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Book details
  • Genre:RELIGION
  • SubGenre:Ethnic & Tribal
  • Language:Spanish
  • Pages:340
  • eBook ISBN:9781877845086

Orí Eledá mí ó . . . Si mi cabeza no me vende

by Miguel "Willie" Ramos and Ilari Oba

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Overview
La gran mayoría de los rituales de iniciación al sacerdocio en la religión yoruba y los sistemas que descienden de ella en Cuba y Brasil se llevan a cabo sobre la cabeza del futuro sacerdote. La cabeza juega el papel primordial en todo aspecto, ya que forma una parte intrínseca de las filosofías religiosas de este sistema, como bien nos lo recuerda el odu Ejiogbe: “la cabeza lleva al cuerpo.” La presente obra analiza el rol de la cabeza del ser humano y su relación con las diversas creencias y tradiciones; sus bases teológicas y prácticas.
Description
La presente obra analiza el rol de la cabeza del ser humano y su relación con las diversas creencias y tradiciones; sus bases teológicas y prácticas. ¿Que significas las palabras ashé, Orí, Eledá, Olofín, iwá? ¿Cuales son las obligaciones del olorisha y del ser humano y el debido comportamiento que estos deben observar durante el transcurso de sus vidas? ¿Qué representan la vida y la muerte para los iniciados yorubas, cubanos y brasileños? ¿Cuáles son las armas que están a la disposición del sacerdote para mejorar su mundo y apaciguar las fuerzas del bien y del mal en su diaria interacción con los seres humanos? Esta obra responde a estas y cientos de preguntas más; responde a las inquietudes que muchos olorishas expresan para las cuales nunca han recibido o encontrado respuestas concretas y honestas, respaldadas por una lógica filosófica y religiosa, y no por un mero capricho o la incapacidad de muchos de negar su desconocimiento para defender su imagen; defensa que casi siempre descansa sobre el orgullo como mecanismo para esconder la ignorancia. No olvidemos aquella ya agotada respuesta que todos hemos escuchado la cual defiende el desconocimiento alegando que “¡en mi casa se hace así!” No se pierda esta importantísima y reveladora obra la cual le abrirá los ojos a la luz del entendimiento y le ayudará a echar los cimientos religiosos necesarios para ser un olorisha con fundamento y una base religiosa.
About the author
Obá Oriaté Miguel “Willie” Ramos, Ilarí Obá, Lukumí, olorisha of Shangó, was born in Havana, Cuba and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Ordained into the Lukumí priesthood at the age of thirteen, he has been an obá oriaté for over thirty-five years. Ramos is a student of Lukumí/Yoruba religion in Brazil, Cuba and the Cuban Diaspora. He holds a Master of Arts in History from Florida International University where he has taught courses on Anthropology, Sociology and History. Present Ramos is working on a PhD at the same institution. His dissertation will focus on Lukumí and Afro-Cuban history and culture in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Over the years, Ramos has participated in numerous conferences in the U.S. and abroad. In 2001, he was a guest curator for an exhibit on Lukumí Orisha arts held at the Historical Museum of Southern Florida in Miami. That same year, Ramos travelled to Dusseldorf, Germany where he collaborated with the Museum Kunst Palast, inaugural exhibition. Ramos has published several books for Lukumí devotees. He has contributed to several scholarly texts and journal articles, including his important “La División de La Habana . . .,” which was based on oral history and fieldwork conducted in Cuba and the U.S. during the 1990s. Two of Ramos’ recent publications, Orí Eledá mí ó…Si mi cabeza no me vende (2011) and the recently edited and revised English-language edition of Adimú: Gbogbó Tén’unjé Lukumí (2012) have received considerable praise from the Lukumí community. Presently, Ramos hosts Eleda.Org, a website about Lukumí religion and culture, and is president of the Diaspora Cultural Center in Miami. For the past thirty years, Ramos has conducted fieldwork in Cuba and Brazil, and is a pioneer in defeating passé ideologies about learning the religion by offering seminars on Lukumí rituals and consecration ceremonies for ordained olorishas. The current book is another of Ramos’ continues undertakings and his firm belief in the tenets of the odu Ejiogbé Odí that emphasize the need for the distribution of knowledge.
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