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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 sites Ileifa.org, and OmoAwo Academy

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6 Comments

  1. 1

    rotimi

    good one here but these are a part of what this odu is saying cos i happen to come under these odu and im always the type of person that want to know more it is also called OGBEWUNLE omo ajowunjemule.

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      admin

      Alaafia;

      I’m honored by your visit!

      Your desire to know more about things is an expressed character of your Odu, which is also know as Ogbe Wehin. Begin open to new and trans-formative ideas is a blessing which one needs to temper with humility, and patience. As new thought, ideas, information, and concepts influence and shape our minds we tend to open ourselves to confusion based on unresolved conflicting information.

      Within the followers of Ifa exist many who while exploring and investigating have come across “seemingly” conflicting information. The disparity and divergence between one Ile and the next lies in the tradition (lineage) followed by the elders and ancestors of the Ile and not due to misrepresentation of Ifa. Having said this; I’m not foreign to the reality that there are some individuals who have purposely diverged from the traditions of practice and theology for their own financial objectives.

      I welcome your visit, and hope you continue to share your thought and ideas regarding the articles of this site.

      Ogbó àtó Asure Ìwòrìwòfún.

      O dábò!
      Awo Dele Ifayemi

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  2. 2

    D. Wole Murray-Ifa

    Alafia Baba,

    When is the ‘Day of Ifa?’ How can one be confident of its timing; since there exists conflicting views?

    Odabo

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      admin

      Alaafia;

      The day of Ifa is traditionally herd on the first day of June.

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  3. 3

    William

    Can someone answer my question? It concerns the beginning of the use of gin and other alcohol beverages in Yoruba religious traditions. What is the history behind the use of such vices?

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      Awódélé Ifáyemí

      Alaafia William;

      Your question is interesting and deserves an authoritative answer. The Odu Otua Obara says:

      Soososo lagbede n roko
      Alagbede gbon jojo
      Soososo lagbede n ro ada
      Alagbede gbon jojo
      Ledida ledia lagbede n ro agogo ide
      Alagbede gbon jojo
      Difa fun Obiba
      Eyi ti n se iponti Edu lorun
      Nijo ti fire gbogbo serahun
      Ebo n won ni ko se
      Nje e fenu ba a fun mi
      Obiba
      E fenu ba a fun mi
      Bee ba fenu ba a a moo laje
      Obiba
      E fenu ba a fun mi
      Obiba
      Bee ba fenu baa a moo laya
      Obiba
      E fenu ba a fun mi
      Obiba
      Bee ba fenu baa a moo bimo
      Obiba
      E fenu ba a fun mi
      Obiba
      Bee ba fenu ba a a moo nire gbogbo
      Obiba
      E fenu ba a fun mi
      Obiba
      Eyin o tete mo
      Pe oti lamuwagun awo

      Translation:
      In forms the blacksmith makes hoes
      The blacksmith is very wise
      In forms the blacksmith makes machetes
      The blacksmith is very wise
      In forms the blacksmith makes the brass gong
      The blacksmith is wise Cast Ifa for Obiba
      The brewer of Edu in heaven on the day he was crying of good things of life
      He was asked to offer sacrifice
      Hence Obiba come and taste it for me Obiba
      If you taste it
      It brings wealth Obiba
      Come and taste it for me Obiba
      If you taste it It brings wives
      Obiba come and taste it for me Obiba
      If you taste it It brings kids
      Obiba come and taste it for me Obiba
      If you taste it It brings all good fortunes
      Obiba come and taste it for me Obiba
      Don’t you all know that the gin is the character refiner of Awo?

      This verse states that gin is the character refiner. Apart from this, Orunmila himself is known to like gin personally. So it is what he likes that has to be given to him.

      Another verse of Ogunda Oyeku asserts this, like many other Ifa that controlled consumption of gin is good for casting Ifa. At times even dirung divination, Awo has to spray some gin with his mouth on Ikin for good casting. However, this does not make the Babalawo a drunk or become irresponsible. Awo who drinks irresponsibly are marked for punishment.

      I want to thank my Brother:

      Ayo Salami
      Oluawo Agirimogusu ll
      Amukinro Awo Ode Ilobu
      President/CEO- International Federation for Arts, Religion, Culture,
      Identity, and Theater of The Yorubas. IFARCITY Executive Member,
      International Council for Ifa Religion Executive member, National Council
      for Ifa Religion Owonrin Elejigbo Temple

      For answering this question.

      Ogbó àtó Asure Ìwòrìwòfún.

      O dábò!
      Chief Awodele Ifayemi
      Atunwase Awo of Ilobuland
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