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World Ifa Festival 2013

Posted on 01 June 2013 by Babalawo Aworeni

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The Orunmila Barami Agbonmiregun, the World Ifa Festival was held Saturday June 1-2, 2013 at Oketase the World Ifa Temple, Ile-Ife. This festival celebrates the New Year for all the traditional Yoruba practitioners.

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This year’s World Ifa festival was attended by Nigerians and diasporan people from all over the world. The rituals began in the early morning and continued into the following day.

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The odu Ifa for this year is Eturupon Irosun (Eturupon sokun, Eturupon sode) – IRE GBOGBO

1) Eturupon sokun , eturupon sode, eturupon mogelemogele adifa fun agba agba ife kiribitti ni ojo ogun aro ka aaye de won ki won rubo won rubo won seun

Ifa is telling us in this year that we need to make the sacrifice so that we will not see war.  There is much trouble coming to the world in this year and the Ifa practitioner is well advised and has the tools available to handle the upcoming turmoil.

2) Eturupon sokun , eturupon sode, eturupon mogelemogele adifa fun Ejire to bo sode isa laye

There will many ibeji (twins) in this year and there will be pregnancies for the women that have been barren.

If a spouse is a twin then the other should take very good care of that spouse in this year.  Husband and wife need to care for each other and help themselves in times of prosperity and  hardship.

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One should also not ask for money in this year, and be forgiving of those that owe things to you, in this way we will also see blessing in this year.  A sacrifice should be made to Esu to ensure that things that are owed to you will come.

We should use akara to feed our head.  Ifa says we should feed our head to receive the blessing in this year.  One needs to use their head to avoid trouble.

Also, under this odu, one should feed Osun because of the blessing.  There is the possibility for the Ifa practitioner to become wealthy in this year through the blessing of Osun.  One needs to be careful about arguments in this year, we should not engage in fighting.

There is a lot of blessings in this year.  Feed your Orisha at home to see the Ire Gbogbo.  Make the necessary sacrifices and follow the warnings of Ifa.

For more information feel free to comment on this page or write to orishada@gmail.com

Asodun modun ni awo asodun modun
Asoro moro ni awo asoro moro
Ododun lari orogbo
Ododun lari arusa
Ododun lari omo obi lori a te
Ododun lawo toro ire gbogbo
A koni fi odun eyi sa a se mon
Ase ni ti Edumare.

Orishada would like to greet for this Ifa New Year, the Oba Okunade Sijuwade Olubuse ll Olori Alade gbogbo Oonirisa  Arole Oduduwa , Awoyemi Adisa Monkanrawale Araba Agbaye Oluisese , Awolodunmirindinlogun and All the Araba ,Olu-awo, Babalawo, Iyanifa,Babalorisa, Iyalorisa, Ojugbona, Gbogbo Omo Awo .

May the blessings of Ifa guide and protect you.  Ase o

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Elements Of Ifa Part II: Spirit Of Ifa

Posted on 12 October 2009 by Babalawo Aworeni

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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.

A SE YI SA MODUN

A SA MODUN SE MI O

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Egungun Masquerade

Posted on 14 September 2009 by Babalawo Aworeni

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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.

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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.

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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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