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In the wake of Hurricane Irma’s passage through Cuba, we’re just now getting news of the devastation it has caused. The ferocity of this hurricane, combined with the amount of time it spent hovering over the island, made it the worst hurricane to hit Cuba in more than 100 years. Literally every province in Cuba felt the effect, with some of the central provinces seeing enormous damage. In addition to major flooding and high winds that destroyed buildings and private property, lives have been lost and many people were injured. Recovery has started, but Cubans are facing long power outages, shortages of food and water, empty shelves in the stores, and a scarcity of building materials for reconstruction.

Oloshas United is committed to our international Orisha community, and wants to reach out to help Olorishas in Cuba who experienced loss and damage to their homes and personal property as a result of Irma. Many of these people are in great need, and they don’t have insurance to cover the cost of replacing their homes and property. We’re particularly concerned about our religious brothers and sisters on the island, who are often among the most vulnerable members of society. Their lack of financial resources even in good times is heartbreaking to us who live in the developed world. In times of crisis, their living conditions deteriorate very rapidly. Let’s stretch out a hand to help them!

Our efforts to raise money for the Texas relief fund following Hurricane Harvey were very successful. We raised more than $4000 in a short amount of time, and were able to get money into the hands of those who most needed it right away.
No other humanitarian group focuses exclusively on OUR religious community. We need to look out for each other and help each other when disaster strikes.

While those afflicted by Irma in other areas of the Caribbean and the US have insurance to help them rebound, Cubans do not. Our donations will help those affected by Irma. Please make a tax-deductible donation today to OLOSHAS UNITED RELIEF FUND FOR CUBA by clicking on the link below. PayPal is the fastest and easiest way to donate money while ensuring your financial information and privacy as a donor are protected. Oloshas United is a 501c3 Non-Profit organization with legal recognition by the IRS. As such, we can legally send humanitarian relief to Cuba under section 515.575 of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations of the US Department of the Treasury. Your donation is legal, and much appreciated!





The following photos provide a heartbreaking look at the profound damage Hurricane Irma has inflicted on many families all over the island.

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Havaneros waddling through water, possibly filled with sewage and debris.

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Woman scavenging for food.

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Victims of Irma trying to rescue anything they can.

Oloshas United’s Texas Relief Fund Needs Our Help!

Good day!

While this weekend the rest of the country is celebrating this final reprieve before the onset of winter, there are those in Texas who are not spending it at the beach, by a pool, or preparing for a family bar-b-cue. Some of them are OUR people; Orisha devotees and followers of other African-based faiths.

OU has already received the support of many of you in our community and we appreciate the many donations from those who asked no questions other than “Where do we send our donations?” Thanks to you, we have already identified and assisted several families in distress. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Still, the job is far from done. Those who were affected by Harvey still need help. Other families have been identified, but the money we have collected can only go so far.

We need your help. Please donate to Oloshas United’s Texas Relief Fund.

Oloshas United is a 501c3 non-profit organization, duly registered with IRS. One hundred percent of the money you donate will go directly to the people in need, and your donations are tax deductible.





Kí Olorún n’agbé ó!

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Iniciación a la Religión Lukumí (en español), Versión de vídeo

Sólo para olorishas lukumíes iniciados
Comienza Octubre 1, 2016
Costo: $25.00 por clase. Esta suma debe ser pagada por adelantado mensualmente, al comienzo de cada mes.

Este seminario cubrirá detalladamente los rituales de la ceremonia de iniciación lukumí, desde los pasos que anteceden las ceremonias hasta el procedimiento ritual de la salida del iyawó a la plaza del mercado a los 7 días de la iniciación.

Se ofrecerá por vía electrónica, un vídeo por semana, hasta completar la serie.

Para registrarse, pulse aquí Registración.

