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Botanica Lucumí


Osain and the Magical Herbs of Santería, Volume I

a video in English by Luís Frausto

An indispensable "how to" identify 121 sacred plants used in the Yoruba/Lukumí Religion of Cuba and the United States

After giving a colorful illustrated history of the myths of Osain, and his relationships with Oyá and Shangó, the video systematically presents each of 121 plants in the wild, in Cuba.

First comes an establishing shot in order to teach recognition of the tree or bush. Then, the leaf is shown in detailed closeup. The following crucial information is provided:

1) Spanish common name; 2) English common name, and 3) scientific name.

Among the many plants shown are:

Espanta Muerto or Aberikunló, Quita Maldición or Ewe Ayó, Tostéen or Atinponlá, Prodigiosa or Siempre Viva, Yerba Hediona or Ewe Tomodé, Anamú or Palo Moruro, Palo Yaya, Abre Camino, Botón de Oro, Malvate, Curujéy, Flor de Agua, Framboyán, Yagruma, Frescura, Granada, Guao de Costa, Palo Malambo, Ortiguilla, Palo Doncella, Palo Hueso, Palo Ramón, Palo Yamao, Paramí, Pega Pollo, Varía, Vencedor Macho.

All of the plants were photographed in Cuba, and were cross-referenced in the United States by botanists from UCLA, the Los Angeles County Arboretum, and the UCR Herbarium.

This 30 minute video, available in VHS, is a must for any student of the sacred plants of Osain in particular and the Santería Religion in general.


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