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The following is a summary & analysis of Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review article, “Law of the Noose: A History of Latino Lynching” Richard Delgado.

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myoruba:

PATHS OF ELEGUA
[Español:http://101.myyoruba.com/aspectos-elegua/?lang=es]
Eshu Alaroye/Laroye
This path is one of the youngest of the Elegua’s. He sits behind every door. He loves to play jokes and be mischievous. He is the good friend and messenger of Oshun. He loves to walk the streets and he is very useful in money problems. He can cause you to loose everything or gain everything. When Laroye comes down to earth, he goes around and plays with the children, eat cakes and dances alongside with the orishas. You have to keep an eye on him as he likes to take to the streets to find who he can play a tick on.

Eshu Alagwanna/Lagwanna
This path is a very strong Elegua. This Eshu is said to be the overseer of the egungun which are the spirits of the dead. Alagwanna sits at the cemetery gates guarding and maintaining order of the dead that pass through the gates. Close friend and messenger to Oya. Chains are very essential to him When Alagwanna comes down to the earth, he is very stern and does not like foolishness. He enjoys to dance and loves to consult about family or ancestors that have passed on.

Eshu Bi
This Eshu is known to be seen at crossroads. He is an Eshu that causes distruct and misfortune to those who deserve it. He gives painful and dangerous lessons in which if you don’t learn the lesson, he will instruct another one that would be more terrible. He can be best friend or your worst enemy. When Eshu Bi comes down he likes to talk stern to his followers. He gives good advices and expects you to listen to them.

Eshu Anaki
This path is said to be one of the paths that Elegua is represented as a female. It is said that Anaki is the one who keeps order among the Elegua’s. She is the one that sends each path out to do what is needed to be done among humans.

Eshu Aina/BaraAina
This Eshu is said to walk closely and the messenger of Chango. He is said to open the paths for Chango when he goes to battle. Eshu Aina wears a thunderstone on his head and alongside with his garavato, he holds a double axe like Chango. This Eshu is said to also cause fire as one of his punishments.

Eshu Arerebioko
This Eshu is said to be the path that walks alongside Ogun. When Ogun is in the forest its Eshu Arerebioko that accompanies him and keeps him company and he also sits at corners. It is said that when an accident happens at a corner, it is Arerebioko who caused it so he and Ogun can eat.

Eshu Aye
This path of Elegua is said to walk the seashores. Aye is the conch shell that lives in the salt waters accompanied by Yemaya. This Eshu knows all what we want. Aye also means mundo (world). So he is the one that knows and contains riches to all.

Eshu Elegbara
This path of Eshu is from the land of Ketu. He brings good fortune and blessings to his followers. One can attend him outside of your house by the dumpster. He loves to smoke and drink.

Eshu Alaketu
This Eshu sits on the outskirts of the town of Ketu in Africa where Eshu is praised. He is a wise man that brings fortune to the town.

Eshu Afra
This path of Elegua is from Arara, the land of Dahomey . Afra is the close and personal friend of Asojano. He is received when one receives Asojano. He is said to be a middle age and loves to smoke cigars. This Eshu does not like rum nor corojo. He likes dry wine to be placed to him. He is the one that opens the roads for Asojano to take or dispel epidemics on the land.

Eshu Ana
This Eshu is the owner and path owner to the sacred drums. He is the one that opens the path for communication between the sacred drums and the orishas. When Eshu Ana comes down, he loves to dance.

Eshu Ashikuelu
This path lives at the entrance of the marketplace. He is a great negotiator and can be used for money resolutions. He loves a good bargain.

Eshu Bara Layiki
This Eshu loves to dance and party. He loves to drink and play just as Laroye. He is called to make the party happy and blissful.

Eshu Dako
This path is always in the forest. He knows the secrets to many herbs and the secret also to the hunt. He likes to dress in animal skin.

Eshu Alboni
This Eshu lives high in the moutains. Very close to the heavens and guards those doors. Close to the orishas of the white cloth.

Eshu Ayeru
This Eshu is the messenger of Ifa. He works closely and guards the Ifa and its babalows.

Eshu Aroyeyi
This path guards the entrance to Olofi’s castle. He stands near the entrance and through him you have to pass to get to Olofi.

Eshu Ode/Ode Mata
This path of Eshu walks alongside Ochosi in hunt. He is the one that opens the path and trees so Ochosi can aim in on his prey. He likes his rum or anisette. He takes a crossbow and arrows cemented on him in which he uses to hunt with his friend.

