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Odun Ilefin Araba Agbaye 2010

Posted on 24 June 2010 by Babalawo Aworeni

The Odun Elefin festival for the Araba Agbaye was held Tuesday, June 22, 2010. This is the festival of Orunmila where the Araba Agbaye will pray for all Ifa devotees. During the celebration the Araba became the Ekun Orisa, where he symbolically transformed into a leopard. The symbol of the leopard can only be represented by the Araba Agbaye.

Mo po ju wo eyin kin ri oba Araba da amotekun odese odieranko abifinlara

This proverb is for the Araba Agbaye and says to look back to see the King, the Araba has turned into the leopard.

The Araba and all the people gather proceed to the Ooni’s Palace. On the way to the Palace the Araba and all the Awo do  many spiritual rituals.

All the Ojugbona sing and chant adura at the Palace. All the Awoolodumerindinlogun consulted Ifa when at the palace. Then they went to the Araba Agbaye and recited the Odu that fell. Because of the secret nature of the true consultation, all the Awoolodumerindinlogun when asked by the Araba in public they replied Eji Ogbe, Ire Aje, etc.

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World Ifa Festival 2010

Posted on 06 June 2010 by Babalawo Aworeni

The Orunmila Barami Agbonmiregun, the World Ifa Festival was held Saturday June 5, 2010 at Oketase the World Ifa Temple, Ile-Ife. This festival celebrates the New Year for all the traditional Yoruba practitioners.

This year’s World Ifa festival was attended by many from within Nigeria as well as from all over the world.  The rituals began in the early morning and continued into the following day.

In the morning of June 6,  all the babalawos and priests proceeded to the palace to personally greet the Ooni in the New Year and recite the meaning
of this year’s Odu.

In the early afternoon on June 6th the Awo returned to Oketase and made the sacrifice for the New Year.

The Odu for the New Year is : Ose Obara, Ire Aje

In this odu Ifa says that the individual should look to hear prayers from their father and to feed their father’s head.  Ifa says in this odu that one should be careful of adultery and to not befriend another man’s wife or another woman’s husband.  One should not eat fried corn.  Every Ifa devotee needs to face their Ifa and turn over all their problems to Ifa.

People will find wealth through the truth and the truth will be found in Ifa.  Ifa says that those who are looking for children will find them in this year.  Sacrifices should be made to the Aje (money)  use ekuru to feed it, father’s head, and Esu.  Also, ewa (beans) should be placed next to Ifa.

It is important this year to stay close to family, especially one’s father.

A  se odun modun lawo a se odun modun

A se oro moro lawo a se oro tori peodundun lawo

Tori lawo toro lowo olodumare a ni fi odun yin se asemo tori pe

The Araba Agbaye greets all the Ifa devotees around the world for the New Year.  The Ilefin Araba Festival begins Junes 22, 2010 and the Araba Agbaye looks forward to celebrating with all devotees who have gathered here in Ile-Ife.

If you would like to hear more about this year’s new Odu Ifa, receive a full explanation of your personal Odu Ifa or receive Orisa oriki, feel free to write us at, Orishada@gmail.com

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Elements of Ifa Part IV: Odu Ifa

Posted on 07 April 2010 by Babalawo Aworeni

Igi Ope at Oketase

Odu Ifa is an element that comes from the heavens and is used by Orunmila to assist human beings in their daily lives.  There are 256 Odu with 16 major Odu (Ojudumerindinlogun).  The remaining minor Odu are called Amulu.

When Odu was still in the heavens, Ofun Meji was their elder.  All the Odu gathered in the heavens to discuss coming to earth, however Ofun Meji wasn’t ready to leave heaven at that time.  In heaven Eji Ogbe was the youngest, however it was Eji Ogbe that came to earth first followed by Oyeku Meji, then Iwori Meji, Edi Meji, Obara Meji, Okanran Meji, Irosun Meji, Owonrin Meji, Ogunda Meji, Osa Meji, Irete Meji, Etura Meji, Eturopon Meji, Ika Meji Ose Meji, followed lastly by Ofun Meji.

