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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She approaches the diviner (Babalawo)- the Babalawo, a spiritualist and a psychotherapist who diagnoses the fate of the baby in the womb.
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].
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.
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.
The term babalawo is synonymous with "traditional healer" and can include both herbalists and diviners.
With the further contributions of the French photographer, babalawo, historian and ethnographer Pierre Verger and Clement da Cruz, curator of the Abomey Historical Museum, the restoration of the building was launched in 1964.
The priests urged people to pay heed to the saying, "the young palm trees grow taller and thicker than the old ones," which Babalawo Victor Betancourt interpreted as meaning: "making an overhaul, which is what's needed at the moment and is not taking place.
Believers consult divination specialists or 'keepers of the secrets', known as babalawo in order to commune with the spirit world.