The Sacred Leaves Trilogy teaches the reader to create magical recipes using the powers of plants in the African-religious culture
Written by Diego de Oxóssi, second volume of the trilogy presents the biggest dictionary of magic herbs published in Brazil
After ten years of research and experiences in Umbanda and Candomblé temples of Porto Alegre and São Paulo, Diego de Oxóssi learned to use the magic power of the sacred leaves for these religions. From this learning came the idea of writing a guide that could pass on tips and techniques on this use: how to identify and classify the leaves and their acting power, how to combine them to create their own magic recipes and how to awaken their power sacred.
"Since ancient times, Nature has been the source of magic, healing and re-encounter with the Sacred. Natives, blacks and Europeans have always resorted to the hidden power of sacred leaves for the manufacture of medicines or rituals - after all, if the body gets sick, it is because the spirit suffers", explains the author.
The success of the first volume of the trilogy, "The Power of Leaves", released in December 2016 and with more than 4,500 copies sold, inspired Diego to write the second volume of the collection, which will be released at the São Paulo International Book Fair, next August. “The Magic of Leaves” is the biggest dictionary on the liturgical use of the leaves published in Brazil: 365 different species, organized and classified by their popular names, scientific names, regent Orishas and religious characteristics, as well as the description of magical powers and potentials of each of them.
"I realized that in addition to teaching 'how', people wanted to know 'with what'. That the theory of volume 1 was important, but that - as in cooking - to create a good recipe you need to know the ingredients", he says. "To write the rest of the trilogy, I challenged myself to answer three questions: 'how?', 'With what?' and 'can you do even better?'", he explains.
Forthe next year, the author releases "The Secret of Leaves", completing the trilogy!
The Magic of Leaves
232 pages, paperback
Cover price: R$53,00 | ISBN 9788590624080
Available at: www.arolecultural.com.br/shop/a-magia-das-folhas
The Power of Leaves
184 pages, paperback
Cover price: R$53,00 | ISBN 9788590624059
Available at: www.arolecultural.com.br/shop/o-poder-das-folhas
About the author
Diego de Oxóssi is graduated in Processes Management at Universidade Anhembi Morumbi and in Integral Systemic Coaching by FEBRACIS. Priest of Kimbanda and Babalosha of Candomblé, for the last 8 years works with personal development and spiritual guidance throughout Brazil and abroad. For more than 15 years, Diego de Oxóssi has been dedicated to the research, development and presentation of courses, lectures and workshops on pagan and African-Brazilian religions, their regional expression forms and the integration of their rituals with society.
About Arole Cultural
The publishing house was founded in 2015 by Diego do Oxóssi, aiming to translate the culture of the Orishas in an objective and easy way for the lay reader or for anyone who already has an interest in the subject "Arole means `the heir` in Yoruba language - one who carries a tradition. This is the mission and the main goal of our titles and brand: help spread African religions, breaking down taboos and stigmata, demystifying and deconstructing prejudices and showing that we are all equal in our differences", explains the founder and writer.