By Frank Baba Eyiogbe
Cuban Ifá From An Insider
Hidden in the mysterious Afro-Cuban faith of Santería, sometimes called Lucumí, there's a deep physique of secrets and techniques and rituals known as Ifá, divination practiced via clergymen whose name, babalawo, capability "Father of the Secrets." This ebook 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 interesting advent that discusses the features of the babalawo, the position of ladies, the way forward for Ifá, and masses more.
"A extraordinary and masses wanted addition to the literature on Afro-Cuban faith. Engagingly written, scholarly whereas final available . . . it provides an up to date exposition of either the historical past and modern philosophy of 1 of the world's most intricate platforms of divination."—Stephan Palmié, Chair of the dep. of Anthropology and Social Sciences on the collage of Chicago and writer of The Cooking of heritage: How to not research Afro-Cuban faith
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