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Awódélé Ifáyemí

Chief Awodele Ifayemi comes from a long lineage of Traditional Ifa Babalawos. He is the Atunwase Awo of Ilobu land, Osun State, Nigeria. Chief Awodele Ifayemi is an Oloye and member of the Ifatoogun house of prestigious Babalawos. He is also a recognized member in good standing of the Ilobu Council Of Ifa Practitioners of Ilobu, Osun State, Nigiria and the publisher of the site Ileifa.org.

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11 Comments

  1. 1

    Iba Oshun Sekese

    Alaafia!
    Thank you very much for this post!!

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      admin

      Dear PoeticSoul;

      I’m thrilled you liked the article. I visited your site, and loved your song.

      Dele Ifayemi

      Reply
  2. 2

    Ivan

    Hi, Where are you from? Is it a secret? 🙂
    Have a nice day
    Ivan

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      admin

      Hi Ivan;

      Thank you for visiting my site. I’m located in Denver, Colorado.

      Dele Ifayemi

      Reply
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    D. Wole Murray-Ifa

    Aboru, Aboye Baba,

    This is probably the best compilation of clear, concise information on the Ifa priesthood that I have since in one place, at one time. So, thank you very much.

    However, I do have one question (which you only slightly touched on): the Notion of the ‘Hand of Ifa.’ WHat is a ‘hand,’ does it make one part of the priesthood (I’ve read that its an ‘associate priesthood’), what are its abilities and limitations, and is there an ‘American Ifa’ traditional interpretation of it?

    Modupe and Odabo

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      admin

      Alaafia;

      Thank you for your visit and kind words.

      The “One Hand” Of Orunmila is basically the spirit of Ifa; does not a priest make you.

      If I may borrow an analogy, it is best taken as a baptism. One is given certain information about self for the only objective which is to embark on a path which will help you grow spiritually.

      Ifa is about spiritual growth, and self sacrifice.

      However; this sacrifice does not mean one is to live a hermits’ life, on the contrary, one is to devout oneself towards the development of self, by focusing on those natural skill sets, and aptitudes one was born with. This is the pursuit of iwapele or the development of “good character”. Therefore; certain sacrifices; those that are ego-centric” must be made.

      The “One Hand” of Orunmila is given through a three day ritual designed to elevate the human consciousness towards the goal of pursuing iwapele.

      Ogbó àtó Asure Ìwòrìwòfún.

      O dábò!
      Chief Awodele Ifayemi
      Atunwase Awo of Ilobuland

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    yunior bello(baba aremu)

    hi thank you for the post i nwill like to get more info of ifa i just got my initiation, in cuba we parctice the yoruba religion but i dont know if its the same way or the rigth way my orisa is obatala “i got the orunmillas heand or ide etc please if some one read this let me know what is next “ya me hice santo” obatala

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      Awódélé Ifáyemí

      Alaafia;

      Thank you for your visit, and congratulations. Please contact me via the site’s contact form, and i will give you additional information.

      Ogbó àtó Asure Ìwòrìwòfún.

      O dábò!
      Chief Awodele Ifayemi
      Atunwase Awo of Ilobuland

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      admin

      Alaafia;

      Hi Junior, I hope you got the information you requested.

      Ogbó àtó Asure Ìwòrìwòfún.

      O dábò!
      Chief Awodele Ifayemi
      Atunwase Awo of Ilobuland

      Reply
  5. 5

    Jazlyn

    I’m imperssed! You’ve managed the almost impossible.

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    segun

    I went for ifa to check about my life and I was told that I need ifa,I only wanted to know what ifa has to say and I was very upset

    Reply

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