Awonifa

Study the Teaching of Ifa and the Orisha's

Shigidi, or Shugudu, is deified nightmare. The name appears to mean “something short and bulky,” and the god, or demon, is represented by a broad and short head, made of clay, or, more commonly, by a thick, blunted cone of clay, which is ornamented with cowries, and is no doubt emblematic of the head.

Shigidi is an evil god, and enables man to gratify his hate in secret and without risk to himself. When a man wishes to revenge himself upon another he, offers a sacrifice to Shigidi, who thereupon proceeds at night to the house of the person indicated and kills him. His mode of procedure is to squat upon the breast of his victim and “press out his breath;” but it often happens that the tutelary deity of the sufferer comes to the rescue and wakes him, uponwhich Sbigidi leaps off, falls upon the earthen floor, and disappears, for he only has power over man dur ing sleep. This superstition still lingers among the negroes of the Bahamas of Yoruba descent, who talk of being “hagged,” and believe that nightmare is caused by a demon that crouches upon the breast of the sleeper. The word nightmare is itself a survival from a similar belief once held by ourselves, mare being the Anglo-Saxon mære, elf or goblin.

The person -who employs Shigidi, and sends him out to kill, must remain awake till the god returns, for if he were to fall asleep Shigidi would at that moment turn back, and the mission would fail. Shigidi either travels on the wind, or raises a wind to waft him along; on this point opinions differ. The first symptom of being attacked by Shigidi, is a feeling of heat and oppression at the pit of the stomach, “like hot, boiled rice,” said a native. If a man experiences this when he is falling asleep, it behoves him to get up at once and seek the protection of the god he usually serves.

Houses and enclosed yards can be placed under the guardianship of Shigidi. In order to do this a hole is dug in the earth and a fowl, sheep, or, in ancient times with exceptional cases, a human victim was slaughtered, so that the blood drains into the hole, and is then buried. A short, conical mound of red earth is next built over the spot, and an earthen saucer placed on the summit to receive occasional sacrifices. When a site has thus been placed under the protection of Shigidi, he kills, in his typical manner, those who injure the buildings, or who trespass there with bad intentions.

Yoruba Fokelore

A Favorite Elegua story

One day Echu began a journey wearing a hat, red on one side, white on the other. Making not a sound he walked between two friends, one seeing the white side of his hat, the other seeing the red. Later in the day the two friends spoke to one another about the mysterious man in the hat.
Immediately, they began to argue about the color of the hat. White! Red! The quarreling turned to blows, as each man professed to know the right answer and demanded to be acknowledged as the victor in the violent discussion.The Trickster Eshu chuckled at the sight and walked over to the men, now bloodied and angry, and showed them his hat – red on one side and white on the other.

He was delighted by the fact they would fight about something as ridiculous as the color of another mans hat, ruining their long-standing friendship in the process. Taking pleasure in testing the strengths and weaknesses of mankind, he provides the lesson of making the right choices in life.

He is found at the crossroads, can see in all directions, watchs what people do, good and bad. His punishment is swift but he is also kind.

Eshu sits at the threshold to your home, guarding the entry.

Tortoise and the King

One year the Elephant had done a great deal of damage, breaking down the trees, drinking up the water in a time of scarcity, and eating the first tender crops from the fields.

The Kings hunters tried in vain to destroy him, for Elephant knew many charms, and always escaped from their traps.

At last the King offered the hand of his daughter in marriage to anyone who would rid the country of the pest.

Tortoise went to the palace and offered to catch Elephant, and then made his preparations. Outside the town a large pit was dug, and on the top of it was laid a thin platform covered with velvet cloths and leopard-skins, like a throne.

Then Tortoise set off into the forest, accompanied by slaves and drummers. Elephant was very much surprised to see his little friend Tortoise riding in such state, and suspected a trap; but Tortoise said that the old King was dead and the people all wished Elephant to rule over them, because he was the greatest of all animals. When he heard this, Elephant was flattered, and agreed to accompany Tortoise to the town. But when he went up on to the platform to be crowned King, the wood gave way beneath him, and he crashed down into the pit and was speedily slain by the Kings hunters.

