Eleda.org and Awo Osún Present

    On the Orishas’ Roads and Pathways: Oshún, Deity of Femininity

    Book signing event featuring the book’s author

    Obá Willie Ramos, Ilarí Obá, PhD

    Brooklyn, New York
    Thursday August 14, 2014
    5:30 — 8:30 PM

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    Join us for a reading of the book, followed by a discussion and Q&A session with the author and other guests about the significance of Oshún in the Yoruba/Lukumí Diaspora. Do not miss this event.

    Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration
    Skylight Gallery
    1368 Fulton Street
    Brooklyn, NY 11216

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Eleda.org & Aya, Inc. Present

Obá Willie Ramos, Ilarí Obá, PhD
Orí and the Lukumí Rogación de Cabeza (Head Rogation)
A seminar for Lukumí olorishas and aleyos (non-initiated)
Sunday August 24, 2014
• Session 1: 10 am to 12 pm—Orí and its significance (Oloshas & Aleyos)
• 12 to 1 pm: Lunch break
• Session 2: 1 pm to 3 pm—Orí and Lukumí propitiation of the head (Oloshas only)

Location:
Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building Plaza
163 West 125th St. (Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd)
Manhattan, New York 10027
(Note that identification is required to enter the Harlem State Office building)

Oloshas: $60.00
Aleyos: $30.00
10% discount for AYA members

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER (NO GMAIL ADDRESS NECESSARY FOR THIS SEMINAR)

Eleda.Org Publications Announces the Release of its New Book

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On the Orishas’ Roads and Pathways: Oshún Deity of Femininity
By Obá Miguel W. Ramos, Ilarí Obá

NOW AVAILABLE!

Possibly one of the most complex deities of the Yoruba-Lukumí pantheon, Oshún is the epitome of beauty, motherhood, and femininity. No other orisha combines as many human and divine qualities as Oshún, the deity who teaches humankind how to live and love and enjoy life to its fullest. This book explores the roles and significance of Oshún.

On the Orishas’ Roads and Pathways promises to be an insightful and extensive examination of Oshún, her presence in the Diaspora, and her position in the pantheon. Devotees and scholars will find great value in the narrative, the historical discussion, and the analysis of Oshún from both the philosophical and academic perspective. Olorishas will appreciate the information that the author shares about Oshún’s roads or avatars. Undoubtedly, this book will be of great importance to both the Orisha community and the scholarship on Orisha religion.

Because the author is both a renowned priest and a scholar, his approach builds on decades of religious devotion and experience, as well as the rigors of academic training, and an extensive degree of participant observation and archival research in the United States, Cuba, and Brazil. Most certainly, On the Orishas’ Roads and Pathways—Oshún Deity of Femininity will be a valuable study that will benefit many.

Initially, the book will be sold exclusively through Eleda.Org.

To place your order, CLICK HERE

Eleda.org and Africa International House present

Obá Willie Ramos, Ilarí Obá, PhD

Etutu and Honras–Death and Lukumí Funerary Rites, an important seminar for Ordained Lukumí Olorishas

If you are an olorisha, you cannot afford to miss this seminar!

Saturday – Sept. 6, 2014
Etutu – 9:00am – 12:30pm
Lunch – 12:30 – 1:00 – Bring your own
Honras – 1:00pm – 4:30pm

Cost – $75.00 per person

Harris YMCA
6200 South Drexel Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Space is limited so register quickly.

To register you must fill out Eleda.Org’s Workshop Enrollment Form. Your priestly status must be verified or you will not be allowed to participate. Once verified, you will receive an email notifying you of your acceptance and a Paypal invoice requesting a $40.00 NON-REFUNDABLE deposit. The balance must be paid by August 30th. Failure to do so may cause you to lose your reservation.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER (NO GMAIL ADDRESS NECESSARY FOR THIS SEMINAR)

Mojuba bogbo egún tí araorún mbelese Olodumare.

Mojuba bogbo egún tí araorún mbelese Olodumare.


NO SE LO PIERDA!

Curamaguey
Price: $24.99
S&H: $6.25





Curamagüey: Enclave Lucumí en Matanzas
Por Jorge Renier Brito Santana y editado por Miguel W. Ramos
ISBN: 978-1-877845-14-7
$24.99 ($6.25 S&H)

Desde la década del 1960 han aparecido más libros e investigaciones académicas sobre esta religión en la diáspora lucumí-cubana que en la misma Cuba. La gran mayoría de las publicaciones escritas por olorishas lucumíes están relacionadas con la práctica y los oráculos. Con algunas excepciones, los libros que más abundan tienen poco que ver con la trayectoria histórica de la religión lucumí. Además, la vasta mayoría de estas obras, y especialmente las que tratan sobre la religión lucumí, se enfocan en las tradiciones habaneras, ignorando en su mayor parte las otras regiones de la isla donde existen diferencias en cuanto a estructura, forma y práctica. Es importante enfatizar que en Cuba existen varias tradiciones religiosas lucumíes y no sólo aquella que se practica en La Habana.

