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The Igbos and the signs of the Dilogún in the Yoruba Religion


Igbos They are sacred objects that are used to obtain answers within the Oracle of Osha, through which the paths and advice marked by the Orishas are indicated for those consulted, that is, a path of prosperity or, on the contrary, failure is indicated.

They are used to remove Iré or Osogbo, and in this way mark the solutions for the religious to maintain balance and well-being or take the right path.

Some of the Igbo most used in Santeria are:

  • Cascarilla (Efun),
  • Small stone (Otá),
  • A medium sea snail (Ayé)
  • 2 Osha snails that are tied (Owó),
  • Small bone after the sacrifice of the animal (Egungún)
  • Piece of earthenware (Apadí)
  • Doll Head (Ori A Woran)
  • Seed (Osán)

Regarding the igbos and their use in the oracle, there are some religious rules that must be respected, for example, the hands of snails of Eleggua which are 21 hands, only 16 of them are pulled by the Oriaté.

The santero only performs the interpretation until the 12th, then it corresponds to the Babalawo through the great oracle of Ifá, orunmila.

The order of the Oddun of the Dilogún are the following:

The Santeria Igbos
  1. okana
  2. eyioko
  3. ogunda
  4. irosun
  5. oshe
  6. obara
  7. Odi
  8. eyeunle
  9. Osa
  10. Ofun
  11. ojuani
  12. Eyila
  13. Put it in
  14. merinla
  15. Marunla
  16. Merindilogun

It depends on what the Diloggún says, the Oriate will know how to give advice to the consulted person.

The Oddun of the Diloggún They represent the oracular characters, hence the different Yoruba sayings and patakíes that we know and hear as ancestral stories of the orishas and Yoruba deities. Therefore, in each Oddun (sign) different Orishas speak.

The Oriate must have a lot of knowledge and responsibility, he must always study and learn because the life, well-being and spiritual growth of that person who is consulted depends on him.

Then comparing proverbs and patakíes, and reading the rolls, you will know what to say and advise the person consulted according to the mandate of the deities.

In these consultations there are practices, cults and procedures that are religious secrets and therefore it is important to safeguard and protect them.

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