Questions About Santería
Who is the Aleyo? A believer not initiated in Santeria. Who is the Ooni? It’s someone like the pope from the catholic religion, for the Yoruba religion. What is an Ebbó? It’s a ceremony bestowed by the Orishas to a person to change his/her spiritual energy. What is odu, sign and letter? The three elements of the oracles (Ifá, Diloggun and Obi) use to make predictions and divinations. Who is the Apeterbí of Orunmila? All daughters of Oshun and Ololodi that have Ikofafun and Kofá of Orula. What is Ikofafun or Kofá of Orula? This means that the woman has her Guardian Angel defined and a sign of the oracle of Ifá. Ikofafun is the highest rank a woman can reach in Ifá, since women can’t be Babalawos or Olúos. What is Awofakan or Hand of Orula? This means that the man has his Guardian angel defined and a sign of the oracle of Ifá. The Awofakan is an Ifá user and it’s like a cleric rank, he’s in his way to be Babalawo. Who are the Babalosha and Iyalosha? Babalosha is for men and Iyalosha for women. This person reads the oracle of diloggun and had met two characteristics; first completed his/her stage as Iyawo and then consecrated another person in osha. What is the Oracle of Ifá? It is the supreme oracle and with this the Babalawo can communicate with Orula and all other deities from the Yoruba pantheon. What is an Omo Alañá? It means “Son of Aña”, and only men can be sons of Aña. It’s the name given to all men who plays the Batá drums on ceremonies. What are the Batá drums? They’re three sacred drums used to communicate with the Orishas and to pay tribute to them. The biggest drum is called Iyá, the medium drum is called Itótole and the smallest is called Okókolo. Who is Aña? He’s the Orisha who lives inside the Batá drums. He carries the messages from the drums to the Orishas and Olodumare. What means to ‘make saint’? It’s also called ‘consecrated in osha’. It’s the most important ceremony in the religion and it consists in consecrate the person to his/her guardian angel. A year after the ceremony this person will be able to escalate ranks in the religion. Why do people make saint? You can consecrate in osha for a lot of reasons, to achieve harmony, health, protection and equilibrium within yourself, with the world around you, all divinities and your own destiny. Who determines if a person should make saint? As everything else in our religion, Olofi and the Orishas are the ones calling the shots. What is a Bóveda Espiritual? A Spiritual Vault is a table with a white cloth over, it should be in a very private place for you and there you’ll work with your spirits and forefathers from your cuadro spiritual. Please follow this link for more information about the Spiritual Vault.