Menor aún son las crónicas que abren pequeñas ventanas que trascienden las limitaciones del tiempo y permiten conocer algo más allá de anécdotas sobre lo cotidiano y lo vulgar asociado con las vidas de esas personas que echaron los cimientos de esta religión en Cuba. Estos ancestros tan reverenciados por los oloshas, debido a la relación genealógica-religiosa que comparten, también contribuyeron al desarrollo de esta religión de varias otras formas, muchas de ellas olvidadas o ignoradas por sus descendientes. Estar al tanto de estas valiosas aportaciones y la tenacidad de estos seres humanos; conocer su humanidad y la forma en la cual esta influenció las decisiones que ellas y ellos tomaron para defender su cultura y religión; para conservar su identidad, debe pasar a ser una de las prioridades de los olorishas que hoy hacen un aporte a la literatura lucumí.

La presente obra contribuye a este todavía limitado cuerpo intelectual. Jorge Renier Brito Santana, Babá Efún, y ahora Awó Orúnmilá Babá Ejiogbé, nos conduce en un mágico recorrido por el mundo del Curamagüey; nos deja ver las tradiciones de un pueblo matancero y un enclave étnico-religioso que fue establecido por esclavos africanos, en su mayor parte lucumíes, a finales del siglo XIX. Producto de historia oral, esta obra recuenta el origen de un linaje lucumí matancero. A la vez, nos presenta la oportunidad de conocer más a fondo a personajes históricos que a través de la memoria colectiva de un pueblo y las páginas de este libro recuperan vida, permitiéndonos alcanzar más allá de los meros recuentos de las prácticas que diferencian a este enclave matancero de las tradiciones habaneras y de otras áreas de la isla.

La obra de Babá Efún es un estupendo regreso y recuento a través del tiempo, la cual parte de la introducción a un grupo de señoras; a las “potencias” lucumíes, para luego presentarnos un bello y nostálgico trazo de la dispersión de la religión que ellas hicieron posible.


Available now/Disponible ya

For ordained Olorishas only (proof or ordination is required)

Sunday, August 5th, 2012
1:00 – 5:00 pm
Open to classroom and Skype participation
Cost: $50.00 ($55.00 for Skype participation)
Reservations are required. Once confirmed, a $25.00 deposit will also be necessary to reserve your seat.
Limits: 25 students in class & 9 via Skype Continue reading »

Eleda.org joins Cuban babalawo Lazaro Cuesta and the Church of the Lukumí Babaluayé in the condemnation of the upcoming papal visit to Cuba. As recently occurred in West Africa, and now for the second time in Cuba, once again, followers of African religions are being dismissed and ignored by the Vatican, contending that the Afro-Cuban priesthood is basically a community of Catholics that have gone astray!

““La línea oficial del Cardenal (Jaime Ortega) y creo que de la Iglesia en general, fue que las personas que practican la santería son católicos, solo otra forma quizá desviada, pero no absolutamente herética o cismática’, comentó Tom Quigley, un antiguo asesor de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos.” Continue reading »

Disponible Diciembre 1, 2011
Eleda.Org Publications anuncia el lanzamiento de una nueva obra:
“Orí Eledá mí ó…
Si mi cabeza no me vende”
Por Obá Oriaté Miguel W. Ramos, Ilarí Obá $27.99 + tax
Asegure ya su ejemplar
Estudio que analiza la filosofía, el conocimiento, ceremonias y otros detalles rituales asociados con Orí/Elerí (la cabeza)
entre las tradiciones yorubas, la Regla de Osha Lukumí de Cuba y el Candomblé Nagó del Brasil. El libro explora territorios nunca antes estudiado por expertos en el tema de estas religiones y ofrece información y conocimientos religiosos que serán de gran beneficio a las comunidades religiosas de las tres tradiciones.

Si desea reservar su ejemplar, “cliquee” el enlace siguiente y visite la página de Internet de Eleda.org.

¡Este libro será de sumo interés a todo olorisha!

