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18 July 2011 @ 04:06 pm
Advanced Divination Skills: Odi (7) and Unle (8)  

Instructor: Ócháni Lele (B. Stuart Myers)

Core Objectives: To build on the basic foundations learned in the previous class, “Basic Diloggún Divination.” Using the material learned in the previous class plus the writings about the root odu in The Secrets of Afro-Cuban Divination and the material about the root odu Odí (7) and Unle (8) and their composites in The Diloggún, students will be taught to think critically and create their own assessments of the odu Odí Okana (7-1) through Unle Merindilogún (8-16). Adding to this, the ashé integral and essential to the composites 7-1 through 8-16 will be lectured on in class. Each composite is a container of almost limitless ashé, lore, meaning, proverbs, prohibitions, and ebó; and, these things will be studied in conjunction with their orientations of iré (blessings) and osogbo (misfortunes). Lecture material is from unpublished sources, mostly my private notes. There will be a special focus on proverbs, patakís, and ebós.

Required Textbook: Students will need both The Secrets of Afro-Cuban Divination (Destiny Books, 2000) and The Diloggún (Destiny Books, 2003).

Suggested Texts: Teachings of the Santería Gods (Destiny Books, 2010) and Diloggún Tales (Destiny Books, November 2011) when it becomes available. Keep your Mercedes Nobles notes handy as these will be essential resource material as well.

Class One: I will lecture on Metanlá – Thirteen Mouths

Read before class: In Secrets, pages 343 –347.

Read (for homework): In Secrets, pages 347 – 349 about the odu Merinlá. Also, in preparation for the advanced work beginning with the homework assignments for class 4, read and review the following pages in Secrets: pages 55 through 63 about the root odu Okana; pages 73 through 79 about the root odu Eji Oko; pages 91 through 101 about the root odu Ogundá; and, pages 115 through 121 about the root odu Irosun. Review all lecture notes from Basic Diloggún Divination on the general, positive, and negative meanings of those signs: Okana, Eji Oko, Ogundá, and Irosun. If you have time, review the Mercedes Nobles notes.

Class Two: I will lecture on Merinlá – Fourteen Mouths

Read (for homework): 349 – 350 about Marunlá. Also, in preparation for the advanced work beginning with the homework assignments for class 4, read and review the following pages in Secrets: pages 137 through 147 about Oché; pages 161 through 172 about Obara; pages 185 through 191 about Odí; and, pages 205 through 213 about Unle. Review all lecture notes from Basic Diloggún Divination on the general, positive, and negative meanings of these signs: Oché, Obara, Odí, and Unle. If you have time, review the Mercedes Nobles notes.

Class Three: I will lecture on Marunlá – Fifteen Mouths

Read (for homework): 350 – 352 about Merindilogún. Also, in preparation for the advanced work beginning with the homework assignments in class 4, read and review the following pages in Secrets: pages 231 through 241 on Osá; pages 257 through 271 on Ofún; pages 289 through 300 about Owani; and, pages 313 through 327 about Ejila Shebora. Review all lecture notes from Basic Diloggún Divination on the general, positive, and negative meanings of these odu: Osá, Ofún, Owani, and Ejila Shebora. If you have time, review the Mercedes Nobles notes on the same odu.

Class Four: I will lecture on Merindilogún – Sixteen Mouths

Read (for homework): In Secrets, pages 185 through 192; and pages 205 through 214. In The Diloggún, 299 through 311; pages 348 – 360. In the suggested text, Teachings of the Santeria Gods, start studying the patakís of the root odu for Odí (pages 130 through 144) and Unle (pages 145 through 166). In Diloggún Tales, read the patakí for Unle Okana (8-1) titled “The Rock and the Cactus” on pages 113 – 114.

Prepare (for homework): Based off material learned in the basic class, prepare your own initial, general assessments of Odí Okana and Unle Okana. Note that these assessments are due the SUNDAY before class to give me time to read them. The two best assessments will be distributed to the rest of the class, so make this your best work!

Class Five: I will lecture on Odí Okana (7-1) and Unle Okana (8-1)

Read (for homework): In Secrets, page 192 – 193 and page 214 – 215. In The Diloggún, pages 311 – 313 and pages 361 – 363. In the suggested text, Teachings of the Santeria Gods, continue studying the patakís of the root odu for Odí (pages 130 through 144) and Unle (pages 145 through 166). In Diloggún Tales, read the patakí of Unle Ejioko (8-2) titled “How the Moon Fooled the Sun and Saved the Earth” on pages 114 – 118.

