Friday, July 30, 2004

PRETOS-VELHOS/OLD-BLACKS - part 2 of 2

The line of Pretos-Velhos is one, but each medium is governed by his/her own Orisha. Considering the Pretos-Velhos work under the Orishas, it is natural that some differences exist amongst the Pretos-Velhos.

Some ways to differentiate the Pretos-Velhos according to the phalange it belongs, we notice that the way they incorporate is different, as well as the way they work (with herbs, prayers, etc).

Some examples to better understand what was just said:

PRETOS-VELHOS OF THE PHALANGE OF OGUM:
The incorporation takes place faster and they do not have a lot of patience with their medium or with the people who they are talking to.
They are very straight forward in the way they talk and sometimes it seems like they are fighting.

PRETOS-VELHOS OF THE PHALANGE OF OXUM:
The incorporation takes place very slowly, as well as the way they speak, which transmits total serenity.

They are experts in the art of "making us think". There are lots of reflexion during a consultation with a Preto-Velho of Oxum. Sometimes we leave the consultation even more confused, which works as a way of development.

PRETOS-VELHOS OF THE PHALANGE OF XANGO:
These are very difficult to see incorporated. They take over the medium in a very fast incorporation, such as the Preto-Velho of Ogum. They work to help the person to obtain material stability.

PRETOS-VELHOS OF THE PHALANGE OF IANSA:
They are very fast to incorporate and to speak. As the Pretos-Velhos of Ogum, they do not have a lot of patience with their medium.
Usually their consultation has a big impact to the person, causing the person to think a lot and to change ideas very fast. This happens basically because this Preto-Velho who works under the Orisha Iansa knows a broad number of topics and discuss them very lively.
These Pretos-Velhos have a strong characteristic, which is to clean up the area and the persons around him/her. Some spirits that just recently passed away and do not accept that they have to go to another level are usually sent away by these Pretos-Velhos.

PRETOS-VELHOS OF THE PHALANGE OF OXOSSI:
These Pretos-Velhos are more playful, with happy and fast incorporations.
They usually talk to many people at the same time. Their specialty is to prescribe natural medicine for the body and spirit.

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