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The Coconut: The Sacred Fruit of the Yoruba Religion ≫ Its uses

Coco Yoruba Religion

The coconut is a peculiar fruit, it is born from the coconut tree, a plant that existed in America and that was taken to the Old World from the era of discoveries.

Its uniqueness stands out when observing its external appearance because it is covered with a hairy bark that has three holes that simulate a face with a little imagination.

El Coco was the first representation of Elegguá that existed

The characteristic of his appearance allowed him to be venerated in the Yoruba Pantheon as the first representation of Eleggua the Orisha who opens the roads.

The coconut is placed inside a fryer which is a small pot made with clay, it is placed behind the door of the house and there it is served with candies, sweets, tobacco, brandy and smoked fish, corn and jutía. 

Coconut water is used to overcome difficulties

The coconut is one of the few fruits that is used by man to one hundred percent.

Its shell is used to make handicrafts, it is used in the industry to make feed for animal consumption, while its dough forms a key piece in the gearing of the world of pastry.

This blessed fruit is the only one capable of being a natural source of drinking water. The precious liquid has medicinal and mystical properties.

En Osha's Rule (Santeria) this is considered a succulent offering for the Orishas, ​​in the same way it is used in purification baths, it is used for ritual cleaning in the house.

The santeros recommend this water to refresh the lerí (Head) being very beneficial because it is attributed the gift of calming the thoughts.

The Obbinus are the language of the saint

The Obbinus are four pieces of coconut that are cut in order to converse with the Saint, through their five letters which are obtained by throwing them on the mat, which differ from each other by the position in which they fall. coquitos either because of the white pulp or the peel.

The advice that the Orishas transmit to the devotees through these are very accurate, considered as a way to follow and respect with devotion.

The white pulp as offerings for the deities of the Osha

Coconut dough is the raw material required in confectionery to make many of the sweet offerings that the Saints like.

It is not considered a complete altar without the presence of the coconut candy, an exquisite dish that pleases all the Orishas equally.

The santeros and other religious usually prepare the dead during the ceremonies with small pieces of coconut, an offering that he receives with great pleasure.

The Fresh Fruit Basket

Religious from all over the world offer the Orishas fresh fruits in gratitude for the goods obtained, to win a battle, to pray for health and to perform ebbó (cleansing ritual) at their feet, to name a few examples.

Coconut is an essential fruit when making this basket, without the presence of it the basket is considered incomplete. It is recommended to place this offering in number of two.

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