Debe proveer su nombre, dirección, número(s) de teléfono y dirección(es) electrónica. Además, deberá incluir el nombre y la información de contacto de sus mayores religiosos o de 2 personas reconocidas en la comunidad que puedan verificar su estatus como iniciado. Sin esta confirmación no podrá participar del seminario. Luego de obtener la respuesta a su aplicación vía email, debe postear un depósito NO REEMBOLSABLE de $50.00 que podrá pagar con su tarjeta de crédito a través de PayPal. Este depósito será aplicado al costo del primer mes de clases y le asegurará su puesto. El balance sería pagadero, a más tardar, una semana antes del comienzo del seminario.

Para registrarse, pulse aquí Registración.

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A new cycle of Eleda.Org’s video ordination seminar, in English, begins in September 2017.

Cost: $25 a class, payable in advance, on a monthly basis


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Dilogún

Begins: July 10th, 2017
Time: Mondays, 7:30 to 9 pm, EST
Location: Miami, Eleda.Org’s office in Westchester
Cost: $20 per class (In-class participation) $25 per class (Webex)–payable in advance, on a monthly bas
Limit: 25 students

Eleda.Org announces a new approach to divination classes, an introductory course to the Lukumí Dilogún oracle.

Unlike our full seminar, this class will be open to all Lukumí olorishas so long as they can verify their ordination status. It will help to promote a greater understanding of the oracle’s procedures, significance, and interpretation, and lay important foundations, especially for the younger olorisha.

If you are interested in partaking of this seminar, register as soon as possible. You must provide a minimum of two verifiable references that will confirm your religious status/ordination and their contact information.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Once you application has been approved, we shall send an email requesting a NON-REFUNDABLE $50.00 deposit, which will be deducted from your first month’s dues. Please make sure that your email address is entered correctly in the registration form. The deposit must be paid by July 1st. The request for the balance of the first month’s payment will be sent to all the participants the week before the class begins.

The deposit is payable through Eleda.Org’s “Seminars & Payments” section. We cannot guarantee a seat without a deposit. DO NOT POST YOUR DEPOSIT UNTIL YOU HAVE RECEIVED AN EMAIL NOTIFYING THAT YOU HAVE BEEN APPROVED TO PARTICIPATE.

Don’t lose time. Register today.


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Seminario sobre la iniciación a la Religión Lukumí (en español),
Clase en Vivo, a celebrarse en Miami
Sólo para olorishas lukumíes iniciados

Comienza Abril 5, 2017
Miercoles, de 7:30 a 9:00 P.M.
Límite: 30 personas
Costo: $20.00 por clase, si la toma en vivo, o $25.00 participando en vivo a través de Webex. Esta suma debe ser pagada por adelantado mensualmente, al comienzo de cada mes.

1Este seminario cubrirá detalladamente los rituales de la iniciación lukumí, desde los pasos que anteceden las ceremonias hasta el procedimiento ritual de la salida del iyawó a la plaza del mercado a los 7 días de la iniciación.

Para registrase, pulse aquí Registración.

Llene la planilla que aparece en la página que abre. Provea su nombre, dirección, número(s) de teléfono y dirección(es) electrónica. Además, deberá incluir el nombre y la información de contacto de sus mayores religiosos o de 2 personas reconocidas en la comunidad que puedan verificar su estatus como iniciado. Sin esta confirmación no podrá participar del seminario.

Luego de obtener la respuesta a su aplicación, deberá someter un depósito no rembolsable de $50.00 que podrá pagar con su tarjeta de crédito a través de Paypal. Este depósito se le aplicará al pago del primer mes y le asegurará su puesto. El balance sería pagadero, a más tardar, una semana antes del comienzo del seminario.

Begins: September 2016
Cost: $25 a class, payable in advance, on a monthly basis

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Begins: March 2016
Cost: $25 a class, payable in advance, on a monthly basis

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Oloshas United T-shirts are now available. Quantities are limited, so don’t lose time. Order yours today!

We shall ship using USPS Priority Mail, which promises a quick delivery.

While delivery speed depends entirely on USPS, it may just be possible to have it by the weekend if you order quickly.

South Florida residents may arrange for local pick-up. If this is your option, we shall reimburse your shipping charges.

If they last, some T-shirts may be available at the door at the Miami events on December 12th and 13th. Keep in mind that prices at the door will be higher.

