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read more On April 16, 2017, I became a practitioner of the Santería Lucumi/Lukumí tradition. For years I studied the tradition prior to becoming a practitioner. It was in Bocas Del Toro, Panama where I spent days by the ocean and in natural elements where I studied and connected with the tradition. Upon returning from my trip, I was excited to begin my journey.
The journey consisted of finding a Godparent and ilé who would guide me throughout the tradition. I also had to commit myself to the ways of the tradition. After a few months, my ceremony day was here. I received my full set of ilekes (beaded necklaces) for protection by the orishas and my new name, Alayo Eyinladé Iyanda.
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House of worship where practitioners of Santería perform ceremonies.
For me, a new name requires new rules of engagement. Throughout my journey in the tradition, there have been so many things I have learned about yourself and many things I still have to learn about myself. Many of these teachings come from divination and readings by a priest or priestess. Shortly after my crossing, I received my ita (life reading) as a practitioner. I knew that this is when I would get my taboos. For some reason, I was very excited to receive my taboos.
I didn’t look at taboos as a restriction to my life; I looked at them as protection for my life. Taboos are specifically connected to each practitioner. They can be temporary or permanent restrictions (subject to change after initiation to priest/priestess) placed on a person’s behavior, diet, and/or lifestyle. I knew that whatever my taboos would be they would be specific and for my benefit.
cheap generic viagra “Never sleep with or date a married man.”
That was the first taboo I was given.
I chuckled a little because in my mind it was common sense. Of course, I wouldn’t sleep with or date a married man. However, I then realized somethings aren’t as black and white. What if he’s separated, technically he’s married. What if they have an open marriage, technically he’s married. What if it’s a threesome, technically he’s married. What if I want to, technically he’s married. No matter how I tried to look at this taboo, the bottom line was clear, and I now had to obey this restriction.
Many people learn about Santería Lucumi/Lukumí through traveling to places like Brazil, various Latin American countries, and mainly Cuba. The tradition was brought to Cuba and other places by the enslaved people of the Yoruban nations of West Africa, specifically Nigeria. If you have traveled to these countries and immersed yourself in the culture, you may have come in contact with practitioners, priest, and priestesses throughout the tradition. Many people recall getting a reading in Cuba or seeing dancers of the Orishas performing throughout the streets.
The tradition is all around us.