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Do you know the Taboos for Women in the Rule of Santeria?

Women in Santeria

Women within the Rule of Osha play a main role, these are born bearers of great Ashé because in their bodies the miracle of creating life is performed, for which they are beings blessed by Olodumare.

Religious prohibitions for women in the Osha-Ifá Rule:

Women in Santeria

There is a group of prohibitions that are aimed at the religious related to the Osha-Ifá ceremonies, which must be complied with to the letter as a sign of respect for the Orishas and the Yoruba religion.

Do not perform religious work during the menstrual period

Women during their menstrual period should not work religion, it is believed that in these circumstances it is better for them to rest, so they should not manipulate the saints or the ceremonial representations of their spirits.

Respect for the Santorales necklaces

Women should wear Osha necklaces on the outside of the blouse while men wear them on the inside.

This taboo arose as a result of respecting the elekes as an extension of the saint himself, although this rule is not applied in all the religious houses of Cuba.

In the same way, it is necessary for women or men to wear the ildé and necklaces when having intimacy with their partners, as this is considered a lack of respect towards the Orishas.

Dress correctly in front of the Saints

When working the Osha women must wear attire according to the occasion, always respecting religion.

Avoiding short skirts, excessive necklines and translucent clothing that shows inappropriate parts of the body, as this way of dressing is considered incorrect for the performance of holy ceremonies.

Santeras must always participate in all ceremonies, wearing a skirt, apron and keel, as these are garments in accordance with religious norms.

  • The saya represents femininity and is the symbol that identifies women over men.
  • With the apron they catch the iré and represent home.
  • While keel protects your lerí (head) from osogbos and gives you peace of mind by keeping them centered.

Generally, the santeras are observed protecting their ears inside the scarf, a gesture with which they honor Obba, a deity that directly represents the woman and the sacrifices that are made for love.

Avoid disrespecting deities

It is timely to make the clarification that the santeras should not undress in the presence of the Orishas, ​​this action is considered taboo so its execution should be avoided at all costs. 

In the same way, it is valid to clarify that cutting the hair without the prior consent of the guardian angel is considered taboo, since it is often the fate of women and the realization of body tattoos in some Cuban holy houses.

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