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

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

The Chicago Firefly
". . . a complete resource and guide for anyone wishing to learn how to cast the Diloggun."
Eoghan Ballard
"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."
Steve Young
"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."
Mike Gleason
". . . 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."
University of Pennsylvania Eoghan Ballard
"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."
February 2002 The Chicago Firefly
". . . a complete resource and guide for anyone wishing to learn how to cast the Diloggun."
From the Publisher
"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."

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

". . . 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."

"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."

Chicago Firefly
. . . a complete resource and guide for anyone wishing to learn how to cast the Diloggun.
Library Journal
Since the 1993 Supreme Court decision that vindicated their right to practice animal sacrifice, practitioners of Santer a--or Lucum , an Afro-Cuban religion based on ancient Yoruban practices--have come out into the open. 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). Joseph Murphy's Santer a: An African Religion in America (1988) and Luis Manuel N ez's Santer a: A Practical Guide to Afro-Caribbean Magic (Spring Publns., 1995) provide the necessary introduction to the traditions covered here. Lele gives traditional readings for each casting of the cowrie shells used for divination. He lists the associated proverbs, the spirits that speak, and the message, prohibitions, and subreadings for each configuration of the shells. Missing are the traditional stories associated with the various oracle readings: these are promised in a future volume. A glossary and appendixes giving examples of readings enhance the book's usefulness for practitioners, scholars, and the curious alike. Recommended for academic and public libraries.--Steve Young, Montclair State Univ., NJ Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
From The Critics
Secrets Of Afro-Cuban Divination focuses on how to cast the Diloggun, the oracle of the Orishas which is more than an African oracle, but a spiritual process blending ritual with insight. Secrets Of Afro-Cuban Divination is the first to provide complete details on how to cast and read the Diloggun, from opening and closing the oracle to an analysis of the prayers associated with the process. A 'must' for any student of Afro-Cuban spirituality
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892818105
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 424
  • Sales rank: 586,675
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

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.
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Table of Contents

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
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2000

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

    I managed to get an early copy of this book, and once it arrived, I devoured it in just one sitting. For ten years I have practiced this religion, and in the eight hours it took me to read this book, I learned more about odu diloggun in that period that in all my years of attending readings, having readings, and listening in on ita. There is no other book out there to compare to this. I have seen the author's web site. He promises more books to come, with one on Obi divination due out next year. The rumor mill says that he has a total of twenty more books planned, outlined, and rough drafted on the odu diloggun. Ochani Lele -- hurry up! Write faster! We need more good books out there like this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2000

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

    I am not initiated. But I read this book anyway. It is fantastic, and gives a lot of information. My mother is santera in Miami, and I am getting santos soon when I graduate high school this year. I see Ochani web page on the internet, and he is a good writer. I like this book very much.

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    Posted October 12, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    Most excellent

    Perfect for active study and working Iyaloshas ati Babaloshas in the culture.

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