Extortion with Orisa and Ifa Priests in The Driver Seat

By Iyalemole Dr. Queenchiku Ngozi-Fabuluje

December 5th, 2019

extortion pixAmerican Ifa, US, Florida: Orisa/Ifa rituals, studies, sacrifices, divination, and icons will come with a cost in any country. Oyeku Meji states that a person who does not do sacrifice after the priest prescribes the necessary ebo is saying the Ifa priest is a liar, Esu is a thief, and they think that they will never see death. Ifa may say the individual needs to be initiated (Odu Irerte Eguntan) but with a cost for labor, animals, icons, clothes, food, and spiritual substances (normal expenses for the ceremonies). The charges for those sacrifices range from zero to hundreds of thousands of dollars, depending on the market and the financial system of that country. Some people will claim that these costs are the acts of extortion. The Orisa/Ifa priests should not display any distrust when it comes to charging, character, and identity to the world (odu Ika Osa). At the end of the day, fifty percent of the 256 odus state there is a need to do sacrifice for protection from death, sickness, danger, etc., while the other percentage indicates the need to sacrifice to obtain good fortune regardless of whether it’s for wealth, long life, plenty of children, open doors, and so-on. On the flip side of the coin, many people who are not trying to be right in the eyes of Olodumare will look for priests that they can spiritually extort through their own lies, inappropriate behaviors and shortcomings (Odu Ogbe Ale).  Also, some Orisa/Ifa priests have not set themselves apart from most Christian institution’s mega churches in the diaspora and West Africa.

Extortion comes in many forms. Extortion has both negative and positive aspects; it depends on what end of the coin you are on. Under extortion there is coercion, pressure, lying, stealing, swindling, fearmongering, dishonesty, blackmail, etc. Google’s dictionary states that “extortion” means the practice of obtaining something, especially money, through force or threats; or necessity for protection by the payment of money (Odu Ofun Bara). Extortionate qualities are also found in self-dealing (Wrage, 2007). Extortion is an inappropriate act and prohibited for priests to do for their own greed and desires. In odu Ogbe Osa, Ifa says that if a Babalawo/Iyanifa or Orisa priest is in grave wants, let the [priest] not lie to display dishonesty. Ifa oracle explains that many priests are impersonating Orisa or Ifa and acting like mob bosses as they deceive the people by extorting large sums of money for protection. Many are outright stealing, lying, practicing defamatory activities, financial cheating, and blackmailing others who are honest (Odu Ogbe Idi -odi). The cost can range widely due to the wealth of the individual seeking protection which is something that is considered by the priests who inflate the prices through self-dealing. Briefly, self-dealing can be observed in the third party priests who put up defamatory remarks about credible priests on fraud pages to minimizes those priests. They do this to promote another priest who the third party is acting on behalf of because they hold membership cards to that priest’s organizations (Wrage, 2007). Some would call this behavior thuggish like extortion.

 

In 2016, Perlmutter stated that there might be some criminality associated with extortion and orisa and Ifa religious practices. Many people blame social media, advanced technology, and classic Hollywood and Nollywood Nigerian film industries. Orisa/Ifa and spiritual products have become a religious cybercrime on social media from both Nigeria and second diaspora communities (Cuban Babas and Oloshas) (Tade, 2013). There are more and more Latin Botanicas today on the internet especially social media and now Amazon. Social media is flooded by many West African religious cybercrimes from Nigeria by young people who claim they have high status with Orisa and Ifa communities (Tade, 2013), who are worse than title consumers. Many of these oppressors are imposter Orisa and Ifa priests who have victimized both weak and curious people with the projection of death. Lying does not prevent a person from becoming rich (Odu Obara meji). However, manipulation is dishonest and Ifa says that “no matter the condition in which the priests may find themselves, they should never lie to cheat and extort a client in exchange for protection. Because lying can injure other people” (Odu Aji Ogbe).  Unfortunately, technology has created a double-edged sword capable of destruction as well as constructive purposes.

 

In 1988, Mitchell wrote that Santeria/Lucumi, Nigeria, Haiti, Brazil and Diaspora practitioners have come into the business of being deity extorters and it continues to grow rapidly. Today, the business deals to obtain the protection of the Orisa/Ifa is handled like the mafia or like the large global fake healthcare insurance corporations. To illustrate, the extortion is the threat that the Orisa/Ifa will not protect the individual unless they make payments to the priests for sums of money that can add up anywhere from $10,000 to $50,000 per ritual. In Tampa, Florida, there was a botanica charging $1500 for warriors, $500 for Esu alone, and lucky charms ranged from $300 to $500 each. On top of that, there is no training or education provided for the individuals on how to care for the warriors or Esu. Another example, a well-known Iyanifa stated on social media that she did an unauthorized divination and used fearmongering on two persons by telling them that they needed to pay her $200 each and a goat or they would die. Such actions are dishonest, extortion, fearmongering, and lies (odu ogbe osa). This negative behavior has caused distortion in the perceptions people have of the Orisa and Ifa practices. In reality, spiritual cybercrimes and the got to have money attitude are the real forces behind Orisa-Ifa priests’ extortion tactics. Unfortunately, it does no favors to our faith’s integrity and image. It develops individual spirituality displacement. It is sad to hear so many people report how they come to learn about their spirituality from priests in both major systems, only to have those priests take their money and give them in return only beads, icons, initiations, and fearmongering for more money. Many have defined these behaviors as extorting.

