Arisun Idana Ile Aafin

Posted on 04 June 2009 by Babalawo Aworeni

The Arisun Idana Ile Aafin festival was held on Monday, June 1, 2009 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.

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 adura over the Ikin and Odu Oduduwa.

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


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


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.

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 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.

2 Comments For This Post

  1. Chief Iyalode Awo Agbaye/K.C.A.I.I. (Trinidad) Says:

    Aboru Aboye
    I am very happy to be able to see my father Baba Araba Agbaye, Ibekiji Orunmila, in the Arisun Idana Ile Aafin Festival. I am so sorry that I am not able to attend the Festival this year. I wish all blessings of Olodumare, Orunmila, Orishnla, Oduduwa and all the Orishas be upon all the participants and attendants, Chiefs both male and female, Babalawos, Iyanifas, Awos and Senior and Junior Elders and all those who have faith and believe in Olodumare and love our father THE SUPREME LEADER of all Yoruba people Worldwide.
    Our Honourable Araba and Olu Isese Agbaiye Chief Adisa Awoyemi Aworeni Mokoranwale.

  2. Yván Says:

    Thanks For all your visits to Venezuela.I´m from Egbe Orishaoko (Caracas Venezuela) and I would like have more informaition of rituals and anothers themes about odus orikis
    If you can send me materials to read, i´ll be very happy.
    Greetings to Ogunda kete. I hope go to your country some day. It´s one of my dreams.
    Aburu Aboye.

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