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Why is a bunch of bananas hung in Santo's room?

Bananas in the holy room

The banana tree is cunning, it knows how to find the balance between the gusts of wind so as not to bow before the storm.

It is considered a sacred plant for Osha practitioners, since many secrets of the Orishas and other supernatural deities are kept inside its trunk.

Among this herbaceous family, the Indian banana stands out, which has a superior hierarchy, it is blessed because its vital energy is closely related to the aboriginal spirits that habitaThey banned Cuba before and during the process of conquest and colonization.

What is this fruit used for in the Yoruba Religion?

The banana has been used by man throughout the ages, this fruit has enjoyed great acceptance in the food industry sector, being the base of many dishes.

In the same way it has been used for religious purposes, the banana can be found as part of an offering to the Orishas, being the central object of numerous rituals and ceremonies.

Through this they work Aggayu Solá, Oyá yansa y Kawó Silé Shango, three foundation deities within the Yoruba Pantheon.

The meaning of the bunch of bananas at the entrance to the Saint's room

The banana is the quintessential fruit of Shango, this fruit represents it in the Osha.

This fruit symbolizes unity and refers to the importance of teamwork, since a single fruit does not make a cluster in the same way that a single person cannot face the vicissitudes alone.

This representation is placed at the entrance of the Osha room so that the Orisha's blessing reaches the Santeria initiate and the other religious who participate in the ceremony.

It is so important that without it the preparation of the enclosure where the guardian angel is to be crowned is considered incomplete, constituting a key piece so that it can settle on the lerí (head) of the iyawo (started) the same.

One of the ceremonies of the saint that goes unnoticed by many is the consumption of this cluster as it matures, the fruits are given to the iyawó at meals and are offered to the religious who arrive at the house where the ceremony takes place. holy, it is a charitable ritual because through this the iré from Kawó Silé is shared among the religious brothers. 

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