The Secrets of Afro-Cuban Divination

How to Cast the Diloggún, the Oracle of the Orishas
By (author) Ócha'ni Lele

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The Secrets of Afro-Cuban Divination
How to Cast the Diloggún, the Oracle of the Orishas
By (author) Ócha'ni Lele

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Pages : 424

Book Size : 6 x 9

ISBN-13 : 9780892818105

Imprint : Destiny Books

On Sale Date : September 01, 2000

Format : Paperback Book

This is the first book to provide complete information on how to cast the Diloggún, including instructions for opening, reading, and closing the oracle, as well as everything necessary for giving a comprehensive reading.
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About The Secrets of Afro-Cuban Divination

The first book to provide complete, specific instructions on casting the Diloggún, the cowrie-shell oracle of the Orishas.

• Provides step-by-step instructions never before published, detailing requirements and procedure for casting the Diloggún.

• Includes a detailed “mojuba” or prayer used to awaken the Orishas (spirit entities) for divination.

• Devotes an entire chapter to each of the twelve basic Odu (random patterns in which the sixteen shells fall), providing ritual mechanics and oracular meanings for all possible castings.

The Afro-Cuban faith, known to outsiders as Santeria and to adherents as Las Reglas de Ocha de Los Lucumi, is not a static religion but a living conduit of energy for connecting the spirit world to our own. It came to the New World with the slave trade where it has evolved in response to the surrounding culture. For adherents of Lucumi, the Diloggún is the most important focus of worship: the sacred shells reveal the forces at play in an adherent's life. These forces are redefined and placated by the Orisha priest, who makes direct contact with the spirit world in an effort to help the adherent evolve.

While many books have been published about Santeria, The Secrets of Afro-Cuban Divination is the first to provide complete information on how to cast the Diloggún, including opening, reading, and closing the oracle, and how to give a comprehensive reading. With a detailed discussion about why each prayer is offered and insight into the metaphysical core of the religion, this book will bring those seeking the wisdom of the Diloggún closer to the living Orishas than they have ever been.
Table of Contents

Table of content

The Secrets of Afro-Cuban Divination
How to Cast the Diloggun, the Oracle of the Orishas

Acknowledgements
Introduction
1. Manipulating the Diloggun--The Oracle of the Orishas
2. Opening Okana--One Mouth on the Mat
3. Opening Eji Oko--Two Mouths on the Mat
4. Opening Ogunda--Three Mouths on the Mat
5. Opening Irosun--Four Mouths on the Mat
6. Opening Oche--Five Mouths on the Mat
7. Opening Obara--Six Mouths on the Mat
8. Opening Odi--Seven Mouths on the Mat
9. Opening Elleunle/Eji Ogbe--Eight Mouths on the Mat
10. Opening Osa--Nine Mouths on the Mat
11. Opening Ofun--Ten Mouths on the Mat
12. Opening Owani--Eleven Mouths on the Mat
13. Opening Ejila Shebora--Twelve Mouths on the Mat
Appendix One: The Odu Byond Ejila Shebora
Appendix Two: Examples of Recorded Readings with the Diloggun
Appendix Three: Mail-Order Sources for Religious Supplies
Glossary
Suggested Reading
Index

Author Bio
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. This year he made Ocha and was crowned a priest of Oya. He lives in Florida.
Reviews

Reviews

Book Praise

Book Praise

". . . a complete resource and guide for anyone wishing to learn how to cast the Diloggun."

The Chicago Firefly, February 2002



"A richly detailed account of AfroCuban divination. I have had the opportunity to read a number of chapters of this book in its prerelease form and have been thoroughly impressed not only by the detail which the author provides but the extent of his knowledge which this work demonstrates. This is an arcane and highly complex system of divination based on methods and traditions brought to the new world and maintained in Cuba over generations by slaves and their decendants. This title, written by a priest of the Yoruban derived Orisha religion of Cuba commonly known as Santeria, covers not only the fundamentals of how to cast the diloggun or seashell divination, but offers many insights to the finer points of interpretation and application. It is a must for anyone interested in this topic, especially for those unable to avail themselves of the literature currently available in Spanish, Portuguese, or Yoruba on this complex topic."

Eoghan Ballard, University of Pennsylvania



"Lele's book is the most thorough print version to date of the orally transmitted oracles as they are currently practiced by American babalawos (priests) and santeros (practitioners). Recommended for academic and public libraries."

Steve Young, Montclair State Univ., N.J., Library Journal



". . . one of the best, clearest, explanations of that divinatory system I have ever been exposed to. If you are very interested in learning about the diloggun system of divination, this book will provide you with an excellent start on the path."
Mike Gleason, Witchgrove, March 2007
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DIVINATION / INDIGENOUS CULTURES

The Afro-Cuban faith, known to outsiders as Santería and to adherents as Las Reglas de Ocha de Los Lucumí, is not a static religion but is a living conduit of energy for connecting the spirit world to our own. It has roots in Africa, most specifically with the Yoruba tribe of Nigeria, but came to the New World with the slave trade where it has evolved in response to the surrounding culture. For adherents of Lucumí the Diloggún is the most important focus of worship:the sacred shells reveal the forces at play in an adherent’s life and these forces are redefined and placated by the orisha priest, who makes direct contact with the spirit world in an effort to help the adherent evolve. At the heart of New World orisha worship, the Diloggún is both an oracle and a guide on the long road to personal transformation.

While many books have been published about Santería, The Secrets of Afro-Cuban Divination is the first to provide complete information on how to cast the Diloggún, including instructions for opening, reading, and closing the oracle, as well as everything necessary for giving a comprehensive reading. With a detailed discussion about why each prayer is offered and insight into the metaphysical core of the religion, this book will bring those seeking the wisdom of the Diloggún closer to the living orishas than they have ever been.

ÓCHA’NI LELE has been immersed in the underground culture of orisha worship since 1989. By 1995 he had received several initiations in both Santería and the Congo faith Palo Mayombe. This year he made Ocha and was crowned a priest of Oya. He lives in Florida.

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