Araba Agbaye

Araba Agbaye

The Araba Agbaye is head of all of the spiritual leaders throughout the world, he is the representative of Orunmila on earth. When Orunmila left the earth he appointed the Araba Agbaye to lead in his place.

The title Araba Agbaye can only be given out of the Oketase compond in Ile-Ife. No other compound in the world can bear this title.

Odun Elefi Araba Agbaye is the festival of Orunmila, which commemorates the time when Orunmila was angry with the king of Ile-Ife. Orunmila changed into a leopard and chased the king out of town. At this festival, when the reigning Araba changes into the leopard, the king can never look upon him. The Araba marches to the palace and symbolically re-creates chasing the king out of town.

There is no festival performed in Ile-Ife without the presence of the Araba Agbaye. During Itapa festival, the Araba will take Ifa to the Orisanla shrine. During the Oduduwa festival the Araba will send the cock, the cutlass and the hoe, representing when Orunmila gave these items to Oduduwa to create the earth. During the Olojo Ogun festival there is a special meeting between the Araba and the Ooni.

Any title given by the Araba Agbaye will bear the name Awo Agbaye.

The Araba Agbaye is the leader of the Awoolodumerindilogun. This group of 16 special highest ranking babalawos are as follows:

    1. Araba Agbaye
    2. Agbongbon
    3. Akoda
    4. Aseda
    5. Awise Awo Agbaye
    6. Tedimole Awo Ilare
    7. Megbon Awo Iremo
    8. Kirindin Awo Idita
    9. Oyin Pepe Awo Ilegbudu
    10. Obakinala Awo Ijugbe
    11. Sekinda Awo Oranmiyan
    12. Jolofinpe
    13. Etitangegere Awo Imojubi
    14. Adefalu
    15. Afedigba koru Sawo Olofin
    16. Loriwarefa Awo olofin

Out of the first set of 16 highest ranking babalawos were born the next set of chieftaincy titles,

1. Sere Awo Atiba
2. Osekererelbija Awo Oluorogbo
3. Eleruda Awo Ido

4. Amosun
5. Dosumu
6. Eremi Awo Ode Owo
7. Amore
8. Abopele
9. Eleshi Awo Ileoyan
10. Agesinyowa
11. Dawoderi Awo Jubi
12. Apesin
13. Elewi Awo Ile Ado
14. Fidipote
15. Abole
16. Sisinku Awo Isojo

After these title sets, is the title set of Oluawo called Oluwo. After the Oluwo are the Lodagba and Olori Eledgan  followed by the Ojugbona Olori, Ojugbona Resa and all other Ojugbona. After the Ojugbona is the title set Imoyin.

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