babalawo


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babalawo

A priest of the highest order belonging to the Santería religion, similar to vodoun, with magic powers, including the ability to heal the sick, divine the future and punish wrongdoers.
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The custodians of Ifa are the Babalawo (male) or Iyanifa (female), who pass through scrupulous training in the form of memorizing the Odus of Ifa (ibid).
As the Babalawo might remark, nothing ever new under the sun.
Another significant observation of the site is that the temple boasts having initiated 600 plus men as Babalawo (priests of Ifa, lit: "Father of hidden knowledge") and 400 plus women as Iyanifa (priestesses of Ifa, lit: "Woman who has Ifa") since the temple's inception in 2004.
In the words of a Yoruba Evangelical Christian, Elizabeth Olusola Adeyemi, "So many Christians go to babalawo [native doctor]; so many people go to if a [oracle].
In fact, to be a santero, a palero, an oluo, an obba or a babalawo is an honorable title, an element of social distinction and differentiation, in accordance with the hierarchy of the title.
The Negro babalawo stretching a crescent smile in leafy smoke and whispering to the Ancients.
Of particular note, he received Ivanir dos Santos, a babalawo, or Afro-Brazilian priest.
There was a wooden outcropping along the wall that held framed photographs of this babalawo draped in coral beads, standing alongside other chiefs and dignitaries.
Reading with Babalawo, Palero, and Santero to better your future, luck, love, job and heath.
6) No presente ano, 2010, foi empreendida a terceira caminhada que ocorre e deve buscar ocorrer sempre no mes de setembro por determinacao de Ifa (segundo o Babalawo Ivanir dos Santos, presidente da ONG Centro de Articulacao de Populacoes Populares Marginalizadas e um dos fundadores do CCIR).
Meanwhile Mum and Dad have called in a babalawo who kills a cockerel to appease the ancestors and mutters powerful incantations to guide Azaro's soul safely up the winding stairs.