All the people rejoiced, and praised the cunning of Tortoise, who went to the palace to receive his bride. But the King refused to give his daughter to such an insignificant creature, and Tortoise determined to have a revenge. When the new crops were just ripening, he called together all the field-mice and elves, and asked them to eat up and carry away the corn. They were only too pleased with the idea, and the farmers in distress found the fields quite bare.

Now there was prospect of a famine in the land, and the King offered the same reward as before to anyone who would rid the country of the pests.

Tortoise once again appeared in the palace and offered his help. The King was eager enough to accept it, but Tortoise cautiously refused to do anything until the Princess became his bride.

The King was thus forced to consent to the marriage, and when it had taken place, Tortoise, true to his word, called together all the mice and elves and showed them a platform loaded with dainty morsels of food. He then addressed them as follows:

The people are so distressed at the damage you have done, that they have prepared this feast for you, and they promise to do the same twice every year, before the harvesting of the first and second crops, if you will agree not to touch the corn in the fields.

The little creatures all consented, and marched in a great crowd to the platform, which they soon cleared.

The King and his people were not very pleased to hear of this arrangement, but they were so afraid of Tortoise that they could not complain, and after that the mice and elves never troubled the country again.

More Yoruba Concepts

Five ancient concepts are essential to an understanding of Yoruba aesthetics.

(1) Ase means “power” or “authority”. However, the meaning of Ase is extraordinarily complex. Ase is used in a variety of contexts. One of the most important meanings is the “vital power, the energy, the great strength of all things.” Ase also refers to a divine energy manifest in the process of creation and procreation. Ase invests all things, exists everywhere, and is a source for all creative activity. Again, Ase often refers to the inner power or “life force.” Ase also refers to the “authority” by which one speaks or acts.

(2) Ori is the “inner spiritual head” in humans or “personal destiny,” not mind or soul as these terms are used in the West. But Ori can mean the enabling power that represents the potential that life contains.

(3) Iwa can mean “character” or “essential nature.” Two classifications of usage of Iwa are generally recognized: the ontological-descriptive and the ethical evaluative. The ontological-descriptive meaning enables one to identify the quantitative existence of a person as revealed by their behaviour, the “lifestyle” or manner in which they exist in the world. The ethical-evaluative meaning represents a qualitative judgment of how good or bad is their iwa.

(4) Ewa is an aesthetic term as well as an expression of iwa, a person’s essential nature. Ewa means “beauty”, referring in some contexts to physical beauty of a person or object, but mostly to the qualities of beauty of a person or object. The term can be used to describe how a work of art captures the essential quality of the subject.

(5) Ona means “art” or it can refer to an artist’s ability to create or design. In Yoruba “art” cannot be defined outside of the context of the processes of creation, the purpose of creation, and the skill of the artist in capturing the first two contextualities in order to produce a physical object that embodies meaning.

