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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There are so much antics going on and you don't need to be a prophet or Babalawo to trace where they are coming from.
To know the reason why the act is still on, ten herbalists, ten Babalawo and twenty farmers were interviewed.
(27) To the extent, therefore, that the Oba's irukere is made of the mane of a white ram, that term may be argued to properly refer to Oba's item of power; only analogically and, because of the force of its application in the hands of Oba and babalawo, did it come to refer to a horse's tail, for reasons of morphological similarity.
Every consultation with a Santero or Babalawo brings a wealth of stories and cultural messages in the form of metaphors or simple proverbs.
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].
Idafa/Ifa dida is performed by a babalawo or iyalawo or iyanifa (an initiated priest or priestess).
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.