The Bath&Bodyworks of Spirit
What is Botánica Irunmole?
A botánica is a store that sells candles, folk medicine, amulets, or otherwise magical/alternative medicinal items. While the word has basis in Spanish, meaning botany or plant, it is not always the case for the store itself. The world invokes understanding of spiritual works tied to ethnic groups and origins who were impacted by the slave trade centuries ago. Those slaves brought with them their beliefs, medicines, and rituals into new lands through South America, the Caribbean, Central America, and the Americas. Many people know the “Old wives’ tales” or “superstitions” these people influenced, but don’t always understand why they were blanketed as such. The fact is, many of these peoples had to hide their workings and beliefs as they were made to follow the traditions and beliefs of their masters. In so doing, traditions, such as IFA, morphed and melded, picked up bits and pieces to finally create Santeria, Voodoo, Hoodoo, Lucumi, and many more.
Irunmole were the entities sent, in the Yoruba Tradition, by Olorun to do tasks in the physical world. These ranking deities acted as liaisons, of a sort, between Orun (the invisible/spirit realm) and Aiye (the physical realm). They are regarded as the principle Orisha and are the 400+1.
Understanding not only where these beliefs came from and why they looked the way they do today is part of the mission of Botánica Irunmole, as well as elevating people of the world through education, love, and support. We are all destined to achieve the highest path in our lives and getting there may be half the battle, but getting guidance is most definitely the other half.
Let this community help be your guide.
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