without bones (in his body),” thus emphasizing his omniscience and compassion. Consequently, he is knowledgeable of all human and divine matters, the ways of the world, and all related phenomena. Orunmila is one of the major Orisa in the Yoruba pantheon.
Orula is unique in several ways. First, men and women who are initiated into Regla de Ocha or Santería don’t ever have Orula seated on their head as a guardian angel. Orula only goes to the head of Babalawos, men who have been initiated into Regla de Ifá. Ocha and Ifá are parallel traditions in Cuba, and they often work together in the same religious community, each carrying out specific tasks and playing unique roles.
Orula is the master diviner. According to the patakís (sacred tales), Orula is the only Orichá who knows the future of everyone on earth and has the power to influence our destiny, because when Olodumare was creating the universe, Orula was the only one present to witness it all. Specifically, he knows when each of us will die, and he makes sure we die at the right time. He knows how we can find happiness, health, peace of mind, and success, because he was present when we came into the world, and he knows what future awaits us. He can help us avoid mistakes by keeping us on the right path. Orula communicates with humans through divination with a Babalawo. Babalawos don’t use dilogún (cowrie shells) like Santeros/as do. They use either an Ekuele (divining chain) or Ikines (kola nuts), and a wooden divining board covered in cascarilla (eggshell powder). They may also use a piece of horn from a stag’s antler to mark certain odu (sacred signs) on the tray.
Prayer to Orula :
Elerí Orula ipín
Iré keji Olodumare Onatumo agbedebeyo
Alapa siyan iwi Oduduwa
Aché mini ishe, Orunla somo somo
Orunla Iboru, Orunla Iboyá, Orunla Ibosheshé
Offerings to Orula:
He is offered ñame, cocconut, white basil, etc. He eats female goat, black hen, dove and deer. Their Ewe are aceitunillo, slight basil, arabo, altea, will plow, vermicelli acediana, rattan, colony, copey, crust of the cocconut, gallant at night, paradise, ceiba, ñame, etc.
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