What is an Ebbó?
In simple words an Ebbó is an offering or sacrifice made in a ceremony to transform negative energies into positive energies. This ceremony entails a sacrifice that could be stopping eating our favorite food, stop drinking something we like, offer sweets, Addimú and other offerings to ask the favor of the Orishas. To know what the Orisha wants as an Ebbó can be found by divination. In delicate situations as sickness or death, the Orisha might ask for an animal sacrifice to keep away death. This is disapproved by our modern society as our concept of death is different from the one our forefathers had. Blood means life, in every birth there’s blood. This is why when we’re going to sacrifice an animal we do it with great respect, reverence and gratitude since its life is taken so we can obtain a better life. In some occasions the Orishas doesn’t ask for the animal’s life, instead they ask us to take care of the animal with respect and love. The Ebbó transmute the ashe of the ingredients and it is consumed by the Orishas to restore the natural course of things. The finality of an Ebbó is to refresh, honoring and make pleas to the Orishas according to our needs. Here’s a list of the name of some Ebbó and what they do: Ebbó Alafia: Offering to the Orishas Ebbó Misi: Baths with different kinds of ewe. Ebbó Idanewa: Charity Ebbó Ope: Offerings of gratitude. Ebbó Sisun: Sacrifice to fire. Ebbó Fifí: Sacrifice to sea waves. Ebbó Orí: Sacrifice to your Orí. Ebbó Eshe: Sacrifice for being disobedient. Ebbó Eso: Offering of fruits. Ebbó Isorá: Offering to keep enemies away. Ebbó Alebidano: Offering to keep bad luck away.