LONG SLEEVED T-SHIRTS ARE AVAILABLE BY SPECIAL ORDER ONLY. PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL TO OLOSHASUNITED@GMAIL.COM. WE SHALL BE TAKING SPECIAL ORDERS UNTIL THE 11TH OF DECEMBER.


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Miami, we need your help with the agbán and wemilere. Can you share with your community, even if it is a small amount? Every donation counts.

Miami, necesitamos tu ayuda para llevar a cabo el agbán y el wemilere. ¿Pudieras compartir con tu comunidad, aunque sea una cantidad mínima? Toda donación cuenta.


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

Lecture 7: Herbs and the Odu Obara
Date: Sunday, February 21, 2016
Time: 10 AM
Cost: $55 (in-class participation); $60 for Webex participation
We will be able to host twelve (12) participants via Webex. This possibility is reserved for those who live outside the South Florida area. All others must attend the session in person. Continue reading »

Dilogún

Date: September 8, 2015
Day and Time: Tuesdays, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Miami, Eleda.Org’s office in Westchester
Cost: $20 per class (In-class participation) $25 per class (Webex), 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 for the upcoming Dilogún course.

DO NOT REGISTER IF YOU HAVE NOT TAKEN ELEDA.ORG’S ORDINATION COURSE

If you are procrastinating with the completion of your projects for the Ordination Seminar, you need to hurry. The new class is about to begin. A new live class will not be available for another year or more.

Before registering, be aware that this is not a short-term course. There is no crash course on Dilogún. 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 or do not register.

On the registration, just provide name, email address, phone number, and home address. Since you already took the Ordination seminar, references are not necessary.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Eleda.Org and Oloshas United, Miami Join Efforts and Invite you to our First Pilgrimage to Cuba:

Africa in Cuba, 2016

March 2016

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Cabildo Terán, Jovellanos, Cuba

It is undeniable that Cuba, the largest of the Caribbean islands, is one of the region’s most culturally complex countries. The best of two continents came together–some freely, and others, lamentably, by force–and under its hot, tropical sun, molded a nation and a society that many deem among the most unique in the Caribbean. Cuban culture was born from seeds transported by Europeans, but planted by Africans. Her blood is mixed, like her people. Her heart beats to the rhythm of Spanish guitars and African drums; however, there is little doubt that no matter Europe’s might, Cuba’s soul and its vibrancy is Congo, Yoruba, Carabalí, Gangá, because Africa laid the seeds that sprouted in her soil. A national dish clearly illustrates Cuba’s heritage: moros y cristianos (Moors and Christians, blacks and whites)—black beans and white rice, skillfully cooked together so that each element permeates the other, while retaining its distinct identity.

Join us as we travel through Havana and Matanzas, two of Cuba’s most important centers of African Culture, where we shall reconnect with the island’s African past. Like a plate of moros y cristianos, this amazing journey will allow us to blend in and bond with the island’s captivating Africanity. Visit the Afro-Cuban cabildos or cult houses, many dating to the nineteenth century and feel the energy of its founders resonating within their walls. Experience the numerous African drumming traditions and their historical trajectories, allowing them to reverberate through your soul as they replicate millenary rhythms and respond to chants and prayers that alleviated the pain felt by those who sang them yearning to return home. Meet descendants of the Lukumí (Yoruba), Abakuá (Igbo, Kalabari), Congo, Arará (Ewé-Fon), and other African peoples whose ancestors arrived to the island’s shores in massive numbers, and refused to give up their humanity, identity, and sense of being, despite the acculturative attempts to eradicate a culture that refused to acquiesce. Join us as we embrace the soul of Africa in Cuba.

