Study the Teaching of Ifa and the Orisha's
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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The Hippo is boasting that you are only a weakling, and that you have not strength to pull a log out of the river.
That is false! cried the Elephant, and to prove his strength he allowed Tortoise to tie a strong rope to his trunk and attach the other end to a log in the river.
Tortoise went clown to the water holding the rope, and said to Hippo:
The Elephant is boasting of his strength, and he declares that you are a weakling and could not pull down a tree.
That is false! cried the Hippo. I can pull down any tree.
Tortoise then said that he had attached his rope to a tree, and would fasten the other end to Hippos horn. This he did, and the two animals began to pull, one on each end of the rope. Elephant pulled and pulled, and the Hippo pulled and pulled, and neither gave way.
After some time Hippo rested, and Elephant came down to the water to quench his thirst, and then they saw the trick that had been played on them.
Snorting with anger, they began to look for the mischievous Tortoise, but by this time he was, you may be sure, very far away.
Orunmila is also referred to as Ifá (“ee-FAH”), the embodiment of knowledge and wisdom and the highest form of divination practice among the Yoruba people. In present-day Cuba, Orunmila is known as Orula, Orunla and Orumila.
Orunmila is not Ifa, but he is the one who leads the priesthood of Ifa and it was Orunmila who carried Ifa (the wisdom of Olodumare) to Earth. Priests of Ifa are called babalawo (the father of secrets)
Olodumare sent Orunmila to Earth with Oduduwa to complete the creation and organization of the world, to make it habitable for humans.
A woman will not be allowed to divine using the tools of IFA. Throughout Cuba and some of the other New world countries, Orula can be received by individuals regardless of gender. For men, the procedure is called to receive “Mano de Orula” and for women, it is called to receive “Kofa de Orula”. The same procedure exist in Yoruba land, with esentaye (birthing rites), Isefa (adolesants rites) and Itefa coming of age. Worshippers of the traditional religious philosophy of the Yoruba people all receive one hand of Ifa (called Isefa) regardless of which Orisa they may worship or be an Orisa Priest, it is that same Isefa that will direct all followers to the right path and their individual destines in life.
The title Iyanifa is in suspect since it is not used by either the Cuban or most of the West African practitioners of IFA.
Among West Africans, Orunmila is recognized as a primordial Irunmole that was present both at the beginning of Creation and then again amongst them as a prophet that taught an advanced form of spiritual knowledge and ethics, during visits to earth in physical form or through his disciples.