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Chief Awodele Ifayemi

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, Nigeria. A published author and the publisher of the sites Ileifa.org, and OmoAwo Academy

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    Derick Murray

    Aboru aboye abosise Baba Awodele,

    (Sorry for the tardy reply…I keep getting my responsing sent back undelivered! So, I will try answering your reply here. Modupe!)…

    Aboru Aboye Abosise Baba Awodele,

    First, I thank you for your speedy reply. Secondly, I apologize for the tardiness of mine to you: I no longer have all day online access (just 2 hours per day in the public library).

    On to your response: Yes, I try to recognize ‘the Truth’ fromm ego-trips/lies/etc., that’s one of the reasons why I find Ifa so attractive. And on that note, it is my understanding that we all have ‘baggage’ coming in, so I always found the notion o fpeople trying to act like that’s not the case ‘ridiculous.’ Also, it seems to me that the more f-ed-up a person is coming in gives them more room to evolve, transform spiritually through Ifa! Does that make any sense:-)?

    I found your statement about ‘bring training traditionally, yet having to teach here for the Western-mind,’ correct and something that I’ve been struggling with in my own personal quest to learn. I’ve noticed some who act like they think that we are Yorubas from Nigeria in their approach to teaching, and others who don’t same to have much interest in “tradition” at all. I’ve believed for some time that while IFA is larger than the Yoruba traditional cultural, a major part of the ODU has used that civilization as an example of how humanity could, or perhaps even should, interpret it! So, they was/is ‘a place’ for Yoruba traditional cultural and language even here in the ‘American Ifa’ tradition. But, what exactly is that place??? I’m glad to know that you are involved in discussion Baba!

    And, on that subject: ‘Does the location of one’s ritual make a difference to the power/Ase that one can access?’ Is one’s connect to ODU during divining in Yorubaland give one more assess to deeper knowledge than in the US, ’cause the Ase is stronger there? Can one perform Itefa here; and if so, just as effectively as when its done in Yorubaland? I have heard all kinds of answers to those questions in the past, Baba!

    Now, speaking of Obi: I understand your comments on how using the Odu in the Obi divination method to find yes/no helped evolve your understanding of the Odu; I wanted to ask…’Does that method means that the direction(s) to pieces fall pointing towards, and the section of the opon that the fall on, doesn’t matter when using the Odu-method?

    Finally, I had an online Dafa performed for me by Baba Popoola several months ago and I have not been able to afford the Ebos listed yet, ‘Can I proceed in any other way until I first complete that Ebo?” I will happily send you a copy of the feedback I got from him with the eight or so, different possible Ebos from his casting of Otura Tuka (Otura Ika)….By the way, if and when I can afford to do the Ebo, can you perform them for me possibly; or must I only use Baba Popoola US representatives to do them?

    And, I think your eCourse sounds well thought out and will be effective!! I hope to be in the postion to take part one very so, and eventually, part two as well:-)!

    Oh, yes, one more thing — I was told recently by an Oluwo that even thought one’s Ori is there personal deity, THERE IS AN personal EGUN who has been with the individual since birth and needs to have a personal relationship developed with BEFORE one can progress in this faith/philosophy. I haven’t heard of this one before and when I asked him for clarification, I haven’t gotten it! What do you think about that, Baba?

    Since I only have limited access online, would you please text me, or even call, at (504) 914-4050. Texting a lot is a pain, but somethings can be communicated effectively….Modupe-O.

    Modupe and Odabo,
    Derrick Wole

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      Alaafia Derrick;

      I will send you and email as soon as possible.

      O Dabo!

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    Roberto Baglini

    Aboru. Aboye Abosise Baba mi. I am an italian man. I was trough Itelafa in Benin in 2010 and arrived to this precise point of my life at the age of 52 years. It was Orunmila wisdom to bring me through this, in order to save my life, as that time I was critically ill. My name is in fact Fagbamila Nougbodekon. I was born in Odu Obara Iwori (Abla Woli). Brazil and its tradition suggested me Ifa tradition and today I am humbly on my way, studying and learning the fact I am every day more ignorant as Ifa knowledge is infinite and represents the infinite itself. So, I wish only to ask you to assist me in this difficult trip through your courses. Mo dupe o Baba mi. Ki Baba Orunmila gbe wa o.

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