Ifa Related

Plantas de los Orishas

Hierba Orichas Nombre Científico Propiedades
Aericola (Hierva de pozo) Elegua, Ogun, Orula, Ochun Avericola  
Abre camino Ochun, Asogwano Eupatorium villosum Baños, catarro
Abrojo amarillo Ogun Tribulus terrestris infertilidad e impotencia,tratamiento de la cardiopatía isquémica
Acacia - paraíso blanco Obatala, Asogwano Moringa oleifera antioxidante anti-inflamatorio, anti-envejecimiento, promueven la salud cardiovascular,  endocrina, repara y sana tejidos, mejora el sueño y la claridad mental, la digestión,capacidad desintoxicadora
Ácana o Nispero Ogun Manilkara albescens  
Aceitunillo Orula Beilschmiedia pendula  
Aguacate Yemaya, Chango, Ogun, Oricha Oko Persea americana Dolor de muela, hemorroide
Aguacate blanco o cimarrón Changó Dendrocereus nudiflorus  
Aguinaldo blanco Obatala, Ochosi Rivea corymbosa  
Aguinaldo morado Orula Ipomoea crassicaulis  
Ají de china Ogun Solanum havanensis  
Ají dulce Yemaya Capsicum frutescens  
Ají guagua Ogun Capsicum frutescens L. Hemorroides
Alacrancillo Elegua, Ochun, Ogun, Aña, Ochosi, Osun Heliotropium indicum Dolores musculares, eczemas, hemorroides y el ácido úrico, cálculos, hemorroides, limpieza de heridas y úlceras.
Álamo Chango, Ogun, Aña Ficus religiosa  
Albahaca Ochun, Yemaya, Aña Ocimum basilicum  
Albahaca cimarrona Asogwano Ocimum gratissimum  
Albahaca mondonguera o Hierba la bruja Asogwano Ocimum basilicum  
Albahaca morada Oya Ocimun sanctum L. Catarro y afecciones relacionadas.tos
Algarrobo Chango Samanea Saman  
Algodón Obatala, Aña, Orduwa, Osun Gossypium barbadense L. Afecciones de oído
Almácigo - Indio Desnudo Ochun Bursera simaruba L. Catarro y afecciones
Almendro/ Almendrón Ochosi, Obatala Terminalia catappa  
Anón Obatala, mellis, oduduwa Annona squamosa citrica y curativa
Anamú o Mapurite Ogun Petiveria alliaceae L. Antiinflamatorio, catarro y neumonía
Añil o índigo Yemaya, Ogun Indigofera tinctoria Antiespasmódico, febrífugo, purgante, antiséptico, estimulante, astringente. En dosis altas es emético.
Anón o Riñon Obatala, Ochun, Jimaguas Annona squamosa  
Apazote Asogwano Chenopodium ambrosiodes L. Gastrointestinales parásitos, Opresiones al estomago . Estimulante. Digestivo. Cura el empacho en los niños. Casos de histeria, Cólicos, Nerviosidades, y calambres.
Aroma Elegua, Ogun Acacia farnesiana  
Arroz   Oriza sativa L. Hepatitis
Artemisa Yemaya Ambrosia artemisifolia  
Ateje (corteza sin masa) Ogun Cordia collococca La familia es potencialmente toxica. Hidropesia y presion alta.
Atiponla blanco - Tostón Elegua, Obatala, Chango Boerhaavia erecta caribaea Higado, hepatites, icterícia, males de la vesícula biliar
Ayua   Zanthoxylum martinicensis Lam Dolor de muelas
Bayoneta Obatala Yucca gloriosa  
Belladona Obatala Kalanchoe brasiliensis  
Bejuco de canastas Ochosi Trichostigma octandrum  
Bejuco leñatero   Govania polygamaLRadalk Afecciones oftámicas
Bejuco Parra   Vitis titiifolia Humb-Bonpl Hepatitis
Bejuco raíz de china   Smilax Sp. Diurético
Bejuco ubí Obatala Cissus sicyoides L. Asma y catarro
Bergamota, Lima, Limon dulce   Citrus aurantifolia Christm Presión alta
Berro Ochun Nasturtium officinale R.B. Gastrointestinales
Bija, Onoto   Bixia orellana L. Afecciones de la piel quemaduras
Bledo blanco Elegua, Obatala, Aña, Osun Amaranthus viridis L. Gastrointestinales
Bledo carbonero, Jaboncillo Ogun Phytolacca icosandra  
Bledo de clavo Obatala Amaranthus polygonoides  
