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Orula Candle

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Orula (Orúnmila) is a major Orichá, and he's unique in several ways.  First, men and women who are initiated into Regla de Ocha or Santería don't ever have Orula seated on their head as a guardian angel. Orula only goes to the head of Babalawos, heterosexual men who have been initiated into Regla de Ifá. Ocha and Ifá are parallel traditions in Cuba, and they often work together in the same religious community, each carrying out specific tasks and playing unique roles.  Depending on the tradition of a man's lineage, he may not have to be initiated first into Ocha in order to to pass into Ifá. Some men are called directly into Ifá through divination.  Women can receive the cofá (or ikofá) de Orula, and any man can receive mano (abo faca) de Orula; this puts them under Orula's protection but doesn't fully initiate them into Ifá or make them a Babalawo.  Orula is the master diviner.  According to the patakís (sacred tales), Orula is the only Orichá who knows the future of everyone on earth and has the power to influence our destiny, because when Olodumare was creating the universe, Orula was the only one present to witness it all.  Specifically, he knows when each of us will die, and he makes sure we die at the right time, in line with the destiny we chose for ourselves in heaven. He knows how we can find happiness, health, peace of mind, and success, because he was present when we came into the world, and he knows what future awaits us.  He can help us avoid mistakes by keeping us on the right path.  Orula communicates with humans through divination with a Babalawo. Babalawos don't use dilogún (cowrie shells) like Santeros/as do. They use either an epuele (divining chain) or ikines (kola nuts), and a wooden divining board covered in cascarilla (eggshell powder).  They may also use a piece of horn from a stag's antler to mark certain odu (sacred signs) on the tray.

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