The Secrets of Afro-Cuban Divination: How to Cast the Diloggún, the Oracle of the Orishas 3


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

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

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.

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  • "osun"
    23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    this is a book that makes you think a little . . . really, February 23, 2001
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    “osun” (new york) –

    This review is from: The Secrets of Afro-Cuban Divination: How to Cast the Diloggún, the Oracle of the Orishas (Paperback)
    for my health i got oshun on my head five years ago, and since my santo was for my health I never really learned anything about this religion. the ita confirmed that this was for my health, and i was to work mostly as an espiritista although I was told during my life I might have one or two godchildren in my life. Anyway, recently I was in a private newsgroup where people were discussing this book. They like it, but were upset that such a thing had been published. They said books on odu were not meant to be published because the material was so secret. This confused me because those same people that say the book should not be published also studied written material on odu, bad broken spanish texts that were published privately in cuba, or openly here in the states but are photocopied because they are no longer in print.
    anyway, i read this book myself. since there was a discussion going here about the book i thought that I would put my comments here too. This book is fantastic. I think what disturbs people about it is that it is the first published in english, and it is so good that it makes those other spanish things out there that are out of print look really awful. Plus those photocopies are controlled. You cannot buy them unless you can prove to the botanicas that you have ocha, or unless your godparent photocopies it for you. anyone who has ocha can buy this book or anyone who does not have ocha can still buy this book. that is why some people do not like it i think.

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  • ADE OLORUM
    15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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    MO’DUPE Ocha’ni Lele, November 17, 2000
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    ADE OLORUM (MIAMI, FL United States) –

    This review is from: The Secrets of Afro-Cuban Divination: How to Cast the Diloggún, the Oracle of the Orishas (Paperback)
    One of the reasons that Santeria attracts so many people, initiated or outsider, is divination. Suffice it to say, the “soul” of the Orishas continue to draw us to them. Unfortunately, the religion lacks competent Consultants. After twenty years I can safely assume that less than 20% of Santeros can consult with the Diloggun. This gives us less future Italeros and even less future Oriates. The reason for this is not ignorance, but lack of teachers and reading materials, especially in English, available to the community. The religion greatly needed a “step by step” Diloggun book in English to help those whom want or need to learn Diloggun Diviation. With this book “The Secrets of Afro-Cuban Divination,” our prayers have been answered. So read, enjoy, learn and become more educated in what is the the essence of Santeria.

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  • Anonymous
    13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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    The Secrets of Afro-Cuban Divination., April 7, 2003
    By A Customer
    This review is from: The Secrets of Afro-Cuban Divination: How to Cast the Diloggún, the Oracle of the Orishas (Paperback)
    I am going to say Ashe for the author for taking his/her time for sharing the knowledge. This is not a book after reading it, that you will be able to cast the shells automatically. But, it give’s a solid definition on the odu’s. What it is lacking are the pataki’s on the combination of the odu’s. For each combination there is a pataki that go along with it. I am not against the production of this book for many reasons. For one, I have seen too many people get ocha and the God parent or parent’s does not teach a darn thing. I have met iyalocha and babalocha who have six years ocha who can not even throw obi, never mind shells. I was fortunate enough to come from a teaching ocha house. But, alot of Ocha houses are not, and I repeat are not teaching houses. And will not take the time to show you what the odu’s mean never mind, throwing them. So, for those who are in that position it is a very good start to know what the odu’s mean. May I add this comment further to say the exploitation of the religion does not start with books like this. But, with the elder’s who do not take the time to nurture their godchildren, and leave them like shrimps in the ocean. So please people stop blaming the authors, and let’s look at the people who have the ocha houses…Thank You Sincerely Child of Oshun from New York City

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