Date: June 1, 2014
Cost: $25 per class, payable in advance, on a monthly basis

For those of you that have already COMPLETED Eleda.Org’s ordination course and have complied with all the requirements, you may register the Video Dilogún class.

If you have not done completed your projects, hurry. The new class is planned to commence in June. Some are already registered.

Before registering, be aware that this is not a short course. Contrary to the thinking of some olorishas, Dilogún is a complex oracle and learning it is not a simple process. Be ready to commit for the long run.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

THIS CLASS IS NOW CLOSED. WE HAVE REACHED MAXIMUM CAPACITY.

Eleda.org and Aya, Inc., present Obá Willie Ramos, Ilarí Obá, PhD

Etutu and Honras–Death and Lukumí Funerary Rites (for Ordained Lukumí Olorishas)

Do not miss this important seminar!

Sunday – April 27, 2014
Etutu – 9:00am – 12:30pm
Lunch – 12:30 – 2:00 – not included
Honras – 2:00pm – 5:30pm

Cost – $75.00 per person

Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building Plaza
163 West 125th St. (Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd)
Manhattan, New York 10027
(Identification is required to enter the Harlem State Office building)

Space is limited so register quickly.

To register you must fill out Eleda.Org’s Workshop Enrollment Form. Your priestly status must be verified or you will not be allowed to participate. Once verified, a non-refundable $40.00 deposit will be required. The balance must be paid by April 15th. Failure to do so may cause you to lose your reservation.

Aya members will receive a 10% discount. We will invoice you separately upon confirmation of your status and membership.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER (NO GMAIL ADDRESS NECESSARY FOR THIS SEMINAR)

Mojuba bogbo egún tí araorún mbelese Olodumare.

Mojuba bogbo egún tí araorún mbelese Olodumare.

by Obá Oriaté Willie Ramos, Ilarí Obá
Begins: June, 2014 (beginning the first Sunday in June)
Cost: $25 a class, payable in advance, on a monthly basis

This seminar, open to all duly ordained Lukumí olorishas, is indispensable. The growing degree of almost total unfamiliarity exhibited by olorishas during our religious ceremonies is disturbing, given the significant growth Lukumí religion has experienced in the past 50 years. The number of myths and legends that have originated because of this ignorance is even more disturbing. This course will provide the necessary foundations for the olorisha by explaining not only the ritual processes, but also the significance and historical basis for these. It is an essential class for all serious olorishas.

The seminar will provide a theoretical understanding of all aspects of the Lukumí ordination ceremony, including the preparatory stages and the procedures followed throughout the various rituals. Although many of the elements that shall be discussed throughout the duration of the seminar are intrinsically linked with the role and functions of the Obá Oriaté, this course will not qualify anyone as an Obá Oriaté.

The classes will run for approximately 6 months, though the length may vary according to the group and its level of commitment. Though this is not a Dilogún seminar, we will cover aspects related with the oracle, and especially the ebó. Participants are expected to learn the ebó in its entirety.

Space is limited so act quickly, but please do not reserve a space if you are not serious about taking the course. Click here to access our registration form: Register. If the link does not work, copy and paste this address to your browser’s search bar: https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?hl=en&formkey=dFZ0YlNpNnRaWVNDcHpUNENtZEY4akE6MA.

You must provide your full birth and osha names, date and place of initiation, names of godparents, plus the name and contact information for TWO olorishas that can verify your status as an olorisha. References are a MUST. Without this verification, you CANNOT participate.

Once your information is verified, and the definite start date is determined, you will be required to pay an initial $50.00, NON-REFUNDABLE deposit through Eleda.Org, using Paypal. Once the deposit is made, we will send you the course description and forms that you will need to sign and return to us along with the balance for the first month’s classes.

To participate, all participants MUST have a gmail address. Sign up for one asap—it is free of charge—if you don’t already have one, because the system we use for the seminar will not work with other email servers.

Eledá.Org continues its monthly lecture series: Ewé Osayín—Osayín, his gifts, and our relationship with them

Lecture 6: Herbs and the Odu Owani (Ojuani, Owonrin)
Date: Sunday, February 23, 2014
Time: 1 PM
Cost: $50 (in-class participation); $55 for Google+ participants
We will be able to host nine (9) participants via Google+. All others must attend the session in person. Continue reading »

Sólo para olorishas lukumíes iniciados

Comienza Noviembre 5, 2013
Martes, de 7:30 a 9:30 P.M.
Límite: 30 personas
Costo: $20.00 por clase, si la toma en vivo o $22.50 si participa por Skype. Esta suma debe ser pagada por adelantado mensualmente, al comienzo de cada mes. Continue reading »

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