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Osogbo

Osogbo

Speaking to the Spirits of Misfortune

By understanding osogbo, the spirits of misfortune, we can better overcome them and return to health and balance in our lives

• Explains how misfortune works in this world as living spirits that plague humanity but are also a catalyst for self-development and conscious evolution

• Shows that we can overcome osogbo through ebó, sacrifice, and hard work as prescribed by consulting the orishas through the casting of the diloggún

• Shares more than 40 ancient African sacred stories about the spirits of osogbo

Beginning with the story of his goddaughter's battle with stage IV cancer, Lucumi priest Ócha'ni Lele explains the role of osogbo, or misfortune, in our lives. While everyone seeks blessings in life, undeserved blessings make us weak and lazy. It is tragedy that encourages us to grow and persevere. Exploring the Lucumí beliefs regarding osogbo, he shows that the Lucumí faith is neither fatalistic nor defeatist but healing and life affirming. He shares more than 40 patakís--stories stemming from the ancient Yoruba of West Africa--about the different spirits of osogbo, who like the orishas once walked the earth in human bodies. He explains the place of these spirits within the 256 odu of the diloggún, the divination system used in Santería to receive guidance from the orishas.

Lele shows that the spirits of osogbo are not only concepts but also real deities and that we can, if we understand their nature, fight them through ebó, sacrifice, and hard work. He reveals how the osogbos see themselves as entities of misfortune who stand against life and all that is good in the world, but in truth it is misfortune that strengthens us, misfortune that motivates us, and misfortune that brings great evolution to the world. As the author shows, “Without bitterness, one could not know sweetness.” Likewise, without misfortune in our lives, we would never know blessings or what it means to be blessed.
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  • Destiny Books | 
  • 240 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781620550984 | 
  • March 2014
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Chapter 4
Osogbo, Orí, and Elegguá


As noted earlier in this book, there was a time when life was simple: there was Iré, the spirit of blessings, and there was Osogbo, the spirit of misfortunes, and the two (who were twins) took turns ruling over the earth. Neither was satisfied with such a simple arrangement; and a war began between brother and sister. So heated was the war that Olófin became involved; and in the end, Osogbo was named the greater of the two. Osogbo made ebó (sacrifice); and she gave birth to sixteen spiritual principles known as the osogbos. Some of these wanted... see more

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Ócha'ni Lele

Author of The Secrets of Afro-Cuban Divination, Ócha'ni Lele has been immersed in the underground culture of Orisha worship since 1989. By 1995 he had received several initiations in both Santeria and the Congo faith Palo Mayombe and in 2000 he made Ocha and was crowned a Santeria priest. He lives in Florida.

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