Eshu Owo
This Eshu is the one that guards all the riches of the world. One keeps him happy so he can bring abundance to the home. He will always maintain you with money in your pocket if you attend to him correctly.

Eshu Beleke
He loves to play as a child. Loves to dance and brings good fortune to ones who deserves. If not he will bring the opposite and until you are ready, he will not bring you happiness.

Eshu Eluufe
This is an old and wise Eshu. He doesn’t like to be disrespected under any circumstances. This Eshu can for see all.

Source:101.myyoruba.com

myoruba:

PATHS OF ELEGUA

[Español:http://101.myyoruba.com/aspectos-elegua/?lang=es]

Eshu Alaroye/Laroye

This path is one of the youngest of the Elegua’s. He sits behind every door. He loves to play jokes and be mischievous. He is the good friend and messenger of Oshun. He loves to walk the streets and he is very useful in money problems. He can cause you to loose everything or gain everything. When Laroye comes down to earth, he goes around and plays with the children, eat cakes and dances alongside with the orishas. You have to keep an eye on him as he likes to take to the streets to find who he can play a tick on.

Eshu Alagwanna/Lagwanna

This path is a very strong Elegua. This Eshu is said to be the overseer of the egungun which are the spirits of the dead. Alagwanna sits at the cemetery gates guarding and maintaining order of the dead that pass through the gates. Close friend and messenger to Oya. Chains are very essential to him When Alagwanna comes down to the earth, he is very stern and does not like foolishness. He enjoys to dance and loves to consult about family or ancestors that have passed on.

Eshu Bi

This Eshu is known to be seen at crossroads. He is an Eshu that causes distruct and misfortune to those who deserve it. He gives painful and dangerous lessons in which if you don’t learn the lesson, he will instruct another one that would be more terrible. He can be best friend or your worst enemy. When Eshu Bi comes down he likes to talk stern to his followers. He gives good advices and expects you to listen to them.

Eshu Anaki

This path is said to be one of the paths that Elegua is represented as a female. It is said that Anaki is the one who keeps order among the Elegua’s. She is the one that sends each path out to do what is needed to be done among humans.

Eshu Aina/BaraAina

This Eshu is said to walk closely and the messenger of Chango. He is said to open the paths for Chango when he goes to battle. Eshu Aina wears a thunderstone on his head and alongside with his garavato, he holds a double axe like Chango. This Eshu is said to also cause fire as one of his punishments.

Eshu Arerebioko

This Eshu is said to be the path that walks alongside Ogun. When Ogun is in the forest its Eshu Arerebioko that accompanies him and keeps him company and he also sits at corners. It is said that when an accident happens at a corner, it is Arerebioko who caused it so he and Ogun can eat.

Eshu Aye

This path of Elegua is said to walk the seashores. Aye is the conch shell that lives in the salt waters accompanied by Yemaya. This Eshu knows all what we want. Aye also means mundo (world). So he is the one that knows and contains riches to all.

Eshu Elegbara

This path of Eshu is from the land of Ketu. He brings good fortune and blessings to his followers. One can attend him outside of your house by the dumpster. He loves to smoke and drink.

Eshu Alaketu

This Eshu sits on the outskirts of the town of Ketu in Africa where Eshu is praised. He is a wise man that brings fortune to the town.

Eshu Afra

This path of Elegua is from Arara, the land of Dahomey . Afra is the close and personal friend of Asojano. He is received when one receives Asojano. He is said to be a middle age and loves to smoke cigars. This Eshu does not like rum nor corojo. He likes dry wine to be placed to him. He is the one that opens the roads for Asojano to take or dispel epidemics on the land.

Eshu Ana

This Eshu is the owner and path owner to the sacred drums. He is the one that opens the path for communication between the sacred drums and the orishas. When Eshu Ana comes down, he loves to dance.

Eshu Ashikuelu

This path lives at the entrance of the marketplace. He is a great negotiator and can be used for money resolutions. He loves a good bargain.

Eshu Bara Layiki

This Eshu loves to dance and party. He loves to drink and play just as Laroye. He is called to make the party happy and blissful.

Eshu Dako

This path is always in the forest. He knows the secrets to many herbs and the secret also to the hunt. He likes to dress in animal skin.

Eshu Alboni

This Eshu lives high in the moutains. Very close to the heavens and guards those doors. Close to the orishas of the white cloth.

Eshu Ayeru

This Eshu is the messenger of Ifa. He works closely and guards the Ifa and its babalows.

Eshu Aroyeyi

This path guards the entrance to Olofi’s castle. He stands near the entrance and through him you have to pass to get to Olofi.

