Resources, a different way of learning

Those who live in communities that do not practise Lucumi or other branches of the Orisha tradition often find that they are drawn to researching the tradition. This may be through books or online resources. It has to be said that on the net, there is a lot of rubbish and we know that things spread quickly on the world wide web.  There  are also resources worth looking at. Of course reading and researching has little to do with practise, but if your exposure is minimal then it may be a good place to start: Here are some of my top websites ( aside from mine ofcourse!) and books and other resources: First of all, I would say, please stay clear of any books that prescribe spells. This tradition is based on Divination. You cannot self prescribe. Also I would not buy books explaining how to divine. If you are not initiated, there really is no need, and you will have no use for this.

 

INTRODUCTORY BOOKS:

Santeria: Correcting the Myths and Uncovering the Realities of a Growing Religion: Mary Ann Clark  REALLY RECOMMENDED AS A FIRST BOOK

Santeria: African Spirits in America Joseph M. Murphy

Lukumi: Santeria’s Beliefs, Principles, and Direction in the Twenty-first Century. Christian Lopez

 

 

BIOGRAPHICAL ACCOUNTS:

Divine Utterances: The Performance of Afro-Cuban Santeria by Katherine J. Hagedorn  THIS BOOK IS ESSENTIAL READING FOR ANYONE WHO PERFORMS OR STUDIES ORISHA TRADITION WITHOUT NECESSARILY BEING AN INITIATE.

The Accidental Santera: A Novel  by Irete Lazo

The Altar of My Soul: The Living Traditions of Santeria Paperback – 1 Feb 2002

by Marta Moreno Vega

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Interesting Research looking at people’s experiences during their year in white

RELIGIOUS CONCEPTS: ( more idea of the spiritual nature of the religion)

 The Handbook of Yoruba Religious Concepts– Ifa Karade

 Finding Soul on the Path of Orisa: A West African Spiritual Tradition by Tobe Melora Correal

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Black-Gods-Orisa-Studies By John Mason. Difficult to find but well worth it.

 

About Divination

These two books come with a little word of warning: I know priests that have read both and find them difficult to understand and to apply but this is classic literature:

 Sixteen Cowries: Yoruba Divination from Africa to the New World William Bascom

Ifa Divination: Communication Between Gods and Men in West Africa (Midland Book)  W. Bascom

PATAKI ( LEGENDS OF ORISHA)

 Afro-Cuban Myths: Yemaya and Other Orishas

Romulo Lachatanere

A Treasury of Afro-American Folklore: The Oral Literature, Traditions, Recollections, Legends, Tales, Songs, Religious Beliefs, Customs, Sayings and Humor of Peoples of African American Descent in the Americas by Harold Courlander

Osun Across the Waters :  A Yoruba Goddess  Joseph M Murphy

 Websites:

http://www.eleda.org

http://www.aboutsanteria.com

http://www.wemba-music.org/orisha.htm   ( also look at the FAQS page and info for newcomers

Fellow Oshun Child, Luisah Teish

More Books:

 Lazaro Pedroso

Eleda’s Bookshop

Articles and Facebook Pages:

Alafia’s Page

An interesting article looking at the differences between Lucumi and West African Orisha Worship

Nathan Lugo’s Blog

The above articles are useful if you are having doubts as to which tradition suits you. Which ever you choose, however it is important to stick to and follow the guide of your chosen elders.

FILMS: 

When The Spirits Dance Mamboimgres

Black Roots of Salsa

“They Are We”

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From the film ” They Are We” 

There are plenty more resources, however I believe this to be a good start.

 

Feature Drawing by Céline Siani Djiakoua

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