Upon reaching the earth Ofun Meji began fighting the younger Odu in an attempt to regain the position that he held in the heavens.  He fought and defeated Ose Meji, Ika Meji, Etura Meji, Irete Meji, Osa Meji and Ogunda Meji.  When he fought Owonrin Meji there was no winner.  To this day no one knows the elder between Owonrin Meji and Ofun Meji.

The 16 Major Odu Ifa in Ile-Ife are as follows:

Eji Ogbe     Oyeku Meji     Iwori Meji     Edi Meji     Obara Meji    Okanran Meji

Irosun Meji     Owonrin Meji     Ogunda Meji     Osa Meji     Irete Meji

Etura Meji     Eturupon Meji     Ika Meji     Ose Meji     Ofun Meji

If you would like to have a full explanation of your personal Odu, complete with taboos please contact us at:  orishada@gmail.com

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Araba Agbaye: A Message to Ifa Practitioners

Posted on 05 February 2010 by Babalawo Aworeni

Aboru Aboye,

The Araba Agbaye has released the following statement:

I Araba Aworeni Awoyemi Adisa do not permit the unauthorized use of my name, image, or words to be used. Anything having to do with my name must be authorized by me especially when used to gain notoriety or money by the user.

It has come to the Araba Agbaye’s attention via the World Wide Web or internet that his name is being used as a means to gain money and notoriety. The Araba Agbaye has neither divined, given ebo instructions or authorized this to be done on his behalf in Venezuela. The advertisement of these services is false and is being done without his authorization.

Ake ko kumo enikokan

Ika kumo eniyan

Bi eniyan ba yo leda

ohun gangan a ma yo won se

A difa fun etutu ti se omo

Ikofa orunmila ni ojo to ba ni aya sun

Iro ti lo

Otito ti de o


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Igbe Ifa Pade Orisanla Lona- Itapa Festival

Posted on 21 January 2010 by Babalawo Aworeni

The Igbe Ifa Pade Orisanla Lona or the Ijekuru Itapa festival was held this week, January 20, 2010. This festival represents the the time when there was a war between Orisanla and Oduduwa. When the two Orisa were fighting a great war insued and Orunmila came to settle the dissagreement between the two of them.

During this festival the Araba Agbaye represents Orunmila, the Ooni of Ife along with the Emese represent Oduduwa and the members of Itapa represent Obatala. As a part of the festival the Araba took Ifa to the Enuwa to meet the members of Itapa where many rituals took place. All the Awoolodumerindinlogun were present and participated in the rituals. This day represents a war where Orunmila pleaded with Obatala and Oduduwa for peace. Orunmila pleaded with the two Orisha not to destroy Ile-Ife. After Orunmila settled the disagreement Oduduwa traveled to Itapa and the members of Itapa traveled to the palace to show that the war has ended and there is peace. All the people were happy and celebrated, good things were then able to enter the town.

It is important that only those directly involved in the peace proceeding be present during the festival. Because this festival represents a time of war only the Awo, Itapa members and the Emese Ooni were present. Throughout the day of the festival no outsider can pass in front of the Palace or Itapa or in front of Oketase.

The Odu Ifa that explains the story behind this festival is Irete Ogbe.

The Araba Agbaye and the Awoolodumerindinlogun

Members of Itapa

Obalesu and other Members of Itapa

Owolabi Aworeni and his brother Asiwaju Ijo Orunmila, with Ifa

Iya L’Orisa and members of Itapa

Isu gbojo odun isu pe ewe

Koko fi igba ojo la le

Akere gboun ojo o fi

Ikatere ona ofun

Difa fun odun to gberu ti

Kole orun bo wa otu Ife

A gbe odun kale

Odun ko lo mo

This incantation is from Etura Meji. It states that we will all continue to have good festivals throughout the New Year and beyond.

