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Oriki for Ogun from Odu (Odi Meji)

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Odidi fenu digun

Amo gbokeere fohun yara

Eni gbohun ologburo

Ani bi ko terinO po ju efon lo

A difa fun irin-wonwon, aremo Ogun

Oojo ti irin-wonwon ba bale

Ni irin-wonwon n segun


Odidi uses its mouth to prevent war

Leopard stays far but sounds as if in a nearby room

The person who hears Ologburo’s voice in a far place

Will say if it is not up to an elephant it is much more than a buffalo

Ifa declaration to Irin-wonwon, Ogun’s child

It is on the day that Irin-wonwon lands

That Irin-wonwon conquers

Ogun like all other Orisas is a primordial deity and when the divinities were first coming to inhabit the earth, it was Ogun who volunteered his services to cut through the thicket which prevented the Orisas to come through, he used his cutlass to clear the way for them, because of this all Orisas hailed him and he was called chief among the divinities, Osinmale!

May Ogun clear the path for you on this day.


Who is Obatala? (long but a MUST read)

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What is his position in the order of seniority?

This Pataki tell us that all divinities, including ILE –the mother earth, joined forces to dethrone OBATALA OSEMARAGBO (the ancient of days) and take for them his creative powers. Bitter rivalry emerged amongst the divinities and deities who wanted to share the glory of OBATALA. ORUNMILA was invited to join in the conspiracy but refused. ESU was invited into the evil plot against the ancient of the days OBATALA, but ESU refused. In the end the divinities lost the fight to take the glory of OBATALA. Consequently a universal glory was conceded to him forever according to the IFA stanza below. However, the refusal of ORUNMILA BABA AGBONNIREGUN and ESU LALU OGIRI OKO, to join in the conspiracy against, the illuminated one –OBATALA –was with great benefit and enormous advantages. ORUNMILA and ESU were both promoted to co –exist as equals with OBATALA in the trinity of divinities

Irete Meji says the following:

Igangan IFE
Orunmila wo suu , o ko won
E e ri i
Awon ojise aye
Awon igangan ife
Awon ni Orunmila maa
Nranse si ELEDUA

Envoy from earth
Town –crier of IFE
Were suddenly seized and slashed by Orunmila
You see
The messenger
The town crier
Are the emissary
Orunmila always send to GOD the omnipotent

The emissary from the earth and the town crier of IFE were ORUNMILA`S regular messengers to ELEDUMARE, the omnipotent. The message to the omnipotent was: “such being the state of things in IFE today, what sacrifice should I appoint as remedy?”

The reply would come ‘’offer a bush rat’’. Acting on this recommendation ORUNMILA would receive good auspices for the city and all would turn out well, but as time went on things changed. When the Omnipotent indicated the sacrifice of a goat, these messengers reported to ORUNMILA that a Lamb should be offered. The sacrifice would result in failure. What could be responsible for this turn of events wondered Orunmila. Eventually the truth came out but ORUNMILA said nothing, he merely stopped the messengers from bearing further request to the OMNIPOTENT.

One day ORUNMILA seized the messengers and killed them. The people of IFE wondered how ORUNMILA could do such an evil thing, killing his messengers who were always bringing good tidings to the people of IFE. The answer given to them by ORUNMILA was not satisfying, and the people decided to attack ORUNMILA, and without mincing words ORUNMILA hid himself from the anger of the people. They beat one of the disciples of ORUNMILA called IMULEGBE and AKALE – ORUNMILA`s guest was not spared.

ORUNMILA could not hide his emotions and he came out from his hiding and challenged the people. Orunmila left the city in annoyance, IMULEGBE and AKALE went with him. ORUNMILA warned the entire council of IFA priests to stop divining for the people of IFE, so that they may know the implication of their habit and actions.

Orunmila later travelled to the forest with his friends until they got to a place called ‘’THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE’’ and here they built three hut’s, one for AKALE – ESU, one for IMULEGBE – OBATALA, and one for ORUNMILA. Soon, there was a report from IFE that the city was under heavy plague and many problems. Fishes were dying in the river, sickness and illness became the order of the day. The pregnant women would no longer find it easy to have their children, men became infertile and the barren could not conceive. There was total chaos and pandemonium and nobody in the city was able to find a solution to the problem. The chiefs of IFE went out of their domain to seek solution but all to no avail.

