Santeria is a religion created by Africans who found themselves enslaved in the West in places like Brazil, Cuba
People involved in the Santeria religion can be classified as belonging to one of several Santeria levels. The titles that accompany those levels are:
3. Olorisha (Santero/Santera)
4. Iyawo (Yawó, Yabo)
5. Padrino, Madrina (Babatobi, Iyatobi)
6. Oyugbona (Ojugbona,
8. Obá Oriaté
People involved in the Santeria begin as an Aleyo and can work their way through the levels if they are called and willing to do the work and study it takes to grow in power, influence
What The Santeria Levels Signify
Each level a person attains in the Santeria religion reflects the amount of participation, training
The Aleyo are people on the periphery of the Santeria religion. They have no formal association with the religion or any spiritual
Olorisha (Santero/Santera) are people who have been crowned with an Orisha in the
An Iyawo (Yawó, Yabo) is someone who has gone through the
Padrino, Madrina (Babatobi, Iyatobi) are terms that mean godfather and godmother. They are titles of respect given to Babalawo or Olorisha who initiate an Aleyo or newcomer into the Santeria religion.
An Oyugbona (Ojugbona
A Babalawo is a priest consecrated to the Orisha Orunmila and the sect of Ifá. It's a diviner's sect and Babalawo perform readings, do cleansing ceremonies, sacrificial ceremonies and initiate other Babalawo and those receiving Orunmila's mysteries.
The Obá Oriaté is the Santeria religion's high priest. They know all the rituals and ceremonies and orchestrate and officiate them for the community. They do cowrie shell readings, entrance readings before ceremonies and give necklaces, warriors, Orisha and life readings and perform religious services associated with every aspect of the Santeria religion.
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