Orishada.com greets the member of Itapa for a wonderful festival this year. We also greet the Ooni of Ife, the Emese and all the Awo of Ife. We wish all a Happy Itapa Festival and a prosperous 2010.

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Apetebi: The Wife of Orunmila

Posted on 17 November 2009 by Babalawo Aworeni


An Apetebi is the name given to wife of Orunmila. It is also the name Orunmila gave to the wife of a Babalawo.

In the Odu Ifa Ogbe Sa, Ifa gives the story of how the Apeeibi became the wife of Orunmila. Ifa relates that Orunmila went to war in the town of Ilu obirin after all the efforts of the other Orisha were unsuccessful. Orunmila consulted Ifa, made the proper sacrifice and subsequently was able to defeat the uprising in Ilu obirin. The town of Iluobirin was inhabited by only women. These women were tied together with rope and taken back to the town where Orunmila resided. Once they arrived in town Orunmila’s advisers wanted to kill all of the women. Instead of killing the women Orunmila decided to make them Apetebi.

The difference between an Apetebi and an Iyanifa (female Ifa priest) is that an Apetebi is not necessarily initiated to Ifa but is a wife of a Babalawo. Whereas an Iyanifa is not only initiated to Ifa but is a learned Ifa priest.

After a woman marries a Babalawo, she is required to clean the area and house of Ifa every 5 days. It is necessary to keep the area where Ifa rests clean. She is always to take water to visitors when they arrive in the home. She must also honor her husband and cannot be rude. She should be respectful of all her husband;s omo Awo. She must be the keeper of her husband’s secrets and be careful of her words outside the home.

A Babalawo’s duties to an Apetebi include treating his wife with respect. He cannot beat or use harsh words towards her but must be cool tempered and patient. If a problem arises between a Babalawo and his his it must be solved amiably.

When feeding Ifa the Apetibi should bring Esin and use these materials to pray. There are many songs specific to Apetibi. In the Oketase temple in Ile-Ife, the Apetibi have Aro, which are roles specific to Apetibi in the Agboniregun and Ifa festivals. When Odu is being carried out Apetibi have Orin that is sung specifically at that time. During each occasion there are many necessary assignments and duties the Apetibi must perform. Through these many tasks the wives of Orunmila receive the blessings of Ifa.

Respect that is given to a Babalawo is also given to his Apetibi. The Apetibi has power. She was given cowries by Orunmila to divine for his clients in his absence. The Apetibi can divine with erindilogun. She has access to all of the Orisha houses. However she can never into the house of Odu or Oro. These places are forbidden to female. The Apetibi will wear Ide Ifa and traditional cloting. Another babalaow can never sit in the place where an Apetibi has just vacated.

The Apetebi is a valued member of the Ifa community.

Omo ti a fi etebi ki a ma pe ni Apetebi

Lubedo siko aya mi no

Ajagbakira aya mi ni se

Eri mi e dasi yayaya

Edo koyaya

O to ka daesi doko nu ka wa sere gba yi o

Emorora ka o emo ku aribo ode o

Ifa ati Orisa a gba wa o ase

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Elements of Ifa Part III: Implements of Ifa

Posted on 18 October 2009 by Babalawo Aworeni

The implements of Ifa are the spiritual items used by a Babalawo. The following list includes the primary implements used by an Ifa priest, however it must be noted that there are other special items that are used that cannot be listed. The primary implements used by an Ifa priest are as follows:

Ikin Ifa-


The Ikin were given by Orunmila to humans to divine on earthly matters. Orunmila gave them to people to divine for their problems. Whatever the Ikin is true and cannot be changed. Olodumare first gave the Ikin to Orunmila to consult then Orunmila gave them to human beings in order to have the guideline in life. If you consult with Ikin, the sacrifice must be made the same day.



