The first book to provide complete, specific instructions on casting the Dilogg“n, the cowrie-shell oracle of the Orishas. , Provides step-by-step instructions never before published, detailing requirements and procedure for casting the Dilogg“n. , Includes a detailed _mojubaÓ or prayer used to awaken the Orishas (spirit entities) for divination. ,Devotes an entire chapter to each of the twelve basic Odu (random patterns in which the sixteen shells fall), providing ritual mechanics and oracular meanings for all possible castings. ,The Afro-Cuban faith, known to outsiders as Santeria and to adherents as Las Reglas de Ocha de Los Lucumi, is not a static religion but a living conduit of energy for connecting the spirit world to our own. It came to the New World with the slave trade where it has evolved in response to the surrounding culture. For adherents of Lucumi, the Dilogg“n is the most important focus of worship: the sacred shells reveal the forces at play in an adherent's life. These forces are redefined and placated by the Orisha priest, who makes direct contact with the spirit world in an effort to help the adherent evolve.