Traditional Ifa Divination

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  1. 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

    1. 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

  2. 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

    1. 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

    2. Alaafia;

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

      Ogbó àtó Asure Ìwòrìwòfún.

      O dábò!
      Chief Awodele Ifayemi
      Atunwase Awo of Ilobuland

  3. 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

  4. I respect and appreciate the insight expressed. This is encouraging to learn more how to practice and present myself before my Orisha Oya and honor Olodumare as an initiate in the ways of the Ancestors. Ase’

    1. Ogbo Ato!

      Thank you for your sharing your experience.

      Ogbó àtó Asure Ìwòrìwòfún.

      O dábò!
      Chief Awodele Ifayemi
      Atunwase Awo of Ilobuland

    2. Alaafia;

      Please accept my apologies for my late reply. As you can imagine, since returning from Nigeria with Malaria, I got behind on my work, and I’ve been working none stop getting up to speed. Good news is that I’m finally caught up.

      Keep an eye to an email I’ll be sending out sometime this week…

      I’m holding a FREE workshop I know you will not want to miss.

      Ogbó àtó Asure Ìwòrìwòfún.

      O dábò!
      Chief Awodele Ifayemi
      Atunwase Awo of Ilobuland

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