By Frank Baba Eyiogbe
Cuban Ifá From An Insider
Hidden in the mysterious Afro-Cuban faith of Santería, often referred to as Lucumí, there's a deep physique of secrets and techniques and rituals referred to as Ifá, divination practiced through monks whose name, babalawo, skill "Father of the Secrets." This publication pulls away the veil of secrecy to bare precisely what Ifá is and the way it really works, exploring its historical past, cosmology, Orichas, initiations, mythology, choices, and sacrifices. sign up for Frank Baba Eyiogbe during this attention-grabbing creation that discusses the features of the babalawo, the position of girls, the way forward for Ifá, and masses more.
"A great and masses wanted addition to the literature on Afro-Cuban faith. Engagingly written, scholarly whereas last obtainable . . . it provides an updated exposition of either the heritage and modern philosophy of 1 of the world's most intricate structures of divination."—Stephan Palmié, Chair of the dep. of Anthropology and Social Sciences on the collage of Chicago and writer of The Cooking of background: How to not examine Afro-Cuban faith
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It is strikingly beautiful in places—from an American frame of reference, it could be said to resemble the Pacific Northwest—but somehow devoid of color. The palette has a limited run from the dark greens of the firs, junipers, and spruce to the milky gray of the granite peaks. The lush green patchwork of the rice paddies so characteristic of the Asian countryside can be seen only during a few months of the summer rainy season. The autumn brings a brief flash of foliage. The rest of the year everything is yellow and brown, the color leached away and faded.
I wrote a series of articles for the Los Angeles Times that focused on former residents of Chongjin, a city located in the northernmost reaches of the country. I believed that I could verify facts more easily if I spoke to numerous people about one place. I wanted that place to be far from the well-manicured sights that the North Korean government shows to foreign visitors—even if it meant I would be writing about a place that was off limits. Chongjin is North Korea’s third-largest city and one of the places that were hardest hit by the famine of the mid-1990s.
The lush green patchwork of the rice paddies so characteristic of the Asian countryside can be seen only during a few months of the summer rainy season. The autumn brings a brief flash of foliage. The rest of the year everything is yellow and brown, the color leached away and faded. The clutter that you see in South Korea is entirely absent. There is almost no signage, few motor vehicles. Private ownership of cars is largely illegal, not that anyone can afford them. You seldom even see tractors, only scraggly oxen dragging plows.
Babalawo, Santeria's High Priests: Fathers of the Secrets in Afro-Cuban Ifa by Frank Baba Eyiogbe