Chapter 7

Orisha Work: Rituals

In the previous chapter I suggested that one of the central aspects of Orisha Work was the belief that the orishas could act as intermediaries between The Oludumare and people, since no direct relations were possible between the latter two. Worship was primarily between the orishas and people. In this chapter I will describe the rituals through which people could enter into relations with the orishas. These rituals were of two kinds:

(1)   When a person wanted the orishas to intercede with The Oludumare on his or her behalf. This was the main annual ceremony, and it was commonly called a “feast,” and

(2)   When the primary relations were between the orishas and people alone, without The Oludumare entering directly ...

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