Aboru Aboye o!, I greet you all in the language of Ifa and of all traditional people, from the holy Odu Ogunda Meji. Today, August 20th 2016, all Orisha People in Nigeria and around the world will celebrate Isese day (e-shay-shay), which is Day of Tradition. Today in Nigeria all Babalawo’s, Iyanifa’s, Olorishas and everyone who practices the traditional way of life which is the practice, worship and veneration of Ifa/Orisha will celebrate this day for all its worth. The appropriate greeting for this day is Isese Lagba (E-shay-shay-Lag-ba) which means tradition is the best way, or tradition is on top of all religions. After someone greets you “Isese Lagba,” you will answer Isese Lagba Gbogbo Wa (E-shay-shay- Bug-bo Wa!) which means tradition will stay with us always.
Hello everyone, I have not posted for a while because I am in Africa and have been very busy. It will be a few weeks before I can get to posting regularly again. I thank all who have been registering as members, and all who have emailed me and also those who comment on the various posts here. E Ku Odun to all! Read More
Here again is another Pataki/story from the holy scriptures of Odu’s, this one pertains to the holy Odu of Irete(E-reh-teh) Ogbe (ugg-beh), Irete-Ogbe or Atge-Be. You are all very privileged to learn these stories. My husband narrated this to me. As I have said before each Odu has over four thousand interpretations, and they are 256 Odu’s, no one Babalawo’s knows all. Stories such as these are known as Ese Ifa these are stories which apart of many which makes up each Odu. Read More
Aboru Aboye Abosise to all initiates of Ifa and Alafia (the greeting of Peace and good health) to all who will see and read this post today. This post is part of a paper shared with me, it is from the University Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria. Divining Ifa is quite complex, hence the years of training and study for one to become Babalawo. No one gets up today and is Babalawo by the morning. Ifa is the binary code of Life, it is intricate, and systemized. We thank Orunmila for what he left with us, and we thank the competent Babalawo’s (Orunmila’s earthly representatives) for their devotion and care, for all who will come in contact with them in the role as client. The information here is quite deep and extensive, please read, learn and enjoy. Read More
In the video provided, the Otun explains the functions of some Orishas. He will not only tell us their functions and service to human beings, but also their associations and function to each other. He will explain the importance of each of them to the development of mankind and to the earth itself and also the benevolence of our wonderful Orunmila, also known as Ifa. His accent maybe a little heavy for some of you who will view it, therefore I have painstakingly added subtitles for your clearer understanding, on the video, just press CC to activate the subtitles and they will appear when the English explanations begin. The video is a bit long and a part of a sacrifice he had just performed for a customer, so in the beginning of the video, you will see him finishing up the sacrifice he was doing before. I did not upload everything, my aim was the actual interview of the explanation of the Orishas. Read More
I greet you all in the traditional greetings of initiates, Aboru Aboye Abosise. Today I want to share with you a story from the holy scriptures of Ifa, from the Odu Ifa Ogbe (ugg-beh) Osa (Oh-Sah), otherwise known as Ogbe-Sa (All Odu’s have nicknames). There are 256 major Odu’s of Ifa, which involves 16 major Odu’s which are the Meji’s or the sixteen Kings or Elders and 240 permutations (born from the 16, or inter marry), equaling 256.
The Babalawo, a well trained priest and the client has a very important relationship, akin to a Doctor and his patient. In his role of diviner and priest, he must be competent. Well trained enough to consult through the Oracle of Ifa the clients problem, which he will receive in a binary coded language called Odu, through the application of the Oracle he uses. The Odu will appear, and he must thereafter find out its orientation, whether it came in Ire (positive) or (Ibi) negative. Read More
Below is a paper from the University of Ilorin, Ilorin Nigeria that was shared with me. I just shared a small piece of the paper, the part which explains the Babalawo and his function. Who he is and how he is supposed to act. There are many impostors out in the world nowadays, but as with everything, good ones are still around. It pains me when people speak ill of Babalawo’s, putting the fakes in with genuine people. Everyone has their own character and characteristic flaws, but for someone to bear the name Babalawo, it is not an easy task. Read More
Good morning I found these articles on the internet this morning, where the writers discussed Iwa Pele (e-wah–peh-leh) good or gentle character. In the tradition of Ifa/ Orisha the qualities of Iwa-Pele is what is expected of any Awo or practitioner of Ifa. The Babalawos here in Africa tells me, that with Iwa Pele, one is able to calm down, speak and deal gently. Iwa Pele allows one to be gentle and of a good and kind nurture , seeing the world as it is and realizing that their actions from a benevolent stand point can affect not only their fellow beings but also the world and everything within which will not only aid in their health but also create for them long life. Iwa Pele is being the best person you can be and not only to each other but in also respecting nature and the earth in which you live. Read More
It may be impossible for anyone to know much less understand the inner workings or even topically of what is referred to as Witches, also known in Yoruba Land as the Elders of the night, Iyami Osoronga, or night people. This society of elders (not relating to age but of knowledge and power) are a phenomena. In Africa, whenever there is any spiritual party or what is called festival they are in full attendance but no one knows who they are, so they dance around and eat and enjoy in the company of everyone. However if the party is held by Babalawo or an knowledgeable initiates, he or she must recognize them and pay his or her respect to them in a way he or she knows how to and also in way as not to reveal their identity. Read More