Boniato -Batata Dulce Oricha Oko Ipomoea batatas  
Botón de oro Ochun Abutilon indicum  
Caimitillo Oya Chrysophyllum oliviforme  
Caimito morado Oya Chrysophyllum cainito  
Caisimón Yemaya Piper peltatum L. Gastrointestinales
Caisimón de anís, Hoja santa Asogwano Piper auritum  
Calabaza - Auyama Ochun, Oricha Oko Cucurbita moschata  
Cambia voz, Amansa guapo Yemaya Schaefferia frutescens  
Campana blanca Obatala, Orduwa Datura arborea Planta Toxica y/o puede ser mortal.
Campana morada Ogun Ipomoea crassicaulis Planta Toxica y/o puede ser mortal.
Caña brava Orun Bambusa vulgaris  
Caña mejicana   Costus speciosus Smith Parásitos, diurético
Caña santa Obatala Costus spicatus bronquios, riñon, diuretico, cicatrizante, fiebre, corazon
Canela Ochun Cinnamomum cassia  
Canistel Ochun, Jimaguas Pouteria campechiana  
Canutillo blanco Obatala Comnelina elegans y Comnelina longicaulis  
Canutillo morado [Canutillo] Yemaya, Chango, Aña Commelina elegans  
Cardo santo Ogun, Ochosi Argemone mexicana  
Cardón Asogwano Euphorbia lactea  
Carolina Oya Pachira insignis  
Cebolla   Allium cepa Asma
Ceiba Chango, Aña, Orduwa Ceiba pentandra  
Cerraja Ochun Sonchus oleraceus  
Chaya   Iatropha aethiopica Muell. Afecciones circulatorias
Chichicate   Urera baccifera L Gaud Cálculo
Chirimoya Obatala, Asogwano, Jimaguas Annona Cherimolia  
Ciruela huesito Yemaya, Chango, Asogwano Spondias purpurea  
Coco Asowano Cocos nucifera L. Dolor de muela
Colonia Asogwano Alpinia speciosa  
Copal   Protium cubensisRoxbVib. relacionadas
Coquito africano Orula    
Coralillo Ochosi, Changó Antigonon leptopus comestible
Corazon de Paloma Elegua    
Cordobán Chango, Ogun, Aña, Oya Rhoeo discolor spathaceasw Catarro y afecciones relacionadas
Cuaba amarilla Ochosi Amyris balsamifera  
Cuaba negra Yemaya Erithalis fruticosa  
Cuajaní   Pruno occidentalis SW Catarro
Cucaracha Oya, Yemaya Zebrina pendula  
Cucaracha morada Yemaya, Oya Zezrina purpusii  
Culantrillo de pozo Ochun Adiantum tenerum  
Culantro de monte Yemaya Eryngium foetidum  
Cundeamor Ochun, Asogwano, Orula Momordica charantia L Gastrointestinales
Curbana, Palo malambo   Canella winterana L. Afecciones reumáticas y artritis
Curujey Elegua, Chango,Aña Hohenbergia penduliflora  
Diez d día, Bella a las 11 Yemaya Portulaca pilosa  
Don chayo Obatala Jatropha urens  
Doradilla   Polypodium polypodioides Hepatitis
Dormidera Ochosi Mimosa pudica L. Dolor de muelas, piel
Embeleso, Celestina Ochosi, Ochun Plumbago capensis  
Escoba amarga Asogwano Parthenium hysterophorus  
Estropajo Asogwano Luffa cylindrica  
Eucalipto Obatala, Ogun Eucalyptus resinifera Catarro, tos
Filigrana Chango, Aña Lantana camara  
Flor de agua Obatala, Ochun, Yemaya, Aña Eichhornia azurea o Eichhornia crassipes  
Flor de mármol Obatala, Orduwa Sedum monregalese  
Flor de muerto Ochun, Ogun Tagetes erecta  
Fosforito Obatala Cuphea ignea  
Framboyán - Acacia Oya Delonix regia Diarrea
Frescura Obatala, Ogun Pilea microphylla  
Fruta bomba (Papaya) Ochosi, Ochun, Oricha Oko Carica papaya De aqui se extrae la papaína para cura de enfermedades estomacales
Fruta del pan Obatala Artocarpus altilis  
Galán de noche Obatala Cestrum nocturnum  
Geranio Chango Pelargonium graveolens  
Girasol  Ochun Helianthus annuus  
Granada Obatala Punica granatum L. Úlceras, catarro
Grénguere Chango Corchorus olitorius  
Guacalote  Chango Canavalia cubensis  
Guacamaya francesa Ochun Cassia Senna alata Afecciones de la piel
