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Importance of the Pylon within the Rule of Osha ≫ Ceremonial object

Santeria pylon

El Pilón is the throne of the saint where the enshrined king sits in the Osha, this ceremonial element remains next to the iyawo inside his throne the seven regulatory days for the saint to settle.

Shango He is the only Orisha who lives on a pylon, from this solid base the deity reigns in the saint's room. This ceremonial seat confers on the Orisha the virtue of enhancing her powers.

Shango pylon
Batea and Shango Pylon- Photo by

What material is the Pilón made of?

Wooden pylon

It is made of wood, its design can vary in shape and size, but almost always maintains the structure of a glass, a figure with which it was traditionally born.

The Pilon It receives consecrations in the rule of Ifá and Santeria, which are linked to secret ceremonies that should not be revealed, because if we do so, we would incur faults in the Yoruba religion.

The wood that is used to make the pylon must always come from a strong trunk and that it is in perfect condition, since its later energy and spiritual strength will be derived from there.

What does the Pilón represent for the Yoruba religious people?

The Pylon is an object of force which symbolizes creation, the first African slaves who were brought to Cuba carried out, among so many tasks, the coffee grinding in pylons, tools in which they had to use brute force, energy that little by little was entering the interior of the pylons .

It is not strange to think that the power of this ritual object comes from within, the same place where it receives consecrations.

The pylon can be lined with colored cloth, usually the religious man covers it with the cloth that represents the color of his guardian angel.

Respect is due to the Pilón as this is an ancient ritual object.

The iyawó necklaces are deposited on the Pylon, as this element of foundation within the saint's room.

Once the santero has passed the Iyaworaje, it is not advisable for him to sit on the pylon as this could delay his life, this action is considered by Kawó Silé as an act of disrespect as the pylon is his born throne.

Respect is due to this ceremonial object, no object should be placed on it, it is the santero's duty to protect the pylon from any event that could dañarlo, it is recommended that he lives protected inside the saint's room, a place where he will not be in danger.

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