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
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.