Guaco   Mikania sp. Gastrointestinales
Guajaca   Tillandsia usneoides L. Diabetis
Guamá Ogun,Ochosi Lonchocarpus sericeusPairDC Afecciones renales, antimicrobial, antinflamatorio
Guamá de costa Ochun Lonchocarpus latifolius  
Guanábana Obatala, Asogwano, Jimaguas, Oricha Oko Annona muricata Lea Aqui
Guanina Orula Cassia tora  
Guásima Yemaya Guajuma tomentosa ulmifolia Lam. Granos, diarreas, antiinflamatorio
Guayaba Elegua, Jimaguas Psidium guajaba L.  
Güira   Crescentia cujete L. Catarro y afecciones relacionadas
Guisaso de caballo   Xanthium occidentales B. Afecciones renales
Guizazo de Baracoa Ogun Xanthium chinense  
Helecho hembra  Ochosi Asplenium Filix-Foemina, Pteris aquilana  
Helecho de Rio Ochun y todos los Orichas    
Heneken o Sisal   Agave fourcroydes Hacer Yute, y mecatillo
Hiedra Obatala, Orduwa Ficus pumila  
Hierba buena Chango, Asogwano Mentha nemorosa  
Hierba de garro Oya, Orun Spermacoce teniuor  
Hierba de la niña Ochun, Aña Euphorbia hirta, Phyllanthus swartzii  
Hierba de la vieja Ochun Flavería trinervia  
Hierba de sangre, Rompe Camisa Asogwano Cordia globosaJackH.B.L. Intoxicaciones. sus hojas se emplea para contener las hemorragias y los esputos de sangre.
Hierba de sapo [Oroazul] Ogun Phyla strigillosa  
Hierba del pasmo   Teucrium cubense Jack Gastrointestinales
Hierba fina Elegua, Obatala, Ogun, Aña, Ochosi Cynodon dactylon  
Hierba gomosa Aña    
Hierba hedionda Chango, Orula Cassia occidentails  
Hierba la pascua Aña, Oya    
Hierba Luisa o Flor de España Elegua Lippia alba Gastrointestinales
Hierba mora Ogun Solanum nigrum Culebrilla, catarro, hemorragias, heridas
Higuereta Obatala, Chango Ricinus communis minor Purgante
Hino macho Ochun Dryopteris tetragona  
Hojas de ero africano Chango    
Hojas de kola Chango Cola acuminata  
Incienso   Artemisia abrotamum L. Gastrointestinalesincluye parásitos
Incienso de costa Yemaya, Ogun, Ochosi Tournefortia gnaphalodes  
Itamo real (otro tipo) Yemaya, Elegua Ephedra nevadensis Catarro, antibacterial
Itamo real (principal) Yemaya, Elegua Potentilla candicans L. Catarro, antibacterial
Jaboncillo Ochun Sapindus saponarius  
Jagua Yemaya Genipa americana  
Jagüey Chango Ficus Bengalensis  
Jengibre Chango Zingiber officinale gastro-intestinal
Jiquí Yemaya Pera bumeliaefolia  
Jobo Chango Spondias mombin L. Afecciones de la piel
Larolito   Cadiospermum halicabum L. Catarro
Lechuga   Lactuca sativa L. Migraña
Lechuguilla  Yemaya Pistia commuttata, Pistia occidentalis  
Lengua de las mujeres Obatala Pilea nummularifolia  
Lengua de vaca Ogun Sanseveria guineensis Antitusigeno.
Lima   Citrus limon L. Albúmina, presión
Limonero   Citrus bergamia Risso Circulacion, presion arterial, activa sucos gastricos
Lirio de agua - Ashibata Ochun, Yemaya Zantedeschia Aethiopica Anafrodisíaco
Lirio de sierra   Plumeria sp. Dolor de muela
Llanten Llanten, Obatala, Orduwa Plantagu majon L. Gastrointestinales, catarro
Maboa   Cameraria latifolia L. Dolor de muela
Macurije   Matayba apetalaMacfRadik Hongos
Maguey   Agave sp. Afecciones de la piel
Maíz Oricha Oko Zea mays L. Diurético
Majagua   Hibiscus elatus SW Hepatitis
Malanga - Ocumo Yemaya, Asogwano, Aña, Oricha Oko Xanthosoma sagitufolium L. Afecciones oftálmicas
Malva Blanca   Waltheria índica L. Afecciones de piel
Malva té Chango Corchorus siliquosus Asma, anticelulitico
Mamey colorado - Sapote Ochun, Chango, Oya Pouteria mamosa L Cranquist. Calocarpumx Catarro y tos