Prepare (for homework): Based off material learned in the basic class, prepare your own initial, general assessments of Odí Ejioko and Unle Ejioko. Note that these assessments are due the SUNDAY before class to give me time to read them. The two best assessments will be distributed to the rest of the class, so make this your best work!

Class Six: I will lecture on Odí Ejioko (7-2) and Unle Ejioko (8-2)

Read (for homework): In Secrets, pages 193 – 194. In The Diloggún, read pages 363 – 365 and 313 – 316. In the suggested text, Teachings of the Santeria Gods, continue studying the patakís of the root odu for Odí (pages 130 through 144) and Unle (pages 145 through 166). In Diloggún Tales, read pages 102 – 106 (“Iroko, the Tree of Life”). This is a patakís found in the odu Odí Ogundá (7-3). In Diloggún Tales, read the patakí for Unle Ogundá (8-3) titled “The Waxing and Waning of the Moon” on pages 119 – 120. Also, read the additional patakí given for the odu Unle Ogundá (8-3) titled “Ekún Fails to Make Ebó” on pages 121 – 124.

Prepare (for homework): Based off material learned in the basic class, prepare your own initial, general assessments of Odí Ogundá and Unle Ogundá. Note that these assessments are due the SUNDAY before class to give me time to read them. The two best assessments will be distributed to the rest of the class, so make this your best work!

Class Seven: I will lecture on Odí Ogundá (7-3) and Unle Ogundá (8-3)

Read (for homework): In Secrets, pages 194 – 195 and 216 -- 218. In The Diloggún, pages 316 – 319 and pages 365 – 367. In the suggested text, Teachings of the Santeria Gods, continue studying the patakís of the root odu for Odí (pages 130 through 144) and Unle (pages 145 through 166). In Diloggún Tales, read the patakí for Unle Irosun (8-4) titled “The Tale of Cotton” on pages 124 – 128.

Prepare (for homework): Based off material learned in the basic class, prepare your own initial, general assessments of Odí Irosun and Unle Irosun. Note that these assessments are due the SUNDAY before class to give me time to read them. The two best assessments will be distributed to the rest of the class, so make this your best work!

Class Eight: I will lecture on Odí Irosun (7-4) and Unle Irosun (8-4)

Read (for homework): In Secrets, pages 195 and 218 – 220. In The Diloggún, pages 319 – 322 and pages 367 – 369. In the suggested text, Teachings of the Santeria Gods, continue studying the patakís of the root odu for Odí (pages 130 through 144) and Unle (pages 145 through 166).

Prepare (for homework): Based off material learned in the basic class, prepare your own initial, general assessments of Odí Oché and Unle Oché. Note that these assessments are due the SUNDAY before class to give me time to read them. The two best assessments will be distributed to the rest of the class, so make this your best work!

Class Nine: I will lecture on Odí Oché (7-5) and Unle Oché (8-5)

Read (for homework): In Secrets, pages 196 and 220. In The Diloggún, pages 322 – 325 and pages 369 – 371. In Diloggún Tales, read the patakí of Odí Obara (7-6) “How the Birds Got Their Wings.” This is on pages 107 – 109. Also, read the story “How the Maraca Was Born,” another patakí of the odu Odí Obara (7-6). This is on pages 109 – 110.

Prepare (for homework): Based off material learned in the basic class, prepare your own initial, general assessments of Odí Obara and Unle Obara. Note that these assessments are due the SUNDAY before class to give me time to read them. The two best assessments will be distributed to the rest of the class, so make this your best work!

Class Ten: I will lecture on Odí Obara (7-6) and Unle Obara (8-6)

Read (for homework): In Secrets, pages 196 – 197 and pages 221 – 222. In The Diloggún, 325 – 329 and pages 371 – 374. In Diloggún Tales, read the patakí for Odí Meji (7-7) titled “The Pact of the Hand and the Anus” on pages 111 – 112. In Diloggún Tales, read the patakí for Unle Odí (8-7) titled “The Calabash of Ashé” on pages 128 – 130.

Prepare (for homework): Based off material learned in the basic class, prepare your own initial, general assessments of Odí Meji and Unle Odí. Note that these assessments are due the SUNDAY before class to give me time to read them. The two best assessments will be distributed to the rest of the class, so make this your best work!

Class Eleven: I will lecture on Odí Meji (7-7) and Unle Odí (8-7)

Read (for homework): In Secrets, read pages 197 – 199 and 222 – 223. In The Diloggún, read pages 329 – 332 and pages 374 – 378.

