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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, Nigeria. A published author and the publisher of the site Ileifa.org.

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15 Comments

  1. 1

    Nadine

    Hello,
    Amazing! Not clear for me, how offen you updating your ileifa.org.
    Thank you

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      admin

      Alaafia Nadine;

      I try to update the site at least once per week. Feel free to post any questions, and or make any suggestions for new content.

      Odabo;
      Dele Ifayemi

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  2. 2

    Bodyc

    Interesting, I`ll quote it on my site later.
    Thanks

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  3. 3

    fatu judy henderson

    how accurate are Soyinka Ogunbusola’s assignments of orisha to the astrological chart. Can she present more information on her process for comp;arison and study?
    thanks

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      admin

      I presented her work in hopes others would be kindled to discuss this topic. Much has been written on this subject, and for the most part the area where a few tend to diverge is in the question regarding Shango, and Orunmila. Some Attribute Shango to the Sun, whereas others suggest it is Orunmila which should be syncretized with the Sun. I tend to lean towards Sun/Orunmila syncretization.

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  4. 4

    Polprav

    Hello from Russia!
    Can I quote a post in your blog with the link to you?

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      admin

      Hi;

      Thank you for asking. Yes you may quote the article.

      Reply
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    fafunke adetimehin

    Ma, pls am writing my project on a comparative study of ifa divination and astrology. and i dont know were to start from pls help me.

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      admin

      Alaafia;

      I will email you information regarding this subject. Please check your email.

      Ogbó àtó Asure Ìwòrìwòfún.

      O dábò!
      Chief Awodele Ifayemi
      Atunwase Awo of Ilobuland
      Follow Me on:
      Twitter: http://twitter.com/IfaBabalawo
      Facebook: https://www.ileifa.org/facebookfanpage

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  7. 6

    olalekan

    Ma, they gave me an assignment on ifa omoluabi and I don’t know abything about. it ma i will be great if you can help me.

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      admin

      Alaafia;

      Thank you for your visit. Tell me about your assignment.

      Ogbó àtó Asure Ìwòrìwòfún.

      O dábò!
      Chief Awodele Ifayemi
      Atunwase Awo of Ilobuland
      Follow Me on:
      Twitter: http://twitter.com/IfaBabalawo
      Facebook: https://www.ileifa.org/facebookfanpage

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    olalekan

    Ma, they gave me an assignment on ifa omoluabi and I don’t know abything about It. Ma i will be great if you can help me.

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  9. 8

    Loveth

    Hi I’m very pleased with all that I’ve read on this site but one thing bothers me.
    There’s no mention of oba, does it mean she is not powerful enough to rule any of the planet or she is just not important to mention or she is not an orisha as claimed. I will like to know more about oba.
    Thanks.

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      Awódélé Ifáyemí

      Alaafia Loveth;

      It is always great to hear from you!

      It is true that Oba is not as well known and Osu and Oya. We know that she was Sango’s first wife, yet his lust brought into Oba’s domain Oya and Osun. Yet history speaks ill of Oba. She is cast as a gullible woman taken advantage of by both Osun and Oya.

      This myth may give the wrong impression: Oba is not gullible, submissive, stupid, or passive. She is an extremely competent, independent market woman involved in commerce and politics. Oba is a powerful orisha who can provide for her devotees. She is Shango’s first wife because she is beautiful, independently wealthy, and smart. In attempting to assert her rights, she was outfoxed by the more devious Osun or Oya. Love is Oba’s Achilles’ heel.

      Oba is venerated as a goddess of love in Brazil but considered a guardian of prostitutes in parts of Africa. She is invoked to punish those who exploit loving hearts. Oba is the orisha of lakes and ponds (Rivers for Osun, and Lagoons for Oya). Offerings may be placed on a home altar or brought to the lakeshore and presented there. Oba is syncretized to Saint Rita.

      Favored people: Faithful wives, prostitutes, those who would risk everything for love, as well as women married to abusive, neglectful, and/or cheating spouses

      Iconography: It can be difficult to find images of Oba but they exist, especially in Brazil where she is envisioned as a shapely, bejeweled woman with a bandaged head. She may be represented by images of Saint Rita, although this emphasizes Oba’s identity as suffering wife, not sexy love goddess. She may be represented on an altar by a jewelry box or music box.

      Element: Water

      Colors: Red, white

      Day: Saturday

      Sacred site: The Oba River, Nigeria

      Offerings: Flowers, candles, wine, water taken from a lake or pond (don’t give her spring water or rainwater). If you would cook for her, she likes beans with onions and shrimp.

      Again, thank you for your visit and for sharing.

      Ogbó àtó Asure Ìwòrìwòfún.

      O dábò!
      Chief Awodele Ifayemi
      Atunwase Awo of Ilobuland

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