Mamey Sto.Domingo Jimaguas, Orula Pouteria mamosa  Afecciones de la piel Mamea americana
Mamoncillo Jimaguas Melicocca bijuga  
Manajú   Rheedia aristata griseb Para adelgazar, hemorragias heridas
Mandelamina   Belamcanda chinencisLDC Cálculos Renales
Mangle rojo Chango Rhizophora mangle L. Hongos, hepatitis, gastrointestinales, cáncer
Mango Obatala, Jimaguas, Oricha Oko Mangifera indica  
Maní  Asogwano Arachis hypogaea  
Mano de San Francisco Orula    
Mano poderosa Orula    
Manto Oya Coleus blumei  
Manzanilla   Matricaria recufita L. Gastrointestinales y de la piel
Maravilla Ochun, Chango, Orula Mirabilis jalapa L. Hemorroides, piel
Marilope Ochun Turnera ulmifolia L. Gastrointestinales
Marpacífico  Chango Hibiscus rosa-sinensis  
Mastuerzo Elegua Lepidium virginicum L. Afecciones renales
Mazorquilla Chango Blechum Brownei  
Mejorana Elegua, Obatala, Ochun Majorana hortensis, Origanum marjorana Antiespamodico
Meloncillo Ogun Melothria guadalupensis  
Menta   Mentha piperita L. Gastrointestinales
Menta Jamaiquina Ochosi    
Millo o Sorgo Obatala Sorghum vulgare Emoliente y protector de la mucosa intestinal,frenador del metabolismo.
Mostaza cimarrona   Brassica juncea L. Catarro y afecciones relacionadas
Ñame Oricha Oko Dioscorea cayenensis Digestivo
Naranja Jimaguas Citrus sinensis Sedante nervioso, digestivo
Naranja agria Ogun Citrus aurantium var. Amara Asma, catarro
Naranjo Amargo   Citrus aurantim L. Asma, catarro
Nitro   Boldoa Purpuracea Cav exleg Hepatitis, cálculos
No me olvides  Ochun Duranta repens  
Nogal de Cuba   Iunglans jamaicencis CDCinDC Abortiva
Orégano cimarrón   Ocimun gratissimum L. Catarro y afecciones relaciondastos, Antigotosa, Antirreumática, Antiinfecciosa, Diurética: (raíz
Oro azul Ochun Phyla strigillosa  
Oruzuz   Phyla scaberrima AGJuss M. Asma, catarro y tos
Palma real Chango, Orula Roystonea regia  
Palo de caja   Allaphyllus comineaLSW Diabetes, Gastrointestinales
Panetela Ochun, Xylophylla angustifolia  
Papito de la reina Yemaya Centrosema plumieri  
Para mí [Ponasí] Yemaya Hamelia patens analgésicas,  antiinflamatorias
Palo de arco Yemaya Tecoma stans cura disfuncion sexual
Palo Moruro   pithecellobium arboreun  
Paragüita Yemaya Cyperus alternifolius  
Paraíso Elegua, Obatala Melia azederach  
Paraná   Panicum purpurancens Raddi Parásitos
Parra Ochun Vitis vinifera Afecciones circulatorias, hemorragias
Pata de gallina  Ochosi, Aña, Orula Dactyloctenium aegyptium  
Pega pollo Yemaya Priva lappulácea  
Pendejera Asogwano Solanum toruum sp. Dolor de muelas
Peonia - Guereyeye Ochosi (mata y hojas), Chango, Aña Ormosia monosperma - Abrus precatorius Anti Cancer
Peralejo   Byrsonima crassifoliaLHBK Dolor de muelasneuralgia
Peregún Elegua, Ogun Dracaena Fragans  
Pimienta Cimarron o Guayabita   Pimienta dioca L. Merr. problemas nerviosos, Dolor de muelas (aceite)
Piña Jimaguas Ananas comosus Antiinflamatorio,
hipolipemiante,diuretico, vitaminico
Piña de ratón Orula Bromelia pinguin  
Pino   Pinus caribaea Morelet Dolor de muelas
Piñón de Botija Obatala, Chango, Aña Jatropha curcas (Venenosa)
Pitahaya Chango Hylocereus triangularis  
Platanillo Ochun, Chango Piper aduncum L. Infección renal
Platanillo de Cuba Chango, Jimaguas canna coccinea  
Plátano Chango, Elegua Musa paradisiaca L. Catarro, dolor de muelas, hepatitis, afecciones oftámicas, cáncer
Ponasí Ogun, Shangó Hamelia patens antihemorrágico  cicatrizante, antiinflamatorio, analgésico, febrífugas y antifúngicas
Pomarrosa Ochun Syzygium jambos  
