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Corn, ancient spiritual ingredient

Corn spiritual meaning

The corn It has been a sacred element in religions since ancient times, possessing great spiritual significance, especially in Central American cultures.

This ancient food figured and held a meritorious place in the religious pantheon and in the cult of the main pre-Columbian cultures, since the Mayans worshiped a God of corn, who is always represented as a young man and sometimes with an ear of corn as an ornament of the head.

El corn god He was the patron of farming and is often represented in Mayan sculptures watering the earth with grains of corn.

Also the Aztecs had Cintéotl or Centéotl as god of corn and numerous goddesses of this element, of which Chicomecóatl was the most important of all, since she helped the farmers and took care of the crops.

Corn, therefore, has been considered since ancient times as one of the valuable elements that could be sacrificed to the gods.

The corn and its spiritual meaning in the Rule of Ocha

In the Rule of Ocha or Santeria, plants are considered as sources of life and representations of the supernatural powers of the Yoruba deities.

osain, is the wise orisha and great connoisseur of the secrets of plants, owner of terrestrial vegetation, he is the one who governs and protects them.

In addition, he possesses all the wisdom of the woods, herbs and flowers of the mountain, he is wise and possesses the Ashe of the sacred herbs of nature.

And among the most popular plants for religious ceremonies today is the corn, which began to be used in Cuba for offerings and rituals through the process of transculturation, as it was unknown to Africans when they arrived on the American continent.

For its important role as an offering of the best of the harvest, the corn It was incorporated as a vital element in Yoruba religious ceremonies and today it is an offering and ingredient of addimús for the Orishas.

Corn for the Yoruba Orishas

El corn It is the sacred plant that belongs to all the Orishas, ​​only that it is offered to them in different ways.

For example:

  • the roasted cobs are offered to Babalú Ayé
  • roasted beans to Eleggúa, Oggún and Oshosi
  • the cob in pieces, to Oshún and Yemayá
  • deceased is offered to Obatalá and the Ibeyis

The corn in religious cults it is also used for other purposes such as purifications, for the personal development of the devotee and as an essential ingredient of addimús (offerings) for the Orishas.

The cleaning before the Initiation or Settling also has among its components roasted corn while, in the initial prayer of the head, the roasted grain is used.

It is in general, corn, a plant, a food and an offering that holds great religious and spiritual significance in our religion.

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