Babalawo, Santeria's High Priests

Babalawo, Santeria's High Priests

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Cuban IfAi From An Insider Hidden within the mysterious Afro-Cuban religion of SanterAsa, also known as LucumAs, there is a deep body of secrets and rituals called IfAi, divination practiced by priests whose title, babalawo, means a€œFather of the Secrets.a€ This book pulls away the veil of secrecy to reveal exactly what IfAi is and how it works, exploring its history, cosmology, Orichas, initiations, mythology, offerings, and sacrifices. Join Frank Baba Eyiogbe in this fascinating introduction that discusses the functions of the babalawo, the role of women, the future of IfAi, and much more. a€œA wonderful and much needed addition to the literature on Afro-Cuban religion. Engagingly written, scholarly while remaining accessible . . . it presents an up-to-date exposition of both the history and contemporary philosophy of one of the worlda€™s most complex systems of divination.a€a€”Stephan PalmiAc, Chair of the Department of Anthropology and Social Sciences at the University of Chicago and author of The Cooking of History: How Not to Study Afro-Cuban ReligionWhen we are born, unfortunately wedo notcome with an ownera#39;s manualto helpusbest find fulfillment inour lives. ... Perhaps if we had an ownera#39;s manual, we could avoid many of the pitfalls wesuccumb to every day, and know what we need toanbsp;...

Title:Babalawo, Santeria's High Priests
Author: Frank Baba Eyiogbe
Publisher:Llewellyn Worldwide - 2015-02-08

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