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'He Who Disappoints Another Is Unworthy to Be Trusted'

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Los Ibeyis (Jimaguas) en Español

Los Ibeyis (Jimaguas). Catolizados San Cosme y San Damián son hijos de Oyá y Changó.

Dos Ibeyis hembras, Santa Rufina y Santa Justa.

Los Ibeyis son aliados de Changó que los quiere con delirio.

Taewo y Kainde son Orishas menores, jimaguas, varón y hembra, hijos de Changó y Ochún aunque criados por Yemaya.

Juguetones, golosos y traviesos gozan del cariño paternal de todos los Orishas. Se les considera patrones de todos los niños. Viven en la Palma.

Otros nombres Araba y Aina (masc. y fem.).

Talabí y Salakó Gemelos femeninas; Ayuaba y Alba; Olorí y Oroína.

Son patrones de barberos y cirujanos.

En el Diloggún hablan en Eyioko(2) y en todas las combinaciones Melli. Su día es el Domingo.

ATRIBUTOS Dos muñequitos tallados en madera, sentados sobre dos pequeños taburetes unidos por un cordel. El varón con un collar de Changó y la hembra con uno de Yemaya. Cada tinajita lleva cuatro piedrecitas y conchitas de la orilla del mar. Las piedras del macho son alargadas(forma de pene) y las de la hembra redondas (en forma de vulva).

HERRAMIENTAS Dos acheré (sonajas), dos tamborcitos, juegos de campanillas, güiras pintadas con cruces o con pares de rayos con el fondo blanco.

ANIMALES : Pollo y paloma

COMIDAS : Todo tipo de frutas, arroz amarillo, rositas de maíz.

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Yoruba Fokelore

The Deaths of the Tortoise

TORTOISE had many enemies, and they plotted together to kill him.

One night when Tortoise was asleep in his hut, they set fire to it, and as they saw the flames leaping up, they said to one another:

He cannot escape. He will die.

But Tortoise drew himself into his shell and was untouched by the fire, and in the morning his enemies were astonished to see him walking about as usual.

Soon they made another plan and threw Tortoise into a pool of water.

The pool is deep. He will drown, said his enemies to one another.

But Tortoise had drawn himself into his shell and was secure, and at noon the sun shone fiercely and dried up the pool.

That evening Tortoise walked about the village as if nothing had happened, and his enemies were astonished.

The next day they made a third attempt to kill him. They made a deep hole in the ground and buried Tortoise, and this time they were quite sure he could not escape. To mark the place, they put a bamboo stake in the ground.

Meanwhile a man who was passing saw the bamboo stake, and thought, Someone has buried a treasure here! He called his friends, and they began to dig, but all they found was Tortoise fast asleep inside his shell.

Tortoise walked about the village again, looking very happy, and his enemies were filled with astonishment.

He has a charm, and we shall never be able to kill him, they said to one another, and from that day they left him in peace.

Ifa Related

The Story of Biague

There was an Awo called Biague who had a son named Adiatoto, Biague had taught this son his only
secret. A method to cast Obi (coconut)

In the house of Biague, there lived several other children, They obeyed Biague, he feed and clothed
them. But only Adiatoto the smallest was his son. All lived as brothers. One day Biague died, and the
adoptive children conspired against Adiatoto, and robbed him of all his belongings. Adiatoto
experienced much difficulty.

After a time, the king of the town, Oba-Rey, wanted to find out who owned the lands that had belonged to Biague.

He ordered his men to find this out. Many came forward and made a claim on the lands, including the
adoptive brothers but no one could pass the test, and prove ownership.

Adiatoto heard the news that the king’s men had been asking about him.
When they appeared before him, they asked him to show the secret that proved the lands had been
passed on to him. he said: “The lands belong to me, I will go to the plaza in front of the wall and from
there I will throw coconuts in the method my Father showed me.The coconuts will fall facing up
which is the proof that is needed. Thus is was, and the King gave Adiatoto all the lands and
belongings that had been taken from him

The coconuts (obi), have a limited role in divination
This role is limited to questions that can be answered with a simple yes or no
It should not be used to ask other more complex subjects.
The message given by consulting the Obi depends on which pieces fall facing up, and which face down.

Alafia, the four pieces with the white mass upwards. Definitely an affirmative

Eyeife, two pieces with white mass upwards and two with the crust, this is the most firm response

Otagua, Three pieces with white mass upwards and one with the crust. Some consider this to be an affirmative response. Some others view it as questionable, requiring another throw to rectify.

Ocana, Three pieces with crust upwards and one with the white mass,

Ocanasorde, Four crusts, a definite negative, and requires more question to isolate and problems that need immediate attention.

 
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