Our tour will include:

    Airfare: Miami-Havana-Miami
    Transfers to and from Havana’s José Martí International Airport, as well as all transfers to the rural towns and religious centers
    Lodging in Hostals (bed and breakfast) or hotels in Matanzas and Havana
    Some meals, including a welcome dinner at Matanzas El Chiquirrín restaurant
    Visits to cabildos in Matanzas, Jovellanos, and Perico, and interviews with their directors
    An evening drum festival where we shall listen to the beat of approximately ten African drumming traditions that are still active in Cuba
    Demonstrations of Afro-Cuban ritual dances and singing
    Visit to the San Severino Castle and Museum
    Visit to Bacunayagua and the stunning Yumurí Valley
    Visit to the Guamá forest reserve where many African maroons sought freedom from enslavement
    Visit to El Triunvirato Ingenio (sugar plantation), site of one of the island’s most significant slave insurrections
    Visits to Matanzas’ caves, mystical abode of the Arará fodún (vodún) Dairó Hueró (Aido Hwedo)
    Participation in an actual Orisha (Lukumí-Yoruba) drumming celebration in honor of Shangó, one of the most important orishas (deity) of the Yoruba pantheon in Africa as well as in the Americas
    Seaside ritual in Cuba’s renowned Varadero beach in honor of Yemojá
    Tour of the town of Regla, a small town in Havana that was pivotal to the survival of African religions
    Visit to the Museo de Regla
    Riverside tribute to Oshún at the Soroa waterfall in Pinar del Río
    Visit to the Valle de Viñales in Pinar del Río and a historical spiritual botanical garden where Cubans purchase medicinal plants to combat physical and spiritual maladies

Because travel to Cuba is still in the evolutionary stages, the total cost is still unknown. We approximate the cost at $2500.00, and will have a more definitive price by December, 2015.

Some of the proceeds from the tour hall go to assist with Oloshas United’s events.

If you are interested in joining us, please register as soon as possible.

To register, click here: Africa in Cuba Registration

The traveler must have a valid passport with an expiration date that is beyond the scheduled return date, December 5, 2015.

For further information and updates, please email us:

    Willie Ramos
    Raúl Piélago

You may also send us a private message on Facebook:
Willie Ramos​ or Raul Pielago.

For help with travel arrangements to Miami, we recommend Bridget Thomas​. Her experience and professionalism in the travel industry is unrivaled.

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  • “Diccionario Botánico de Nombres Vulgares Cubanos,” (2 volumes)
    By Juan Tomás Roig
    Habana, Editorial Cientifico-Tecnica, 2014.

    $45.99 plus $6.25 for Priority Mail shipping (International shipping rates will vary)

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Ten editions will be available for sale on June 9, 2015.

Don’t miss this opportunity to own one of the most complete publications on Cuban botany. The edition is almost out of print in Cuba.

Reserve your copies today with a $20.00 deposit!

Once the books become available, you will receive an email asking for full payment.

Orders will be accepted as they are received until all ten editions are sold. Don’t waste time. Reserve right now!

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Date: July 19 a Sep. 27, 2015—the group will meet every other Sunday
Dates: July 19, Aug. 2, 16, & 30; and Sep. 13 & 27.
Time: 1-4 PM
Location: Diaspora Cultural center, Miami, Florida
Limit: 25 people
Cost: $25 per class ($150.00), payable in advance
Language: Spanish & English (& a little Portuñol)

Eleda.org once again offers a beading workshop under the direction of Mannolie Disantos. Her work was showcased at the “At the Crossroads” exhibition in Miami.

This class will focus on embroidering a religious attribute for Orisha or Egún. Prior to the start of the workshop, Ms. Disantos will coordinate with the students to determine the beads and other necessary items for the projects.

Please register as soon as possible, as space is limited to 25 people.

Click here to register

After registering, you must place a $50.00 NON-REFUNDABLE deposit to assure your place in the workshop. Your registration will not be complete until the deposit is made.

Click Here to Post the Deposit

For further information, contact Ms. Disantos: Mannolie.creations@gmail.com.

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Eleda.org Presents Obá Willie Ramos, Ilarí Obá, PhD

Orí and the Lukumí Rogación de Cabeza (Head Rogation), a seminar for Lukumí olorishas and aleyos (non-initiated).

Saturday July 25, 2015
11:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bridgeport Mind and Body
735 West 35th Street
Chicago, IL 60616

Online: Oloshas: $75.00 Aleyos: $35.00
At’the’Door: Oloshas $80.00 Aleyos: $40.00

This important seminar addresses the great significance of our Orí (Erí; head) and the attention that devotees must give to this center of ashé that guides our life and molds our existence.

