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What is an Ebbó? Types and Meanings of this Sacred Astral Cleansing

what is an ebbó

In the ceremonies, offerings or rituals called Ebbó All kinds of sacrifices are included, from the simplest to the most important.

Offerings of fruits and sweets, baths with herbs and flowers, prayers and requests are made, including cleansing and purification of negative energies from the body.

These ceremonies are done in order to fill in some times and others to refresh, it is focused on doing our own good through our deities, who save us and clean our ways and we must always trust their decision and their wisdom.

We do Ebó so that our health improves both physically and spiritually, also for development, tranquility, justice problems, that is, we always seek with faith the help of our Orishas.

Then: How do we definel Ebbo?

The Ebbó is a ceremony that is performed to change the astrality or energy of a person from the negative to the positive, it can be an offering, sacrifice or purification.

It is a sacred cleansing marked by the orishas.

It is essential to know that it is also done as thanks, to give thanks for favors granted or because you want to please your Orisha.

Types of Ebbó and their characteristics When are they made?

They can be of many types, they are mainly identified by the elements that are used, the sacrifices and the procedures that are carried out according to the objective of this.

Ebo Fi:

The ebbó that is marked and performed at the same time, the day the person is lifted from the mat and is made with the ingredients of each Orisha.

It is very simple and makes a prayer to the Orisha who requests it, it can be with cascarilla (efún), cocoa butter (ori), corojo butter (epo) and candle (ataná).

Ebo Kere:

It is similar to the Ebbó Fi, because it takes place at the same time and on the same day.

The difference is that the Orisha is offered consumable food that is fish, beans, grains that are to the Orisha's taste, it is a simple offering together with prayer.

Ebo Misi:

They are the baths that they usually send us to give, each one will be different depending on how the Orisha and Odún mark it with which the person comes.

The essence of this type of ceremony is water as an element, it can also carry other ingredients, such as herbs (ewe).

It is advisable that people who have Kariosha (made holy) give them from the shoulders down.

Ebó Ori or Kofobori Eledda:

This is the well-known "head prayer", a ceremony that is performed for everyone. Aleyus or Iworo to cool your head or so your head can eat.

Head praying It can be with the elements that are determined in consultation or with the basic ones:

  • Raw grated coconut,
  • cocoa butter,
  • cascarilla,
  • cotton,
  • white kerchief (keel),
  • gourd with water,
  • two candles and
  • the five Obí (coconuts) to ask.

This ceremony has rules that must be respected and its execution has certain characteristics that cannot be ignored.

Ebo Shure:

It is any work that is marked on the person, it may well be cleaning or rescue works, with vegetables, meats, fruits, grains, that is, everything edible.

Or also a work through an action like a drum consecrated at the foot of the Orisha.

It is carried out in a single day and has specific rules that must be met without being altered.

Ebo Ku Edu:

It is a work like the Ebbó Shure but, it is not finished on the same day, they are marked on different consecutive days.

Ebo Wuonu:

It is done when animals are sacrificed and on the third day an Itá is performed, as, for example, in the consecration of Kariosha.

When the animal is sacrificed it is done with respect towards the Orisha. Offering the life of the animal also entails respect, so to perform it, ceremonies with songs and other religious actions are carried out.

Ebó Ate, Ebó Katero or Ebó Opon Ifá:

This is done by the Awos and Babalawos through the Ifá board, it involves any type of ingredients or instruments that orunmila further determine the animals (takes animal sacrifice).

Ebo Opon Ifa Akureyu:

The same previous ebbó, through the Ifá board, but this only has feather animals and the ingredients that Orunmila marks.

Remember, whether it is the simplest Ebbó, such as a guava or the largest, it should always be given with two hands, a lot of faith and a clean and open heart to our Orishas.

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