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Arisun Idana Ile Aafin 2017

Posted on 30 May 2017 by Babalawo Aworeni

The Arisun Idana Ile Aafin festival was held on Monday, May 29, 2016 in Ile-Ife. In this festival, the Araba and the elder the Awos must pick the Ewe (leaf) at the Osara Shrine and use it to wash the Ikin and Odu of Oduduwa. These are the Ikin held by the Ooni of Ife.

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At night all the Awos and the Chiefs in Ile-Ife, including Lowa, Jaran, and Omirin (Emese) sleep in the palace. In the early morning they feed the Ikin and the Odu of Oduduwa. Also in the morning the Awos will go to Oketase and continue to say iwure over the Ikin and Odu Oduduwa.

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Before the procession to the Osara Shrine in the afternoon the elder chiefs met at Oketase.

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Following the meeting, the precession began down the streets in the center of Ile-Ife towards the Osara Shrine.

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The elder Awos and chiefs continued to the Osara Shrine to pick the Ewe while the rest of the precession and the Ojugbona stopped at the Origi in the Moniki compound. The younger Awos and Ojugbona of Oketase fed the Origi. They said many prayers, recited Odu Ifa, sang and danced.

The precession through the streets ended at the Ooni’s Palace.

That evening the Awos returned to the Ooni’s Palace to feed and pray over the Ikin and Odu of Orunmila.

The singing and dancing of the elder Awos continued throughout the night

The Awo’s stayed in the Ooni’s Palace all night celebrating and chanting adura until the early morning.

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Orunmila historically helped Oduduwa feed his Ikin and Odu. During this festival the Araba Agbaye as the representative of Orunmila on Earth helps the Ooni to feed the Ikin and Odu logboje of Oduduwa.

This festival refers to the Egbodo Ooni, which must be performed for the New Year to be ushered in. The Ooni must eat a spiritual yam for the sacrifice to be complete. Five days following the Egbodo Ooni and feeding of Oduduwa’s Ikin and Odu, the Orunmila Babarami Agboniregun festival will take place the Oketase World Ifa Temple .

Oloye Oloriwarefa Owolabi  Aworeni.

 

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Odun Agbon Osara and Olokun Festival

Posted on 06 May 2017 by Babalawo Aworeni

This festival is the celebration of Osa and Olokun.  The odu Ifa that talks about this festival is Osa Meji.

Refurefu laa dana ehin,tiomitiomi laa gbago difa fun Osara to maa gbegunyo nitori omo. Nje olomo lo laye o,Osara mon komode o.Osara dun juyo olori omi ni yeye.

It was divined for Olokun and Osa. Osa and Olokun are the wives of Oduduwa. During this time only Olokun had money Osa was very poor.   Olokun is the first wife of Oduduwa and did not have any children. Because of her childlessness she advised Oduduwa to marry another wife. This second wife is Osa.

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Both Osa and Olokun were told to make the sacrifice. Only Osa made the sacrifice. Osa was the only one to have children and Olokun remained  childless.

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During this festival the king calls all his children to wear Agbon and celebrate.  Only Osa had the children and Olokun did not have the children to dance in the festival.

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They sing:

olomo loni laye

osara mo ko omode

o oye ye ko oyeko.

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Because Olokun didn’t have children she was sad and went to the sea.  THis is why she left Ile-Ife and went to Eko and changed to the ocean.  In the end Orunmila made an extraordinarily large sacrifice for her to have children and at last she had children.

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The Agbon festival is celebrated every year and this year was enjoyed and attend by the Araba Agbaye, his children, all the Awos, the Emese, Osara people and their children.

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Orishada would like to thank all who  attended this year’s Agbon festival and we look forward to next year’s festivities.

Ododun lari orogbo

Ododun lari arusa

Ododun lari omo obi lori ate

 Ododun la o ma ri lode isalaye

Ododun lawo toro lowo olodumare

Won ko ni fi enikeni sa wa ti o

Gbogbo Eyin Ololufe Orishada Ibanuje koni je ti yin o Ase

Adupe gidigidi lowo gbogbo ololufe wa Ase ye samo odun asamodun semi Ase o.

Oloye Olori Iwarefa/Ihanrefa Owolabi Aworeni.

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