One day they met a diviner named CRAB THAT CRAWLS IN HOLES IN THE MARSH AWAY FROM WATER HABITANTS, but he declined to divine for them because of what ORUNMILA the chief diviner had said. He then instructed the people of IFE to look for ORUNMILA so that they might find solutions to their problems. They replied that ORUNMILA could not be found, and he said they should look for an antelope and bring him the animal so that he would help them look for another diviner. They brought the animal and were led to another diviner called GOLDEN –HUED LIKE FRESH PALM OIL who was expected to take them to where ORUNMILA resided.

The diviner then asked the people of IFE to look for an antelope for sacrifice like was given to the first diviner. This request was more laborious than that of the first diviner, but since they did not have alternatives, they prepared to go into the deep bush and look for an antelope. They found an antelope which they pursued up hill and chased the animal into the forest until the people of IFE found themselves in the MIDDLE OF NOWHERE. Here, suddenly the antelope disappeared and they continued searching for the disappeared antelope until they found the three huts built for ORUNMILA, AKALE and IMULEGBE (ORUNMILA, ESU AND OBATALA).

Feeding or Cleansing your Ori

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Eji Ogbe/ Ogbe Meji


In the fixed order of Orunmila, EjiOgbe occupies the first position.

EjiOgbe symbolizes all that is known and unknown in the universe. It is an image of all those forces that create the day. The White Hole — The Light EjiOgbe is the sign of life — A vigorous awakening! EjiOgbe rules the head — Facing East Physical element = Water…Water takes the precedence of all the other elements. It is recognized as “The Father of the Elements.”Physical body element = Brains and Nerves This odu children would be disposed to be Travelers, Pioneers, sailors or heads of organizations. This Odu denotes plenty of good and plenty of evil. Artistic creations EjiOgbe expresses a need to acquire wisdom and humility. Represents perfect alignment between the Ori and Ipori. Maintain high ethical standards which will be rewarded with enlightenment and abundance. Time heals the pain of any matter. We have cut off our own head to make us grow, like the banana tree. The hands belong to the body, the feet belong to the body. Victory over enemies, spiritual awakenings, long life, and peace of mind. In EjiOgbe barren women are blessed with children after sacrifice!

Two words have spoken, Two tasks have given themselves to me, The road is open
Good medicine stays!Told a certain person way back when tears of compassion refused the curse of barrenness that she should take a long-necked jar, and when her sacrifice was done go to the place where water seeps slowly, slowly until the womb is full. She sipped the dreaming water and they called her child Osun, generous river. Ifa says to sacrifice is beneficial, nothing waits for nothing good. Come and see my bouncing newborn baby at the foot of Orisa!

Story… of how Ori (head) was the only divinity that broke the kola nuts that Orunmila kept at his shrine. Ori wish was for a permanent abode (home) and plenty of followers. Upon hearing the news of the finally broken Kola nuts, all the other divinities agreed, (since they all tried to break the nuts) that the “Head” was the right divinity to the Kola nuts. Almost immediately the hand, feet, body, stomach, chest, neck etc, each of which before then had distinct identities, all assembled and decided to go and live with the Head. Together, they all carried the Head high above as the king of the body. It is on account of the role played by Orunmila in his fortune that the head touches the ground to defer and revere to Orunmila to this day.

The benevolence of the young EjiOgbe made him so popular that his house was streaming with callers night and day. He healed the sick, made sacrifice for paupers to become rich, helped the barren to have children and safely delivered all pregnant women who demanded his assistance. These activities earned him admiration from the beneficiaries of his magnanimity. He also developed enemies that were envious and plotted against him. EjiOgbe went for divination and was told to make sacrifice to his Ifa with a basket of snails. EjiOgbe’s Awos collected Ero leaves and mashed them in the snails’ liquid for EjiOgbe to bath with. After the sacrifice he began to live a peaceful life. Death held me and left me. Sickness tried me and left me. No one eats tortoise along with its shell. No one eats a Ram together with its horns. The shell of the snail is kept after eating its meat. I have survived the evil plans of my enemies.

Serious minded people do not listen to the bird singing the songs of woe; difficulties and problems bring out the best in man; Patience and sacrifice make the impossible to become possible; Give me a difficult problem to solve that doubters may believe; Give me a war to wage that mortals may appreciate the strength of divinities; To learn from past misfortunes is to be wise; Not to learn from previous mistakes is folly; The person who fails to make sacrifice vindicates the diviner; Just as the one who ignores advice turns the adviser to a seer. The man who learns from quarrels and the man who does not learn from quarrels were the two surrogates of EjiOgbe who made divination for the land of Quarrels.