Opele was the servant of Orunmila. Orunmila used money to buy him at the market. Orunmila discovered that Opele had knowledge, Opele was once a human being. He was handicap with a limp leg. Orunmia originally wanted to use Opele to clear the bush but when clients would come to visit Opele would speak their problems before Orunmila. Opele stayed in the house and divined for Orunmila’s visitors. One day when Orunmila was traveling, Opele was called to the palace to divine. While Opele was at the palace he committed a major offense. When Orunmila returned he was very angry and beat Opele on the head with the Iroke Ifa. Opele broke into eight pieces. Orunmila didn’t want to throw Opele away, but joined the pieces together and used him to consult.

There are many different types of Opele: Egbere, Agbigba, Akaragba, etc. Although Opele tells the truth Ikin is more accurate and Ikin are used for important consultations, like initiations.

Owo Eyo or Erindinlogun-


The cowries were presented to women through Osun. Orunmila gave them Osun to use to consult. The cowries are made for females and men should not use them. The Owo Eyo say the truth and are an important divination tool.

Opa Orire or Osu:


This is the staff of Orunmila. It is used as a walking stick by Orunmila. When a babalawo is walking to a spiritual place he will use his Orire. Only an Elder Awo can use the Orire. It represents the premise that an Awo can never die, that he will live long.

Opon Ifa-


The Opon Ifa is used when consulting Ifa. It is used during sacrifice. The Opon Ifa symbolizes the heaven. It represents the four earthly directions, North, South, East and West. The center of the Opon Ifa is the junction of the earthly directions in heaven. The head is carved at the North position on the Opon Ifa, representing the eyes, where the Opon Ifa sees all that is happening on earth and the sacrifice or messages will be sent to heaven.

Iroke Ifa-


The Iroke is used by Orunmila when he travels to an occasion to pray for the people. Anywhere an Awo travels he will brng is Iroke. It is also used during sacrifice to knock the Opon Ifa.



Orunmila uses the Irukere when traveling to an ocassion. The Irukere is also used by kings. It is also used for spiritual services. Orunmila uses Irukere to save people. Only elders, kings, chiefs or those of special importance can use Irukere. It should be used during a sacrifice, or during consultation, it sits to the left.

Apo Abira or Apo Ikofa- This is a bag that a babalawo carries on his left. All the materials of Ifa are kept in this bag.

Adura (Prayer):

Gbogbo eniti won se abewo si orishada.com won ko ni fi ohun mo ni eniyan oju ti won fi wo koni fo ase o

All of the people the visit Orishada.com will not know blindness that the eyes that you use to view this site will always see clear. Ase o

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Elements Of Ifa Part II: Spirit Of Ifa

Posted on 12 October 2009 by Babalawo Aworeni


The spirit of Ifa can also be called Ase and among other things is carried by those who deliver the message of Ifa.

The idea of Ase comes in many forms . There are many types of Ase, the three major types of Ase include: The Ase that the Ikin Ifa is empowered with, the Ase that Babalawos carry and the Ase a person takes for heaven.

When one is initiated to Ifa their Ikin should be empowered with the Ase of Ifa . In some initiations where a person’s Ifa is not empowered with the Ase of Ifa , Ifa may not answer their prayers or help them in times of need. This happens because of improper initiation technique, such as 3 day initiations or fake incantations.
The other type of Ase is the type that will come with the person from the heaven. When a person comes from heaven with this type of Ase, whatever they say will happen. If they curse, the curse will affected the person intended, and if they pray their prayers will be immediately answered. They are considered very powerful. This type of person carrying the Ase from heaven is called, Eleyin Oke and God gave the Eleyin Oke power. However they are not dangerous but are well respected.

To recognize the Ase that a Babalawo possesses a client will hear the truth about their life and circumstances. When the Babalawo divines, if he does not speak the truth, then he doesn’t carry rhe true Ase of Ifa. If a Babalawo carries the true Ase of Ifa, it is not good for him to curse. It is not good for a babalawo to be bad tempered or to lose control. A babalawo that is foul tempered, lacks patiences, or curses often should avoided. These type of babalawos are on a destructive path for themselves and those around them.

