Speaking to the Spirits of Misfortune

Paperback - 2014
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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 eb#65533;, sacrifice, and hard work as prescribed by consulting the orishas through the casting of the dilogg#65533;n

* 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 #65533;cha'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 Lucum#65533; beliefs regarding osogbo, he shows that the Lucum#65533; faith is neither fatalistic nor defeatist but healing and life affirming. He shares more than 40 patak#65533;s--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 dilogg#65533;n, the divination system used in Santer#65533;a 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 eb#65533;, 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.
Publisher: Rochester, Vermont : Destiny Books, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781620550984
Branch Call Number: BL2532.S5 L45 2014
Characteristics: xxii, 218 pages ; 23 cm


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