by Anthony Ferreira
Esu is the dynamic element of everything that exists in the universe. He introduces disorder and quarrel in the human and divine world to maintain cosmic and social order. He keeps this continuity of order by submitting everything to movement and dependency. The universe is in a perpetual state of balance and unbalance ruled by dynamic and structural principles. He is the kinetic order behind all opposites in life, expansion and contraction, anger and joy, prosperity and poverty, love and hate, etc. He is a trouble-maker and a trickster, his nature is to put us in a state opposite to the one we are until we discern the real purpose of life. The main quality of Esu is to open and close the paths and establish harmony between the visible and invisible worlds. He represents the forces of these worlds that puts in motion the whole tradition of the Yorubas. He possesses a neutral energy that represents the individual Orisha of each animate and inanimate thing. Osanyin-Erinle Osanyin is a restless and proud Orisha with a vast repertoire of sorcery (Ashai) and magic (Ogun). He rules the whole plant kingdom together with a vast group of servants called elementals. His presence is associated with the preparation of medicines, magical potions, sorcery and talismanic magic. Osanyin has the whole plant pharmacopoeia at his disposal. Formerly this task was the sole
responsibility of Erinle. When he received the authority (Ase or Ashe) from Olodumare, he gained at the same time the monopoly of all plants, and the secrets to use them.
Hardcover: 340 pages