A brief introduction:
My name is Dr. Orlando I. Benedict y Gonzalez, also known as Adajunche Awo Ifafore (Osa Guleya), or more simply "Padrino Orlando". I am a babalawo, or consecrated priest of Ifa, an afro-cuban religious tradition that some people refer to as Santeria. This is a combination of the East African Yoruba people earth-based religious beliefs with Christianity, specifically with Catholicism. It was created in Cuba from where it spread to most countries in North, Central and South America. From Christianity derive the names of saints used by the enslaved Yorubas after they arrived in Cuba during the 18th and 19th centuries. They clevery hid their worship by disguising their Orishas, as they name their saints, as Catholic saints. They chose Church saints that had similar associated colors or characteristics to their own Orishas. Babalawo is the Yoruba term meaning "father of the mysteries". Ifa refers specifically to divination and spiritual counseling, and the babalawo as diviner and counselor occupies the position of high priest inside all of the Santeria community. A santero proper is a priest representing one of the Orishas. The Orisha of divination and spiritual counseling is Orunmila (called Orula for short in Cuba) and is christianized (syncretized) with Saint Francis of Asisi in the Catholic pantheon of saints.
Spiritual counseling, including traditional Afro-cuban divination using ancestral traditional techniques that date back millenia. As a matter of fact, Ifa divination goes back thousands of year in its formation. Its practice has remained unchanged for a longer period of time than several other major world spiritual traditions. Consulting a babalawo DOES NOT deprive someone of their own religion. In Cuba, Puerto Rico, Brazil, and other countries people often consult with a babalawo on their most intimate concerns, from issues regarding love to dead ancestors, these Christians, Moslems, Jews and others may feel more at ease in a familiar setting with less formality. Actually a babalawo is referred to as godfather ("Padrino") and is in effect consider as a caring and compassionate elder of the consultant. In brief, the babalawo is family, as well as non-dogmatic or judgmental.
By all means we strongly recommend people belonging to a particular church to participate in their own religious practices as determined by their respective faiths. We do not intend to remove believers of any faith from their churches, this in itself would be a violation of the ethical principles of Ifa that guide all conscientious babalawos.
This service is not of medical nature, we ask you to seek the advice of your physician or hospital for any and all medical conditions.
A fee for services is of course asked for. Extreme personal finances are taken into account in determining the fee. The babalawo's creed is to serve, not to be served.
Appointments in person are recommended and can be set up in our facilities in Grand Blanc, Michigan (see map) by sending an email to:
By writting a letter to:
PO Box 435
Grand Blanc, MI 48480-0435
Or by making a telephone call, you may leave a verbal or text message:
(If calling from out of the USA dial 1 before the phone number above)