Orula is the great benefactor of men and his chief adviser, because it reveals t he future and allows them

to influence it. Is the holder of the secret of Ifa, O racle Supreme whereby it communicates with them and embodies the wisdom and the ability to influence the fate, even more adverse. It is also considered a great doctor and one of the owners of the four winds. Whoever does not abide by their advice, whether man or orisha may be a victim of Osogbo Echu induced. Chango was he who, with the permission of Olofi, gave him the tied Orula (or Boa rd of Ifa) and mastery of the secrets of divination. Orula is the son of Obatala and his best friends are his brothers and Elegguá Chango. His mother is Yenmú. This orisha knows the way of every man and every saint. When a person is going t o lay saint, which he says he Orula part through Até, because when a eleddá (head) i s he who knows that holy part. So the holy one wants to do is to consult. In the Rule of Ocha not drink or eat, but if the Ifa. In Cuba, form a trinity with Orula Oddun and Oddúa. They belong to him every day a nd his feast is Oct. 4. Its symbolic colors are green and yellow. To be a priest of Ifa or babalawo is not required to be santero, although usuall y the two things coincide. His power is so great that when someone claims to be his son, the individual must leave the cult of any other orisha and engage Orula . The first step to become a babalawo is a ceremony called "receiving the hand of Orula" (abo FACA) and it can only go through those to which it has been suggeste d divination. Women also have access to it (ico-FA) and this ceremony is the hig hest ritual by which they can move with respect to Ifa. The so are known as apet ebbí started and are considered as the deity wives and partners of some of its sec rets. The ideal apetebbí is the daughter of Oshun. However, full access to the secrets of Ifa only some men carefully chosen. No wo man can reach the level of babalawo. In the Regla de Palo Monte is appointed Paso Largo, Ensambre Mayor, Kisimba, Fat her Time, in the branch and yunyun Brillumba as Dadai Boila, in appointing him K ovonga Kimbisa, Mpungo Loboan Fula and Madama. Orula not fall on the heads of men, but communicates with them through their ora cles: the ekuele and Ifa board with Ikines. The ekuele is a chain of 14 to 16 inches long, composed of eight 4-cm hollow she lls, each crimped by metal links. The shells can be dried coconut shells, pieces of turtle shell, seeds, dried mango, etc. With this instrument come to get 4096 points or oddu different.

The board tied or IFA is a round table specifically tailored for divination. Thi s is a wooden circle of 14 or more inches in diameter with a carved edge where s tand four points marked on the ends of two perpendicular diameters. These four p oints representing the four corners of the world or cardinal points are the Nort h (Obatala), South (Oddúa), East (Change) and West (Echu). The babalawo sits on a mat with his back to the wall and facing the board is als o placed on the mat, and check on it a powder called yefá made of elephant tusk or yams roasted and ground. The person to be consulted sits in front of him with a towel on his knees, while the babalawo left hand grasps the sixteen Ikines and try to snatch the other hand many as possible. Proceed then to count the seeds t hat were in his hand, scratching at the yefá tied spread over the letters u oddu I fa corresponding to the number of seeds.

Babalawo attributes are tied to Ifa, the ekuele, Ikines two hands, two oracles, a weight and balance, a Idde and a necklace of yellow and green alternative, a p oplar cuje a deer or jar irofá with which it hits the edge of the board in various

ceremonies and iruke or horsehair brush, with which the board is cleaned to swe ep away the bad influences. The IFA board symbolizes the world. Haiti, Santo Domingo and Trinidad-Tobago There is information about an equivalence of this important orisha, although the re is talk of a relationship-Oggún-Osain Orula. Brazil In Brazil, Orunmila is also known as Olu Orógbó. He, and especially Ifa divination s ystem preside. Ifa is the oracle and Exu, the messenger of heaven. The association of the two was already recognized in Africa since time immemoria l and, as conceived by Nagos and Jeje, are intermediaries between the gods and m en. Ifa, because men bring the word of the gods and for being one of the 15 oris has who accompanied Odudua when it was established in Ife after creating the Ear th, is in a position superior to that of Exu, which transmits to the gods of men 's desires. Olorum given the opportunity to speak on behalf of the orishas and communicate w ith humans through divination. Formerly out of Candomblé, there was a priest-divin er babalao or dedicated to the worship of the god of divination, Ifa and Fa for Nagos for Jeje, represented by the tree or species of dende oil-rich nut. Mother s of Holy (master) sought the advice of the babalawos to determine the orixa pro tector or guardian angel of the initiate. It was therefore an element of excepti onal importance, and predicting the future and marked patterns of conduct for re ligious communities. The Brazilian babalaos irma considered the master, dressed in white, shaved head , their practices are called Olhar com or Ifa and are considered a powerful rese rve force, mobilized if necessary. For God's decisions forward seventeen African nut of a palm tree or a rosary or necklace equal number of snails Opel Costa ca lled Ifa, which in ancient times were also replaced by other elements such as co conut (OBI), the Orobico, or Pepper Coast or tie. Also use a special table calle d a rectangular Opón Ifa and a mat of 10 cm. Esteira called Ifa. The new priests of Ifa are located in a lower-the éluós or olúos-and part, in general, a set of elements within the Candomblé. The existence of this priesthood is in serious jeopardy by the concurrence of th e holy fathers and mothers who have, at present, the special training required f or dealing with Ifa. However, in Cuba, the caste of babalaos or babalawos contin ues to enjoy prestige and importance, being the only intermediaries between Olof i, Ifa and men

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