Prodigiosa - Siempreviva Obatala, Aña, Ochosi, Orduwa Briophyllus pinnatumLamKurz Catarro y afecciones relacionadasdolor de garganta
Quiebrahacha Oya Copaifera hymenaefolis  
Quimbombó Chango, Oricha Oko Hibiscus esculentus  
Quita maldición Obatala Caesalpinia major  
Rabo de gato   Achyrantes aspera L. Afecciones renales
Rabo de zorra Ogun Trichachne insularis  
Remolacha Obatala Beta vulgaris Remineralizante, vitaminico
Resedá - Resedá francesa Ochun Lawsonia alba  
Romerillo Obatala, Elegua, Ochun Bidens pilosa L. Gastrointestinales
Romerillo amarillo Ochun, Orula Weddelia rugosa tenuis  
Romero Ochun Rosmarinus officinalis L. Dolor de oídos
Rompe camisa Asogwano Damianaturnera diffusa willd Tonificante nervioso,estimulante de los organos genitales, diuretico suave
Rompesaragüey Yemaya, Ogun, Asogwano, Jimaguas, Ochosi Eupatorium Odoratum L. Afecciones de la piel
Rosa francesa   Nerium oleander L. Afecciones de la piel
Ruda Egun Ruta graveolens Afecciones de oídos, Emenagoga, oftálmica, antiespasmódica y rubefaciente
Sábila   Aloe barbadensis Mill Hepatitis, hemorroides
Sacu sacu Chango   Riñones
Saiao Obatala,Yemaya Kalanchoe brasiliensis hoja marchita:callos, erisipelas, aftas, quemaduras, tumores, picadas insectos. Infusion: tos, dabetes
Salvadera o Jabillo Chango Hura crepitans  
Salvia Asogwano, Orduwa Pluchea odorata dolor de cabeza, tos, diarrea
Salvia de Castilla   Salvia officinalis L. Catarro
Sargazo Orun Sargassum  
Sarnilla   Casearia sylvestris SW Gastrointestinalesresfriados
Sasafrás   Bursera graveolens Triana et Afecciones oftálmicas
Sauco Elegua, Obatala, Ochun Sambucus simpsonii canadensis Afecciones oftámicas Rehder Ex Sarg
Seso Vegetal Obatala Blighia sapida, Cupania sapida Rogaciones de cabeza contra locura o problemas de la cabeza
Seso vegetal Obatala Blighia sapida  
Siguaraya Elegua, Chango Trichilia glabra  
Tabaco   Nicotiana tabacum L. Hemorragias, heridas
Tábano   Povonia fructicosa Mill. Afecciones de pielhongos y granos, reuma y artritis
Tamarindo Oya Tamarindus índicu L. Hepatitis
Tengue   Peoppigia procera pres. Catarro y afecciones re lacionadas
Tilo   Justicia pectoralis Jacq. Catarro y afecciones relacion. con  nervios
Toronja Obatala Citrus paradisi Presión alta
Toronjil Asogwano Melissa officinalis Resfriados, Gripe
Túa Túa Yemaya Latropha gossypifolia L. Afecciones circulatorias
Tuna Chango, Ogun Opuntia sp. Hepatitis
Tuna brava   Opuntia dillenii  
Uva caleta Oya, Ogun Coccoloba uvifera  
Uva gomosa Yemaya Cordia alba  
Vencedor, Sauzgatillo o Arbusto de la pimienta Obatala Zanthoxylum pistacifolium Anti Hongos, Amenorrea (falta temporal de la menstruacion), nervios
Verbena Ochosi, Yemaya Verbena officinalis Depresion
Verdolaga Elegua, Obatala, Yemaya Portulaca Oleracea Ulceras
Vergonzosa o Dormidera Asogwano Mimosa Pudica dolor de muela
Vicaria  Ogun Vinca rosea Antiinfeccioso ocular
Vinagrillo o Trebol Obatala Oxalis violacea Antidiarreico
Yagruma Yemaya, Chango, Oya Cecropia peltata L. Presión baja, afecciones renaleshematurias, hemorroides
Yaguna   Imperata brasiliensis Trin. Hematuria, Diuretico
Yamao o Cedro Macho Yemaya Guarea quidonia L. Sleumer Hemorroides y heridas
Yaya   Oxandra lanceolataS.WBail Gastrointestinales
Yuca Oricha Oko Manihot sculenta crantz Gastrointestinales
Zapote Ochun, Jimaguas Achras sapote Vitaminas A y C, tonifica la digestion, normaliza los intestinos
Zarzaparrilla Ochun, Jimaguas Smilax medica Diuretica