There are 2 type of babalawo. A normal babalawo that carries the Ase of Ifa and the other is called a Babalariwo. Those that are Babalariwo are frauds and don’t actually carry the spirit or Ase of Ifa. They fake readings to gain money and false prestige. A true babalawo must help those that seek their assistance. A Babalariwo exacts some outrageous price for their services. For instance, telling a woman that she must have sex with him for the her spiritual work is completed. Ifa does not accept this, it is not proper and is an indication of fraud.

A good babalawo must know the Esunsun. The Esunsun is a moral code by which all babalawo must follow. An example of the Esunsun is: don’t sleep with your father’s wife, don’t lie, don’t steal, don’t hurt people with juju, honor your elders, don’t disobey your parents, etc. The Esunsun is what allows a babalawo to live a long life. When an elder that has lived a long life is asked how they have lived so long, he invariably replies, “Esunsun mimon!” (It is the Esunsun that allows me to live a long life!)

There are different ways for one to gain Ase. One way that a babalawo gains Ase is by taking a title. During the title initiation, all the babalawos will gather to pray, say incantations, and empower the title taker’s Ikin Ifa.

A person can also lose their Ase in several ways. One way is by being rude or showing poor character in front of the wrong person, such as an elder. They can also lose their Ase by leaking secrets, telling lies, or committing heinous acts on others. If one is given power or Ase through an initiation title or other means and is rude to those that first gave them the power or title (initiation), the Ase can be removed.

“Odo to ba gbagbe orisun o ma gbe ni.”

– The spring that forgets it’s origin, will run dry.

If a person forgets or is rude to the person that gave them the power in the fist place, the power given can still can still collect that power back. By dishonoring God, orisha, parents, oluwo, ancestors, females or elders, etc a person will lose Ase. Also if someone does not respect their own destiny they can lose power or Ase.

Omode bu iroko o poju weyin o ro pe orujo loluwere pa ni

-The child that insults the Iroko tree, doesn’t know the moment when the Iroko tree will punish him. Any babalawo that disrespects their elders will one day regret it, even if th punishment is not immediate.

Check back to Orishada.com for the Elements of Ifa part III: The Implements of Ifa where we will detail all the implements used in working with Ifa.

We also use this time to thank OLODUMARE for the new Olojo festival of November 20, 2009. We greet the AROLE ODUDUWA OBA OKUNADE SIJUWADE OLUBUSE IKEJI ORISA OLORI ALADE GBO GBO!

We use this time to greet our father ARABA AGBAYE OLUISESE AWOYEMI AWORENI ADISA MAKONRANWALE and all Awo of Ile-Ife.

We also greet all the Ile-Ife indigene, all the Yoruba at home and abroad in the diaspora, for the new Olojo festival that will start on november 20, 2009. The Ooni will carry the crown of Oduduwa to ode agbalasa and pray for all the world.



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Elements of Ifa, Part I

Posted on 22 September 2009 by Babalawo Aworeni


Ifa is the word that came from the mouth of Orunmila.  The entire Ifa corpus encompasses the strengths and pitfalls of human existence.  The philosophy of Ifa is vast and has been described in a myriad of different ways, however the basis of Ifa is TRUTH.  To follow and practice the tenets of Ifa, one must not only have patience, but they must speak and practice the truth in the purest sense.

In Ile-Ife if you want to practice Ifa the following is discussed with the potential devotee:

If one practices Ifa to have drink, then they will have drink.  If one practices Ifa to have meat, then they will have plenty of meat.  If one practices Ifa to have a wife/husband, then that is what they will get.  If one practices Ifa for juju or money, then that is what will come to them.  However, if one practices Ifa with a pure mind with truth on their tongue, then all these things will be theirs, drink, meat, wife, children, juju and money.