Eshu Ode/Ode Mata

This path of Eshu walks alongside Ochosi in hunt. He is the one that opens the path and trees so Ochosi can aim in on his prey. He likes his rum or anisette. He takes a crossbow and arrows cemented on him in which he uses to hunt with his friend.

Eshu Owo

This Eshu is the one that guards all the riches of the world. One keeps him happy so he can bring abundance to the home. He will always maintain you with money in your pocket if you attend to him correctly.

Eshu Beleke

He loves to play as a child. Loves to dance and brings good fortune to ones who deserves. If not he will bring the opposite and until you are ready, he will not bring you happiness.

Eshu Eluufe

This is an old and wise Eshu. He doesn’t like to be disrespected under any circumstances. This Eshu can for see all.

Source:101.myyoruba.com

divinemoon:

ELEGGUA: he won with Olofi, Obbatala and Orula sufficient privileges to be the first Okana.

Greeting him giving three knocks on the floor in front of him. Eleggua and Echu constitute an inherent relationship between the positive and the negative. Used Eleggua of cement and stone (Ota), coconut gave birth to Eleggua, but stone gave birth to the Orisha.

Eleggua resides in the gate, which marks the border between two worlds, the inner that represents the tranquility of the home and the external representing danger and wickedness.

divinemoon:

Paths of Yemaya:

  • Yemaya Asesu.
  • Yemaya Awoyó.
  • Yemaya Akuará.
  • Yemaya Okute u Okuti.
  • Yemaya Ibu Konla.
  • Yemaya Ashaba o Ayabá.
  • Yemaya Mayaleo o Mayelewo.
  • Yemaya Yembó o Yemú.
  • Yemaya Ibu Okoto.
  • Yemaya Ibu Oleyo.
  • Yemaya Ibu Elowo.
  • Yemaya Akere.
  • Yemaya Oro.
  • Yemaya Ataremawa.
  • Yemaya Ibu Gunle.
  • Yemaya Ibu Agana.
  • Yemaya Ibu Akinomi.
  • Yemaya Ibu Iña.
  • Yemaya Oggún Ayipo.
  • Yemaya Oggún Asomi.
  • Yemaya Ibu Nodo.
  • Yemaya Yamase.
  • Yemaya Ibu Alaro.
  • Yemaya Ibu Yabani.
  • Yemaya Ibu Tinibu.
  • Yemaya Lokún Nipa.
divinemoon:

When Obbatala comes down he dances according to th path. In his honor the dancers imitate the smooth movements and dubbings of a very old person. In his warrior’s path he dances as if he was brandishing a sword. He speaks and does predictions, cleaning the presents with the iruke.

divinemoon:

When Obbatala comes down he dances according to th path. In his honor the dancers imitate the smooth movements and dubbings of a very old person. In his warrior’s path he dances as if he was brandishing a sword. He speaks and does predictions, cleaning the presents with the iruke.

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divinemoon:

Warrior Orisha OgunProtect us from tragedies and accidents.Protect us from all evil and harm.Do not permit the iron to hurt us.Be the one in charge Oggun to guard, protect us,And that we have peace.

divinemoon:

Warrior Orisha Ogun
Protect us from tragedies and accidents.
Protect us from all evil and harm.
Do not permit the iron to hurt us.
Be the one in charge Oggun to guard, protect us,
And that we have peace.

divinemoon:

Maferefun EleguaToday and AlwaysYou in Front of me,I Behind youOpen My Path.Protect My Home, My Footsteps,And all My Loved Ones.Grant Us Health, Harmony and Tranquility.Grant Us Prosperity and Happiness.Give us your Protection andBe vigilant of who enters and leaves my home. Give us your blessing.Maferefun Elegua.

divinemoon:

Maferefun Elegua
Today and Always
You in Front of me,
I Behind you
Open My Path.
Protect My Home, My Footsteps,
And all My Loved Ones.
Grant Us Health, Harmony and Tranquility.
Grant Us Prosperity and Happiness.
Give us your Protection and
Be vigilant of who enters and leaves my home. 
Give us your blessing.
Maferefun Elegua.

divinemoon:

Olodumare and the Orishas see everything.
They see our minds, our thoughts, and our hearts.
When we pray or make special requests,
They know our true intentions. 
We must be careful what we ask for,
We do reap what we sow.

