Attention to the spirits of the deceased is one of the main elements of the Afro-Cuban religion.
The worship and devotion to the ancestors helps us to establish balance and well-being on the earthly plane. They are asked for their support in maintaining a peaceful and secure existence.
Attention to egguns or spirits of the dead, emerged as a syncretic element in colonial times, resulting from the spiritist masses of the time.
Thus, one of the consecration elements of the Afro-Cuban religion is the Eggun tile.
What is La Teja de Eggún like?
This object possessing great spiritual mysteries, is itself a clay tile with sacred signs of Ifá prepared by a Babalawo, from which the Egguns (dead, ancestors and ancestors) are invoked.
The tile must always carry at its side a Pagugú, a staff that symbolizes Egguns and is loaded inside, with which messages are sent to the dead.
The corner dedicated to Egguns is sacred, therefore, not any space can be dedicated to it, the tile must be placed outside the house, only when the person does not have a suitable place to place it could it be placed inside it, for example, under a sink.
The corner of the dead: significance and powers
Eggun's Tile, also known as the “The corner of the dead” is a receptacle of power where the energies of the ancestors converge.
She allows to give attention to the deceased and to maintain adequate communication with them through attention, prayers, offerings and sacrifices.
This element will promote a link between the earthly and the spiritual plane to maintain harmony and that the Egguns provide their help in difficult life situations.
At the Eggun tile Every practitioner of the Yoruba religion worships their ancestors and venerates them in a systematic and permanent way.
Eggun tile, first care for the deceased
So strong is the role of care for the deceased in the Rule of Ocha, that the eggun tile It is the most important element of consecration for all Yoruba.
Within the religion we have a saying that says: "Iku Lobi Osha" or "The Dead stop the Saint", which implies that there is first attention to the dead and then to the Orishas.