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Teachings of the Santería Gods


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An Introduction to the Diloggun

1 Okana--One Mouth on the Mat
Okana Brews a Love Potion
Okana's Seduction of Shango
Okana's Curses
Okana's Lesson in Love
The Story of the Cat and the Rat

2 Eji Oko--Two Mouths on the Mat
The Birth of Iku
The Marriage of Iku and Ejioko
Ejioko Loses His Friend Ire
Ochosi Feeds Olofin

3 Ogunda--Three Mouths on the Mat
Why the Rooster Was First Sacrificed
How the Crocodile Became Powerful
King Olushola Makes Ebo

4 Irosun--Four Mouths on the Mat
How a Man and a Woman Found Love
Irosun Discovers His True Friends
The Story of the Cat and the Leopard
The Pact between Orishaoko and Olofin
The Tail (Tale) of the Little Monkey
Obatala Rewards Ode

5 Oche--Five Mouths on the Mat
The Birth, Death, and Rebirth of Oche
How Oshogbo Became Dedicated to Oshun
How Oshun Came to the New World
A Foolish Merchant's Tragedy
I Will Give You a Small Thing

6 Obara--Six Mouths on the Mat
The Farmer and His Ebo
The Best Food: The Worst Food
Ochosi Learns to Build a Trap
Ochosi's Curse
The Story of Elegede

7 Odi--Seven Mouths on the Mat
The Creation of Copulation
Where the Hole Was First Opened
He Who Fights Knows about War

8 Unle--Eight Mouths on the Mat
Unle Is Born
Unle's Ebo to Eleggua
Unle Builds a Home
Unle Becomes a Farmer
Obatala Eats Heads

9 Osa--Nine Mouths on the Mat
The Death of His Love
A Beggar's Story
A Son's Loss
The Brag of the Boastful Boy
Shango's Imprisonment

10 Ofun--Ten Mouths on the Mat
Life and Death
The Story of Ire and Osogbo
Ofun, the Godchild of Iku
The Loss of Ofun's Daughter
How the Leopard Gained His Strength
The Spinning of the Web
Obatala Makes Ebo

11 Owani--Eleven Mouths on the Mat
Eshu at the Crossroads
The Climbing Vine and the Okra
The Death of the Egungun Priests
Disobedience Becomes the Road to Death
Oshun's Ebo
How Osain Saved the Ill-Prepared Man

12 Ejila Shebora--Twelve Mouths on the Mat
Shango's Losses
The Marriage of Oshun and Orunmila
Yemaya's Quest
Yemaya Learns to Cast Opele



About the Author

Ocha'ni Lele has been immersed in the underground culture of orisha worship since 1989. He made Ocha in 2000 and was crowned a priest of Oya. His other books include The Secrets of Afro-Cuban Divination, Obi: Oracle of Cuban Santeria, and The Diloggun: The Orishas, Proverbs, Sacrifices, and Prohibitions of Cuban Santeria. He lives in Winter Park, Florida.


"There is no more magical way to feel close to the orishas than through the patakis. It is there that one is transported to one's imagination. Ocha'ni Lele has a very spiritual manner in elevating my imagination through his writing, which reveals a special touch. !Maferefun orichas! What is seen is not questioned! This is a special book for those of us who go forth from the heart, without malice. Ocha'ni Lele, my dear, I congratulate you!" * Ivy Queen, vocalist, musician, and Queen of Reggaeton *
"This book is a page turner. Ocha'ni Lele relates these sacred stories with the ease of a knowledgeable narrator while drawing clarity and meaning out of the religion's complex chorus of voices. This book moves the deep spirituality of the religion away from ethnography and connects the sacred to religious studies where it is well overdue." * Oba Ernesto Pichardo, Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye *
"If you have any interest in Santeria, or in a story well-told, then you should pick up Ocha'ni Lele's Teachings fo the Santeria Gods. Don't simply read it, savor it. Each of these stories is a gem worth examining, and Lele is the wise jeweler joyfully pointing out each facet." * Star Foster, Pantheon: The Pagan Blog at Patheos, September 2010 *
"For the first time, one hundred of the ancient African stories known as pataki have been made available in English. It was a gargantuan labor of love for the author." * Anna Jedrziewski, New Age Retailer, September 2010 *
"Loaded with stories that provide entertainment and unique perspectives, Teachings of the Santeria Gods is an excellent book for those looking to learn about Santeria or African folklore." * The Magical Buffet, October 2010 *
"Two words sum up Teachings of the Santeria Gods: Spirit of the Odu . . . `Beautifully Written'." * Facing North, January 2011 *
". . . well-written, informative, possessed of rare clarity, and a joy to read." *, May 2011 *

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