Hoodoo Conjure Hoodoo Conjure Divination
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The okuele is a string or  chain that links together a series of eight disks or round tokens. It is used by babalawos  for everda consultations. After the correct prayers are said, the ocuele is thrown onto the mat and the position of the eight disks are read by the Babalawo. The pattern formed by the two lines, read from top to bottom, correspond to one of 256 oddus, or signs, that are associated with the sacred stories called patakís. 

 

It is cast upon a straw mat. The pattern formed by the two lines, read from top to bottom, correspond to one of 256 oddus, or signs, that are associated with the sacred stories called patakís.

The okuele symbolizes Oludamare's gift to Orumilla. It has 16 major patterns that the Opele can fall into, describing the 16 basic human condition. There are also 16 sub conditions, that go with the major condition.  Yhe babalawa is trained to interpret the patterns and diagnose the conditions out of the 256 possible conditions, which are represented by a series of 1s and 0s.