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Diloggun Tales of the Natural World: How the Moon Fooled the Sun and Other Santeria Stories

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Sacred myths from Santería centered on nature and the natural world

• Includes more than 40 myths, stories, and histories from the Lucumí tradition

• Reassembles the oral fragments from the African diaspora into coherent stories

• Demonstrates that the African peoples, specifically the Yoruba, had deep philosophies and metaphysics involving nature and the natural world

Since ancient times the Yoruba of West Africa created sacred stories--patakís--to make sense of the world around them. Upon arrival in the New World, the Yoruba religion began to incorporate elements from Catholic and Native traditions, evolving into Santería, and new patakís were born, adding to the many chapters already found in the odu of the diloggun--the sacred oral teachings and divination system of the Yoruba, or Lucumí, faith. Comparable to the myths of ancient Greece and Rome and rich with jewels of wisdom like the I Ching, these Santería stories are as vast as the Hindu Vedas and as culturally significant as the parables in the Torah, Talmud, and Christian Bible.

Diloggun Tales of the Natural World presents more than 40 patakís that shed light upon the worldview of Santería. Each story in this collection, reassembled from the oral tradition of the African diaspora, is centered on a spiritual principle in nature: the waxing and waning of the moon, solar and lunar eclipses, the phenomenon of shooting stars, the separation of sky and earth, and the origins of the animals and birds who play key roles in Santería symbology. Revealing the metaphysics, theology, and philosophy of the Yoruba people, this volume shows these stories to be as powerful and relevant today as they were to the ancient Yoruba who once safeguarded them.

Synopsis:

Sacred myths from Santería centered on nature and the natural world

• Includes more than 40 myths, stories, and histories from the Lucumí tradition

• Reassembles the oral fragments from the African diaspora into coherent stories

• Demonstrates that the African peoples, specifically the Yoruba, had deep philosophies and metaphysics involving nature and the natural world

Since ancient times the Yoruba of West Africa created sacred stories--patakís--to make sense of the world around them. Upon arrival in the New World, the Yoruba religion began to incorporate elements from Catholic and Native traditions, evolving into Santería, and new patakís were born, adding to the many chapters already found in the odu of the diloggun--the sacred oral teachings and divination system of the Yoruba, or Lucumí, faith. Comparable to the myths of ancient Greece and Rome and rich with jewels of wisdom like the I Ching, these Santería stories are as vast as the Hindu Vedas and as culturally significant as the parables in the Torah, Talmud, and Christian Bible.

Diloggun Tales of the Natural World presents more than 40 patakís that shed light upon the worldview of Santería. Each story in this collection, reassembled from the oral tradition of the African diaspora, is centered on a spiritual principle in nature: the waxing and waning of the moon, solar and lunar eclipses, the phenomenon of shooting stars, the separation of sky and earth, and the origins of the animals and birds who play key roles in Santería symbology. Revealing the metaphysics, theology, and philosophy of the Yoruba people, this volume shows these stories to be as powerful and relevant today as they were to the ancient Yoruba who once safeguarded them.

About the Author

Author of The Secrets of Afro-Cuban Divination, Ócha'ni Lele has been immersed in the underground culture of Orisha worship since 1989. By 1995 he had received several initiations in both Santeria and the Congo faith Palo Mayombe and in 2000 he made Ocha and was crowned a Santeria priest. He lives in Florida.

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction: The Importance of Patakís

1 Patakís from the Composites of Okana

The Separation of Heaven and Earth

The Separation of Sky and Earth

The Story of the Maja

Obatalá’s Favorite Dove, or, How the Cat Lost His Dinner

The Birth of the Dead Sea

How Osain Became an Herbalist

2 Patakís from the Composites of Eji Oko

The Story of Rain and Drought

The Birth of Rain

The Sickness of the Swamp

3 Patakís from the Composites of Ogundá

Why the Cat Is Chased But Not Caught

How the Cat and the Ferret Became Enemies

Where the Goat Was First Sacrificed

4 Patakís from the Composites of Irosun

The Sun, the Moon, the Fire, and the Water

The War between Fire and Water

The Cat, the Rat, and the Fish

5 Patakís from the Composites of Oché

Poverty and Hunger

The Birth of Menstruation

How the Hummingbird Was Born

Even a Woman Can Hunt

6 Patakís from the Composites of Obara

The Mountain

Money Is Trouble, and Trouble Is Death

How the Rosary Bead Plant Got Its Ashé

The Kingdom of Earth, the Kingdom of Heaven

7 Patakís from the Composites of Odí

Iroko, the Tree of Life

How the Birds Got Their Wings

How the Maraca Was Born

The Pact of the Hand and the Anus

8 Patakís from the Composites of Unle

The Rock and the Cactus

How the Moon Fooled the Sun and Saved the Earth

The Waxing and Waning of the Moon

Ekún Fails to Make Ebó

The Tale of Cotton

The Calabash of Ashé

9 Patakís from the Composites of Osá

How the Frog Got Its Poison

The Birth of Red Blood Cells

How the Turtle Won the Race

Why Butterflies Stay in the Country

Why the Sea Is Salty

10 Patakís from the Composites of Ofún

How the Pigeon Was First Sacrificed

Why Orúnmila Eats Hens, and Not Roosters

Ananagú: How Osogbo Was Freed in the World

11 Patakís from the Composites of Owani

The Old Woman and the Leopard

The Osogbos (Misfortunes) and the Àkùko (Rooster)

The Earth and the Wind

12 Patakís from the Composites of Ejila Shebora

The Lands of Lesa and Mogue

The Hunter and the Leopard

The Tale of the Spiders

Glossary

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781594774195
Author:
Lele, Ocha'ni
Publisher:
Destiny Books
Subject:
Metaphysics-Shamanism
Subject:
Metaphysics-Magic Witchcraft and Paganism
Subject:
Spirituality - Shamanism
Subject:
SHAMANISM;RELIGION;SPIRITUALITY;ANCIENT;CARIBBEAN;DILOGGUN;INDIGENOUS CULTURES;MYTHS;MYTHS, LEGENDS & HISTORY;NEW AGE;SANTERIA
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20110931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.5 in 13.895 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Sacred myths from Santería centered on nature and the natural world

• Includes more than 40 myths, stories, and histories from the Lucumí tradition

• Reassembles the oral fragments from the African diaspora into coherent stories

• Demonstrates that the African peoples, specifically the Yoruba, had deep philosophies and metaphysics involving nature and the natural world

Since ancient times the Yoruba of West Africa created sacred stories--patakís--to make sense of the world around them. Upon arrival in the New World, the Yoruba religion began to incorporate elements from Catholic and Native traditions, evolving into Santería, and new patakís were born, adding to the many chapters already found in the odu of the diloggun--the sacred oral teachings and divination system of the Yoruba, or Lucumí, faith. Comparable to the myths of ancient Greece and Rome and rich with jewels of wisdom like the I Ching, these Santería stories are as vast as the Hindu Vedas and as culturally significant as the parables in the Torah, Talmud, and Christian Bible.

Diloggun Tales of the Natural World presents more than 40 patakís that shed light upon the worldview of Santería. Each story in this collection, reassembled from the oral tradition of the African diaspora, is centered on a spiritual principle in nature: the waxing and waning of the moon, solar and lunar eclipses, the phenomenon of shooting stars, the separation of sky and earth, and the origins of the animals and birds who play key roles in Santería symbology. Revealing the metaphysics, theology, and philosophy of the Yoruba people, this volume shows these stories to be as powerful and relevant today as they were to the ancient Yoruba who once safeguarded them.

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