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mesoteric:

Gerrit Van Honthorst, Saint Sebastien, 1623

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divinemoon:

Obbatalá is the Orisha of creation, is the owner of all heads.His name consists of all words,Obbá-King, Ta-Shine on, Nla-Large which means everything.Obbatalá—King and above all it is said that that it was Obbatala who sculpted the form of man in the vagina of women.Obbatala is one of the oldest Orishas and said to have the same Oduduwa’o avatars, divided into male and female aspects. The oldest of all of the Obbatala’s are: the first marriage, composed by Oshalufon and Orisha Aye.
By: Baba Roberto Lopez

divinemoon:

Obbatalá is the Orisha of creation, is the owner of all heads.
His name consists of all words,
Obbá-King, Ta-Shine on, Nla-Large which means everything.
Obbatalá—King and above all it is said that that it was Obbatala who sculpted the form of man in the vagina of women.
Obbatala is one of the oldest Orishas and said to have the same Oduduwa’o avatars, divided into male and female aspects. The oldest of all of the Obbatala’s are: the first marriage, composed by Oshalufon and Orisha Aye.

By: Baba Roberto Lopez

divinemoon:

This is a better translation

Bi o ba maa lowo

(If you want to have money)

Beere lowo ori re

(Inquire of your head)

Bi o ba maa sowo

(If you want to start trading)

Beere lowo ori re wo

(Inquire of your head)

Bi o ba maa kole o

(If you want to build a house)

Beere lowo ori re

divinemoon:

Celia Cruz: Elegua Quiere Tambo (by musicalcookiebasket)

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yearningforunity:

Casa de Africa in Havana, Cuba
Dance told story from one of the afro-cuban religions
per Dianna, this is Yemaya from the Yoruba pantheon.

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Asker Anonymous Asks:
Could you Please help explain the difference between espiritismo and Santeria cause I know one is like conferring with a medium, etc. have you had any supernatural experiences through Santeria ? And what are the 21 divisions ?
magia-afro-latino magia-afro-latino Said:

gelopanda:

This is probably going to be long, and I’m probably only going to touch the surface, if that, on what these traditions are. So here goes. Please don’t believe that these simplistic answers explain the intricacies of these traditions, because they won’t.

Espiritsmo, Santeria and 21 Divisions are three different religious traditions. There are several religious traditions that evolved in Latin America namely the Caribbean, and Brazil Many of the religious traditions are African in origin. Here’s a brief blurb about the three I’ve grown up with.

Espiritismo is a religious tradition that believes people are able to communicate and work with spirits. Much of Espiritsmo, Espiritismo Cruzado and Mesa Blanca (another very similar tradition, some people say they’re the same but I believe they have key differences) uses the teachings of Allan Kardec, a French spiritist who was able to write down very useful techniques in conducting communication with spirits. We have the belief that everyone has spiritual guides, and a spiritual court which consists of ancestors, and spirits that are not ancestors.

This tradition is NOT Santeria, it is NOT 21 Divisions, it is NOT Vodou. Although a person may be involved with all three traditions (and possibly more)

Santeria is specifically Yoruba in Origin, and developed in the Caribbean (namely Cuba) with a combination of indigenous and to some extent, European influences. the most part of the religion is Yoruba. Here, we believe that The supreme God and the deities known as Orishas are present. Each Orisha has a specific role in nature, and are in charge of different forces. People are able to communicate with the ancestors (very important in Santeria) and with the Orishas to understand their place in the world, and how to understand God’s (Olodumare) will. This tradition is very initiatory and there are roles people play in their communities.

21 Divisions/ Dominican Vudú is a form of Vodou similar to Haitian Vodou that is west African ( Fon, Dahomean, Kongo, Yoruba, and other African ethnic groups) i believe mostly Dahomean and Fon.
Haitian Vodou and Dominican 21 divisions can be seen as the same, because 21 divisions is thought to be from one of the first and oldest schools of Vodou on the island. There are houses on both parts of the island that are derived from this particular Tcha Tcha lineage.
But they are different as they evolved to fit the culture and society.
Taino and Catholic beliefs are also very important.
The fundamental belief of Vudu is the belief in the supreme god, and the deities called Loas/ Misterios. People learn to work with the Misterios, seek guidance, and healing.

Although similar, Santeria and 21 divisions/ Vodou and all these other African derived religions with African deities, it is important to make sure we understand that a deity in one tradition is never the same in another. E.g. Papa Legba is not Eleggua. Even though they may have similar origins these traditions are separate and have their very specific way of worship.
These traditions should be known to be separate ones even though most people are involved with more than one.
These religions have faced lots of scrutiny because of white supremacy, but essentially, they are all traditions of resistance.