In the religion of La Regla Lucumi one of the Orishas of healing is Babalu Aye. Honored on December 17th (which is the feast day for St. Lazaro,) people leave offerings, make pilgrimages, and cook healing feasts. My post The Healing Power of San Lazaro talks about “Babalu Aye is the God of sickness, of infectious disease, and consequently of healing. His name has been translated as the “king who hurts the world.” Babalu Aye is worshiped under many different names. His name is Sonponno among the Yoruba, and Sakpata or Sagbata among the Fon of West Africa. Some believe his name is so sacred it is not to be spoken.”
As always, I strongly advocate initiation in African Traditional Religion so you can receive individualized guidance and attention from a teacher. This especially true when one is seeking guidance around medical concerns, both traditional medical professionals and spiritual practitioners should be consulted if you are dealing with these things.
Babaluaye Healing Popcorn Recipe – covered with healing herbs and spices this popcorn is great to use as an offering to the Orisha Babalu Aye, or eat yourself to gain health and success.
6 cups popped popcorn
3 Tbs melted butter
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. dried parsley
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
Place the popcorn into a large bowl. Combine the rest of the ingredients together in a measuring cup and mix well. Pour over popcorn. Toss well to coat. If this is to be used as an offering, please omit the salt. This is customary in the tradition. If you are eating it yourself, however, you may need to grab that salt shaker. Enjoy. Makes 6 servings.
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