Alafia and Welcome!
Thank you for visiting our website. I hope that this will help you and you will enjoy it as much as we enjoyed created it.
I was crowned in Osha on February 1st, 1979 as a priest of Oyá. My godmother is Raquel Vazquez-Oddúlamí and my Oyubona is Sara D. Vazquez-Obá Oddú Araí. I received Obé (Pinaldo) in October, 1999. In my 27 years as a priest of Oyá, I have helped many through the dilogún (cowries) readings by providing them advise, assistance and orientation. Also, I have collaborated with many others in their spiritual and medium development. In 2002, I was ordained as an Obá-Oriaté an since then I have served as an Obá in different ceremonies including Osha crowning. I hope you find the following introduction useful.
The Yoruba religion was brought over to the Caribbean and the Americas by slaves from various sub groups of West Africa. Collectively, they were identified and recognized as the Yoruba, from the region known as Nigeria.
Over two centuries ago, millions of Africans from this region were enslaved and forcibly transported to various points in the Americas, including Cuba. It was in Cuba and other Caribbean islands where their African traditional religious concepts and practices took root. To avoid persecution and identify their commonalties in religious practices, they would greet other slaves with the word "Lukumí," (Are you my friend?) It is here that "La Regla de Ocha", also known a "Lukumí/Santeria" emerged. Santeria was a pejorative term assigned to our religious traditions, by the Spanish slave owners, who said the Africans were obsessed with their Saints.
At the end of a period between 1950 - 1960, and in particular as a response to the Cuban Revolution, La Regla de Ocha began to spread rapidly into the United States, the Caribbean and the rest of Latin America with a massive exodus of Cubans into those regions.
The history of the Yoruba religion has been written with blood, sweat and tears. Today it is we, the "oloshas" that have inherited this spiritual and cultural legacy, to which we are pledged to keep intact and share with future generations.
The Templo Yoruba "Omo Orisha" was established in Euless, Texas, to create an environment of learning and sharing of knowledge of Orisha information. It will also serve as a place of union and unity for all those houses of Lukumi/ Santeria established in Texas and surrounding states. Local and general information will be offered in this website.
I would like to recognize the collaboration of those who have assisted in the development and creation of this web page. Special thanks to my godfather Oluwo, Omó Oddú, Roberto Boluffer-Ogundá Lení, President and Founder of the Yoruba Temple Omó Orisha of Puerto Rico, for all the information and help provided. Likewise, I would like to thank Mrs. Sarah Lora Daigle-Omí Toñí, Public Relations and Editor; Mr. Eric Daigle-Elefunké, Editor for English content; Mr. Turi Santana-Olokun De, for providing the English translation and collaboration; and Ms. Kathryn Forestal-Yomí Yomí for providing her assistance as English content editor. We also want to recognize Mr. Wallice de la Vega, Webmaster and designer.
Our objective is to offer accurate and updated information with a calendar of Ocha information, such as anniversaries, priestly ordinations, batá drumming, etc. We are hoping to continually help serve you and the community better.
Mo yewo obun olodumare alejo ile ase egbe gbogbo orisa egun.
Jose Merced- Yeguede
Member of National
African Religion Congress