Prepare (for homework): Based off material learned in the basic class, prepare your own initial, general assessments of Odí Unle and Unle Meji. Note that these assessments are due the SUNDAY before class to give me time to read them. The two best assessments will be distributed to the rest of the class, so make this your best work!

Class Twelve: I will lecture on Odí Unle (7-8) and Unle Meji (8-8)

Read (for homework): In Secrets, read pages 199 and 223 – 224. In The Diloggún, read pages 332 – 334 and pages 378 – 382.

Prepare (for homework): Based off material learned in the basic class, prepare your own initial, general assessments of Odí Osá and Unle Osá. Note that these assessments are due the SUNDAY before class to give me time to read them. The two best assessments will be distributed to the rest of the class, so make this your best work!

Class Thirteen: I will lecture on Odí Osá (7-9) and Unle Osá (8-9)

Read (for homework): In Secrets, read pages 199 and 224 – 225. In The Diloggún, read pages 335 – 337 and pages 382 – 383.

Prepare (for homework): Based off material learned in the basic class, prepare your own initial, general assessments of Odí Ofún and Unle Ofún. Note that these assessments are due the SUNDAY before class to give me time to read them. The two best assessments will be distributed to the rest of the class, so make this your best work!

Class Fourteen: I will lecture on Odí Ofún (7-10) and Unle Ofún (8-10)

Read (for homework): In Secrets, pages 199 – 200 and 225 – 226. In The Diloggún, pages 337 – 338 and 383 – 385.

Prepare (for homework): Based off material learned in the basic class, prepare your own initial, general assessments of Odí Owani and Unle Owani. Note that these assessments are due the SUNDAY before class to give me time to read them. The two best assessments will be distributed to the rest of the class, so make this your best work!

Class Fifteen: I will lecture on Odí Owani (7-11) and Unle Owani (8-11)

Read (for homework): In Secrets, read pages 200 and 226. In The Diloggún, read pages 338 – 340 and 385 – 387.

Prepare (for homework): Based off material learned in the basic class, prepare your own initial, general assessments of Odí Ejila and Unle Ejila. Note that these assessments are due the SUNDAY before class to give me time to read them. The two best assessments will be distributed to the rest of the class, so make this your best work!

Class Sixteen: I will lecture on Odí Ejila (7-12) and Unle Ejila (8-12)

Read (for homework): In Secrets, read pages 200 – 201 and 226. In The Diloggún, read pages 340 – 342 and pages 387 – 388.

Prepare (for homework): Based off the material learned in the basic class, prepare your own initial, general assessments of Odí Ejila and Unle Ejila. Note that these assessments are due the SUNDAY before class to give me time to read them. The two best assessments will be distributed to the rest of the class, so make this your best work!

Class Seventeen: I will lecture on Odí Metanlá (7-13) and Unle Metanlá (8-13)

 

Read (for homework): In Secrets, read pages 201 and 226. In The Diloggún, read pages 342 – 343 and 388 – 389.

Prepare (for homework): Based off the material learned in the basic class, prepare your own initial, general assessments of Odí Merinlá (7-14) and Unle Merinlá (8-14). Note that these assessments are due the SUNDAY before class to give me time to read them. The two best assessments will be distributed to the rest of the class, so make this your best work!

Class Eighteen: I will lecture on Odí Merinlá (7-14) and Unle Merinlá (8-14)

Read (for homework): In Secrets, read pages 202 and 227. In The Diloggún, read pages 343 – 344 and 389 – 391.

Prepare (for homework): Based off the material learned in the basic class, prepare your own initial, general assessments of Odí Marunlá (7-15) and Unle Marunlá (8-15). Note that these assessments are due the SUNDAY before class to give me time to read them. The two best assessments will be distributed to the rest of the class, so make this your best work!

Class Nineteen: I will lecture on Odí Marunlá (7-15) and Unle Marunlá (8-15)

Read (for homework): In Secrets, read pages 202 – 204 and 227 – 230. In The Diloggún, read pages 344 – 347 and 391 – 394.

Prepare (for homework): Based off the material learned in the basic class, prepare your own initial, general assessments of Odí Merindilogún (7-16) and Unle Merindilogún (8-16). Note that these assessments are due the SUNDAY before class to give me time to read them. The two best assessments will be distributed to the rest of the class, so make this your best work!

Class Twenty: I will lecture on Odí Merindilogún (7-16) and Unle Merindilogún (8-16). I will also lecture on what to do when the odu in these families do not close out.