The class is divided into two sessions. Aleyos may participate in the first half of the class for the theoretical discussion of Orí. Thereafter, the session on the “rogación” and other rituals for the head will be available only to the olorisha.

If you are interested in partaking of this seminar, reserve as soon as possible. Seating is extremely limited. You MUST provide a minimum of two verifiable references that will confirm your religious status/ordination and their contact information.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Once you application has been approved, we shall send an email requesting a NON-REFUNDABLE $35.00 deposit. Please make sure that your email address is entered correctly. The deposit must be paid by July 8th. This deposit will be deducted from your final payment. The request for the balance will be sent to all the participants the week before the class begins.

The deposit is payable through Eleda.Org’s “Seminars & Payments” section. We cannot guarantee a seat without a deposit.

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Orí and the Lukumí Rogación de Cabeza (Head Rogation)

Eleda.org Presents Obá Willie Ramos, Ilarí Obá, PhD

Orí and the Lukumí Rogación de Cabeza (Head Rogation), a seminar for Lukumí olorishas and aleyos (non-initiated).

Saturday March 14, 2015
11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Oloshas: $70.00
Aleyos: $35.00

This important seminar addresses the great significance of our Orí (Erí; head) and the attention that devotees must give to this center of ashé that guides our life and molds our existence.

The class is divided into two sessions. Aleyos may participate in the first half of the class for the theoretical discussion of Orí. Thereafter, the session on the “rogación” and other rituals for the head will be available only to the olorisha.

If you are interested in partaking of this seminar, reserve as soon as possible. Seating is extremely limited. You MUST provide a minimum of two verifiable references that will confirm your religious status/ordination and their contact information.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Once you application has been approved, we shall send an email requesting a NON-REFUNDABLE $35.00 deposit. Please make sure that your email address is entered correctly. The deposit must be paid by March 5th. This deposit will be deducted from your final payment. The request for the balance will be sent to all the participants the week before the class begins.

The deposit is payable through Eleda.Org’s “Seminars & Payments” section. We cannot guarantee a seat without a deposit.

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 Seminars Announces its Upcoming Class:

REGISTRATION FOR THIS CLASS IS CLOSED

Palo: Theoretical and Practical Approaches

By Tata Nganga Oscar Guerrero

THIS CLASS IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE FOR ONLINE PARTICIPATION. YOU CAN STILL REGISTER FOR LIVE PARTICIPATION.

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An Introduction to Bantú Cosmology and the Rites of Palo, and the religion’s magical powers that heal the human body, mind, and soul.

An important and groundbreaking course on the most often misunderstood of the Afro-Cuban religions

Beginning: Thursday, October 2, 2014
Time: 7:30 – 9 PM
COST:
Live Class–>(S. Florida residents) $20 per class, payable in advance on a monthly basis
Online class–>(Non S. Florida residents only) $25 per class, payable in advance on a monthly basis
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Orí and the Lukumí Rogación de Cabeza (Head Rogation)

Eleda.org Presents Obá Willie Ramos, Ilarí Obá, PhD

Orí and the Lukumí Rogación de Cabeza (Head Rogation), a seminar for Lukumí olorishas and aleyos (non-initiated).

Saturday September 20, 2014
1-5 p.m.
Oloshas: $60.00
Aleyos: $30.00
Online participation (limited space): $70.00

This important seminar addresses the great significance of our Orí (Erí; head) and the attention that devotees must give to this center of ashé that guides our life and molds our existence.

The class is divided into two sessions. Aleyos may participate in the first half of the class for the theoretical discussion of Orí. Thereafter, the session on the “rogación” and other rituals for the head will be available only to the olorisha.

If you are interested in partaking of this seminar, reserve as soon as possible. You must provide a minimum of two verifiable references that will confirm your religious status/ordination and their contact information.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER (A GMAIL ADDRESS IS NECESSARY FOR THIS SEMINAR)

Once you application has been approved, we shall send an email requesting a NON-REFUNDABLE $30.00 deposit. Please make sure that your email address is entered correctly. The deposit must be paid by September 1st. This deposit will be deducted from your final payment. The request for the balance will be sent to all the participants the week before the class begins.

