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The word aguanile originates in the West African Yoruba language. The nation of Cuba was heavily influenced by Western African religions and languages when colonists and settlers brought African slaves to the country. In particular, those of the Yoruba religion brought the gods and demigods of their lore—called orishas—and eventually developed a distinctly Afro-Cuban religion known as Santeria.

Over time, the Yoruba-derived Lucumi language developed a word that was meant to honor the demigod Ogun and pay him respects, particularly in cleansing rituals. Aguanile, sometimes spelled “agguanile,” is meant to convey the meaning “cleanse yourself” or “cleanse your house [or possessions].” This calls upon the idea of sacrificially purifying oneself before Ogun and has been extended to the generic concept of holy water.

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Aguanile is a word derived from the Yoruba language, which is originally of West African origin and later came to Cuba. The Cuban religion of Santeria developed after slavery brought many West African natives to the island, and with them came many Yoruba traditions. The word “aguanile” is associated with one of the demigods, or orishas, of Santeria—in particular the demigod of war and metal, Ogun.

The word is formed by the two halves “aguan” (or “agguan”), which means cleansing or cleaning, and “ile,” which refers to a person’s house or home. It is used in chants and incantations worshiping the demigod, as a call to offer a holy sacrifice to curry the demigod’s favor. Because of the association with water, sometimes the word is also used to mean “holy water” or similar ideas.

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Aguanile is a Yoruba word incorporated by the Afro-Cuban Santeria religion. Yoruba is a West African language. The population of Cuba is culturally mixed, and it is also mixed in the religious field, where various liturgical beliefs converge. Santeria is the most important religion of African origin brought to Cuba by African slaves. The slaves managed to keep their religious beliefs alive: they demonstrated resistance...

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AGGUANILE, means purification of the spirit

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Aguan= a cleansing. 
Ile= house 

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