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The Osha: Secrets of the Yoruba-Lucumi-Santeria Religion in the United States and the Americas : Initiation, Rituals, Ceremonies, Orishas, Divination, Plants, s Paperback – June 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 473 pages
  • Publisher: Athelia Henrietta Pr (June 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890157228
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890157227
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 1.2 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ore Yeye Osun!
Olori Oriyomi
Nevertheless, it is a great read and interesting information has been written.
Yakuza Khan
The book is written in a confusing manner and just not accurate.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By El Brujo on September 28, 2002
Format: Paperback
The Osha is an excellent book that will make an excellent handbook to the newly crowned in the Osha Lucumi Tradition. This is a good book for its information, and should be used with the watchful eye of once Elders. The Reason being, yes there are allot of rituals, ceremonies, rites and passages revealed. But for those who have received the ceremonies of Kariocha, "the Crowning of their Santo." They will realize that many of the important key elements of these sacred acts have been left out. Fact is that Mr. Julio Garcia Cortez being an ordained Babalorisha of Chango, knew that this information could not be written in any book, because this Sacred knowledge is passed down through experience, and it is a sacred act that is passed down from initiated Elder to young Iyawo, and Aborishas.
Yes the book teaches you how to read the coco for the Santos, but it does not tell you how to properly petition Obi, before opening Obi up for consultation. Also there are set rules before consulting Obi that are not discussed in full detail in this book. But honestly these are lessons that one learns from their respected godparents in the religion.
For the beginner or those curious of the religion, this book will be curious but strange and alien, none of the Orikis or Orins are translated they are left in Lucumi dialect. Many of the herb's names are in Spanish, are not fully explained and further study will be needed. This is just some examples.
I recommend this book for those who have received the ceremonies of Kariocha, and for those who have a close bond with their respectful godparents, this is a handbook or lesson book that can be used as a basis for many learning discussions, or as a check back after other minor rituals and ceremonies.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
Given the complexity of the Orisha/Ifa tradition and it's many branches this book lent it's self to opening up one of the most secret branches of our traditon. As an initate I found the information both informative and helpful. Many other priests have commented on the "secret componants" that are revealed, but as initated persons in this tradition remember that the non initate does not know what he/she is looking at nor has the ashe to preform those things that are beyond their scope. This is a must have book for the serious practicioner of Ifa/Orisha worship.
Awo Oni FaDe
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Hall on January 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
Well, I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, it is very thorough; on the other hand, there are bits and pieces that are not considered accurate in my lineage, and overall it seems to be a bit misogynistic. I guess my biggest concern has to deal with the section regarding the Asiento/Santo/Kariocha ceremony. While I can appreciate the author's desire to remove the secrecy element from the religion, there is something to be said for maintaining a degree of mystery, that allows an individual to experience something without preconceived notions. All I can say is that I am grateful that I had already been crowned before I read this book, and that I would discourage any uninitiated godchildren from reading this book simply because I wouldn't want to possibly ruin the joyful surprise and spiritual enlightment that can only come from an unbiased mind when presented with the Divine.

I would certainly recommend this book -- perceived errors and all -- to those who have already been initiated with their Santo, while cautioning others to practice self-restraint and to skip over those sections that deal with assorted initiations that they, themselves, have not yet received.

Respectfully,

Elaine Hall
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is a translation of the original done is spanish (though much better organized, written and with a higher quality binding/printing job). It holds good information about the stories and the basics about the Santeria/Lucumi branch of the African religion of Ocha. It also goes into description about the particular ceremonies that are not always accurate or are missing information. This may be because these ceremonies are not meant to be published for the public and are only meant to be preformed by initiated/experienced priests. I'm not sure I can not clearly recommend this book as I feel some of the information should not be published at all, so it barely gets into the 3 star range.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Yakuza Khan on February 23, 2006
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This book on the religion is extremely and very thoroughly written. The amount of detail that is in this book is a very good introduction for any neophyte who has recently been initiated into the religion and I would recommend it to anyone that is interested in learning about the Lukumi or who needs to be educated on certain topics. However, any book written on the religion always leaves out information that is supposed to be kept secret and I am glad not ALL of the information was revealed. Nevertheless, it is a great read and interesting information has been written.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Olori Oriyomi on April 18, 2003
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Alafia! Aboru Aboye Abosise! May Ifa bless all those who are called by the African Orisa. I pay homage to all Babalawos,Awos Iyaloshas and Babaloshas who have paved the way for us to travel our journey / destiny which is the crooked road which leads us to Ifa.
My only advise to all who read, is to be reminded that it is important to be under the guidance of your Godparents.No matter how simple it may seem..YOU STILL REQUIRE ASE! You can't get that out of any book! ASE! You can only benefit under the guidance of your Elders. This culture is an active life. Remember, by doing the work, not just by reading a book will you gain many blessings and understanding of what it means to be an Orisa Devotee.Orisa ni ma sin! Eepa O Orisa! Ore Yeye Osun! Adupe O!Apetebii Yeye Olori Oriyomi
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