The deposit is payable through Eleda.Org’s “Seminars & Payments” section. We cannot guarantee a seat without a deposit.

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.


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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!

Kardec

Spiritualism and its Diffusion across the Spanish Caribbean
Guest Lecturer: Ysamur Flores-Peña, PhD.
Date: April 30th—May 28th, 2017
Time: 11 am to 1 pm, EST
Cost: $150.00
Limit: 25 students

This class will meet every Sunday for four consecutive weeks, beginning on April 30. There will be no class on May 14th due to the Mother’s Day holiday.

The class will meet for four sessions and will be offered via Webex. Participants must download and subscribe to the free version of Webex that is available online. It will be available to anyone who is interested in the topic: the class is NOT exclusively for olorishas.

This seminar will provide a profound understanding of Kardecian spiritualism and its diffusion throughout the Spanish Caribbean (Cuba, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico), and other areas of Latin America. In addition, the class will discuss the encounter between Kardecian spiritualism and the Indigenous and African religious traditions it found in the Caribbean, especially the Bantú-Congo practices that were present and very influential in all three islands.

Finally, the class will review the diffusion of these traditions to the United States, brought by immigrants from these islands, beginning as early as the nineteenth century. This more recent migration has introduced Americans from all walks of life, many of whom seek responses that Western religion has not provided. In the U.S., Caribbean spiritualism not only meets the practices of its sister islands, as continues interacting with the African religions that began flourishing there in the 1960s when Cuban immigrants introduced Congo and Lukumí (Yoruba) religion.

To register, please click the following link: REGISTER. Because this is an open class, there is no need to provide references.

After filling out the form, follow this link to Eleda.Org’s “Seminars & Payments.” Once there, look for the class and post a $50 NON-REFUNDABLE deposit. The balance must be paid NO LATER than April 23rd. You may also opt to pay in full.

The week before the class, you will receive an email with a Webex link that will take you to the class. Please, it is important that you familiarize yourself with Webex before the first class, as it is impossible for Dr. Flores or any of Eleda.Org’s staff to assist you when the class starts.


Oloshas United Central Florida

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The Oloshas United chapter in Central Florida will open 2017 with a Wemilere for Obatal’a to continue with our prayers for world peace and healing. Will you help with $16.08? Every donation counts.

El cápitulo de Oloshas United Central Florida abrirá el 2017 con un wemilere para Obatalá para continuar nuestra rogación por la paz y la sanación del mundo. ¿Pudiera ayudar donando $16.08? Toda donación ayuda.

Kí Olorún n’agbé ó!





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Eledá.Org Seminars

Ewé Osayín—Osayín, his gifts, and our relationship with them

Lecture 8: Herbs and the Odu Ogundá
Date: Sunday, November 27, 2016
Time: 10 AM to approximately 2 PM
Cost: $50 (in-class participation); $55 for Webex participants

This series will help the serious olorisha to establish well-founded theoretical and practical perspectives and knowledge about herbs and their usage in Lukumí Orisha Worship.

This lecture will discuss the proscriptions and prescriptions related with the Odu Ogundá and several of the Odu’s defense mechanisms through the use of herbs and ebó ewé ní l’ara—ritual or purificatory baths. Though the class will be vital for all participants interested in founding solid foundations about herbs and odu, this class will be of special interest to those olorishas who have Ogundá as their guiding odu. Don’t miss it.

Space is limited so act quickly, but please do not reserve if you are not serious about taking the class.

All those interested in participating must send register by clicking the registration link and filling out the form. You must provide your full birth and osha names, date and place of initiation, 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.

REGISTER NOW

Once your information is verified, you will be asked to pay an initial $25.00, NON-REFUNDABLE deposit using PayPal. The balance must be paid before November 10, 2016. Failure to do so could cost you your seat in the class and the loss of your deposit.

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