I’ve seen quiet enough in the Ocha / Santeria over the years and I’ve decided its time to divulge information to those who plan to be crowned / receive Kari Ocha. I support you efforts and I begin by advising you to read up as much information on the faith as you can. It is a religion filled with mysticism, beauty and one where everything has an explanation.
If you came to this blog you are either a skeptic or someone who is interested in consecrations into the religion and are either unsure as to the path or how to even start. I recommend following my blog and posting questions as I will responding to the questions as they come in.
I’ll give a quick overview of the religion and how to get started! Sounds good so follow. If you have any questions please post them below and I will respond to them as soon as I can. If i do not know the answer then I will send to elders in the religion for advice.
Santeria is an Afro-Caribbean religion brought over to Cuba by the slaves. the slaves came from different parts and different tribes. Each tribe had their own patronage Orisha (Saint). In order to preserve the religion the slaves each gave their patronage saint to each other. Hence, why, when you do Kari Ocha you receive so many Orishas. In Nigeria if my memory serves me right, you general only receive your tutelary guardian Angel and feet. I’ll explain this latter in detail in another blog.
Hopefully, I’ll given you some what of a bases. Now the religion as it evolved in Cuba became synchronized with Catholicism. This is why so many involved in Ocha refer to their Orishas with Catholic Names.
The five principal orishas are Obbatalla, Yemaya, Chango , Ochun and Eleggua. Each Orisha is given an energy in which they reign over . For example, Obbatala isKing of our heads nad king of the white cloth ( I’ll discuss further in other blogs), Yemaya is mother to all and is owner of the oceans, Ochun is the Orisha of Love and is owner of the rivers and finally Eleggua who stands at the cross roads and is Orisha who opens and closes your path.
This is your first 101 Class to be continued…… Please post your questions and I will respond to them .. I look forward to your questions.