Ifa knows the future.  Ifa knows the beginning and end of all things.  There is no problem that Ifa cannot solve, with the exception of death.  Ifa tells of one’s destiny as well as an individual’s life purpose, path and personal journey.  Because each person has a specific individual destiny, Ifa will tell a different story and have different advice for each person.  Ifa will tell a person the food the should or shouldn’t consume, what colors they should wear or avoid.  Ifa will also tell a person about certain pitfalls they should avoid, such as walking at night, or marrying a man/woman with tattoos, etc.

Ifa is specific about how to care for all the Orisha as well.  Ifa tells of when and to whom to make sacrifice.  Also about the food they should eat.  Ifa is consulted for entire towns, kings, senators, priests and common people alike.

The Elements of Ifa is a three part series on the basics of Ifa.  It will include the Philosophy, the Spirit and Metaphysics, and the Physical Implements of Ifa.  Please feel free the reply to this post if you have any questions or would like further elaboration.

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Egungun Masquerade

Posted on 14 September 2009 by Babalawo Aworeni


In Ile-Ife, beginning in late June the Egungun masquerades begin to appear.  The Egungun will appear from various compounds in Ile-Ife from the end of June through October.  Many family compound in Ile-Ife participate in the Egungun festivities and own several of the hundreds of different type of Egungun.  A family compound will own an Egungun masquerade depending on the head of the household’s individual odu Ifa, their family lineage or just personal interest and appreciation of the Egungun culture.



There are many different kinds of Egungun, hundreds, bearing many different names.  In Yorubaland the types of Egungun changes from town to town.  For instance,  Egungun is worshiped differently in Ibadan than it is in Ile-Ife.  The procession of Egungun occurs over a period of months and moves from compound to compound.  Some Egungun are only allowed out at night while others come out only in the afternoon or evening.  Each Egungun characteristics depend on family lineage or personal taboos.  In Ile-Ife, the house of Egungun is called Igbale.  There are two primary types of Egungun called Egun Oloro and the Egun Onijo.  Egun Oloro is a male and canes festival goers while Egun Onijo is female and dances with festival goers.  The last Egungun to appear is the most senior Egungun called, Alagba.  The Alagba Egungun will appear before the Olojo festival in October, this festival marks the end of the Egungun procession.

In the Oketase compound, the Egungun masqurade does not appear at the Oketase temple or the Enuwa.  This is because of three very powerful events that occur at this location.  The first event is that which happens during the Odun Elefin festival when the Araba Agbaye transforms into the leopard.  The second event is during the Olojo festival when the Ooni carries the Aare of Oduduwa (the crown) to the Oke Mogun which is located in the Enuwa.  The third event is during the Ijekuru Itapa Obatala or Igbefapade Orisa where the Ooni, the Araba Agbaye and the Obatala shrine meet in January.  For these reasons the Egungun can never appear at this location, if they do pass the Enuwa the Oga will appear and swallow them whole.

In early September, the Araba Agbaye brought out his family’s Egungun appearing at his mother’s compound in Okemarisa.  The Egungun included, Awo Arerungbaga, Obadi Meji, Oori, Oyin, etc.




According to Ifa, Orunmila is the one who took the Egungun from the Iwo Ile, the hole in the earth.  In Okanran Ogunda (Okanranileegun) Ifa explains:

Ore gan gan lo mu egun wole.  Atori gan gan.  Lo mo oro wole Igbale.  Gbagbese mi ogbagbese.  Adifa fun Baba Lamese to mu egun rowaye.

There are many odu Ifa that talk about Egungun, including Oyeku Irete, Iwori Oyeku, Oyeku Pakinose, etc.  The taboos of Egungun is that they can never cane a Babalawo and they can never show their face.  If the Egungun passes the Agbede they must leave coins.  The Egungun can wear any color and they eat akara, ole, obuko, plenty palm oil, obi, and otin.


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