Counsel of Cuban Elder Ifa Priests

The Counsel of Elder Priests of Ifa of the Republic of Cuba, has expressed,
determined and required:

1- That we do not accept nor will we ever accept the Initiation of women inside
the worship of Ifa, that not be the ceremony of the Ikofa of Orunmila.

2- That we will not accept in any of our houses and calling extensively to all
in the worship of the Rule Of Ocha/Ifa, the presence of these women that say to
be Iyanifa or Oluwos and even less those Babalawos that have lent themselves for
this farce.

3- That consequently we will publish in our media the names of the people that
have
participated in this fault.

This document was prepared and carried out in the City of Havana, on the 11 day
of the month of September of 2004 and show faith the signatories.

1- Tomas Rodri guez Contreras ( Ocheleso )
2- Ruben Pineda Mariategui ( Babaegiobe)
3- Jose Manuel Pulido (Ireteunfa )
4- Angel C. Padron Cardenas (Babaegiobe)
5- Jose Cruz Diaz (Osa meji )
6- Norberto Diaz Ugarte ( Babaegiobe )
7- Julian Diaz Ugarte ( Okanarete )
8- Rogelio Diaz Ugarte ( Ojuanishobe )
9- Sergio Clerigo Mederos Soto ( Oturabara )
10-Antonio Sevilla ( Ofun meji )
11-Lucas L. Aberasturir Cabrera ( Obeyono )
12-Ignacio Gabriel Tartabur ( Obetua )
13-Mario Marino Angarica Diaz ( Ochelobe )
14-Lazaro Aldama Alfonso ( Ofunsa )
15-Francisco Escorcia Bringas ( Ogunda Bede )
16- Guido Felipe Cortés Tondique ( Obeidi )

PRIESTS ADVISORS OF THE GREATER COUNCIL

1- Adriano Omar Quevedo Zambrana ( Osaloforbeyo )
2- Carlos M. Gómez Argudà n ( Ocheleso)
3- José Fernando Campos Fernández ( Osaloforbeyo )
4- Luis Céspedes Madrazo ( Okanasa )
5- Nicolás Sánchez Cartaza ( Osaloforbeyo )
6- Aurelio Pablo Chacón ( Ikarete )
7- Raúl Miguel Boffill Quintero (Iretejuany)
8- José Angel Villalonga Vianez ( Osaguory )
9- José Antonio Leal Bernal ( Ofungando)
10- Ricardo Betancourt Ponce ( Iguoryobara)
11- Enrique Malpica Torriente ( Ogbetua)
12- Frank Cabrera ( Obeche )

Orunmila

Orunmila is an Irunmola and deity of destiny and prophecy. He is recognized as “ibi keji Olodumare” (second only to Olodumare (God)) and “eleri ipin” (witness to creation).

Orunmila is also referred to as Ifá (“ee-FAH”), the embodiment of knowledge and wisdom and the highest form of divination practice among the Yoruba people. In present-day Cuba, Orunmila is known as Orula, Orunla and Orumila.

Orunmila is not Ifa, but he is the one who leads the priesthood of Ifa and it was Orunmila who carried Ifa (the wisdom of Olodumare) to Earth. Priests of Ifa are called babalawo (the father of secrets)

Olodumare sent Orunmila to Earth with Oduduwa to complete the creation and organization of the world, to make it habitable for humans.

A woman will not be allowed to divine using the tools of IFA. Throughout Cuba and some of the other New world countries, Orula can be received by individuals regardless of gender. For men, the procedure is called to receive “Mano de Orula” and for women, it is called to receive “Kofa de Orula”. The same procedure exist in Yoruba land, with esentaye (birthing rites), Isefa (adolesants rites) and Itefa coming of age. Worshippers of the traditional religious philosophy of the Yoruba people all receive one hand of Ifa (called Isefa) regardless of which Orisa they may worship or be an Orisa Priest, it is that same Isefa that will direct all followers to the right path and their individual destines in life.

The title Iyanifa is in suspect since it is not used by either the Cuban or most of the West African practitioners of IFA.

Among West Africans, Orunmila is recognized as a primordial Irunmole that was present both at the beginning of Creation and then again amongst them as a prophet that taught an advanced form of spiritual knowledge and ethics, during visits to earth in physical form or through his disciples.