 

There are several organizations from both Santeria/Lucumi, Other diaspora traditions, and Nigerian Traditional Orisa/Ifa practices which state in their organizations’ (ex: ICIR, IWA, YCA of Cuba, ACYC, and CLBA, etc.) code of ethics that they will not extort money (Odu Ika Ofun). Today on social media and on instant messenger, an individual becomes prey for extortion due to the ideology of institutional collaboration from many of these organizations mentioned. However, membership cards don’t enforce and hold their members responsible for extortion. The organizations are a part of the problem because various members practice extortion against their clients under the guise of legitimacy. One traditional organization stated “extortion – a priest must not collect or extort money from [their] client(s) or any member of the public under false pretense.” “Liars knows the truth but tell untruth” Ifa says in Odu Ogunda Bede. Every priest who is helping, assisting, charging, and consulting people under their guidance to a better place in life needs to know the difference. Orisa and Ifa practices throughout the diaspora and as well as Traditional Yoruba practitioners are recognized as a blessing. Odu Ose Meji informed that priests that participate in stealing money, contraband, chantage, extortion, drug and sex trafficking, kidnapping, illegal gambling, fraud, prostitution, over pricing, forcing people to get initiated with the use of fear, and so-on will be exposed and handled by Ifa. This is a hot topic which will anger many people as well as confuse others.

In conclusion, this article was written only to discuss some aspects of few organizations and priests concerning basic pricing. It is important to understand that individual’s spirituality cannot be bought with icons, rituals, and initiation. It is earned through continuous studies, practice, education, prayers, self-awareness, pure heart, open-mindedness, balance, and respect for one’s self and others. Additionally, travelling from one diviner to next looking for discounts most likely increases one’s chance of being a victim of extortion because there are always frauds and cons artists available and lurking. Don’t be a consumer spiritual shopper. At the same time, do your research. The right priest just might not be giving discounts.

 

References

Mitchell, R. (1988). Power of the orisha: Santeria, an ancient religion from Nigeria, is making its presence felt in Los Angeles. Retrieved from www.latimes.com/archives/

Perlmutter, D. (2016). Ritualistic crime. In Payne-James, J. & Byard, R. W. (2016) Encyclopedia of forensic and legal medicine (2nd ed.)

Tade, O. (2013). A spiritual dimension to cycbercrime in Nigeria: The “Yahoo Plus” phenomenon. Human Affairs, 23(1), 689-705. doi:10.2478/s13374-013-0158-9

US Department of State (2000). Annual report international religious freedom 1999.

Wrage, A, A. (2007). Bribery undermining business, and governments, and security extortion: Westport, CT: Praeger Security International

 

Misogynistic Orisa and Ifa Babalawos

By Iyalemole Dr. Queenchiku Ngozi-Fabuluje

November 21st, 2019

American Ifa, U.S.Inkedmisogyny231_LI (2) Florida: In the holy odu Ofun Osa, Ifa says “If the world becomes rotten and destroyed it is because no one no longer knows how to behave with one another.” Misogyny is also considered to be sectarianism, superiority, chauvinist, racism, ethnocentrism, and discriminatory. Usually, the male misogynist dislikes or despises or are prejudiced against women in various positions. Misogyny can be attributed to both males and females. Misogyny has a variety of layers in a complex society. Brogaard (2019) asserts that misogynists are self-loathers. The female misogynists have no real powers. Their oppressors do and they assist the oppressors in the dehumanization of other women. Misogyny is present in the Orisa and Ifa practices throughout the diaspora and the Nigerian Yoruba Tradition. It is a huge problem.

The male manifestation of misogyny is more commonly found among Babalawos. The female expression shows itself when women attack other women and assist the Babalawos with inflicting pain on those women reflecting their own self-punishment and self-shaming (Brogaard, 2019). These women are immoral and empty (Odu Odi Ogunda). The odu Okanran Ose says “Ifa enjoins he/she should not keep malice.” Misogyny is totally taboo in the eyes of Ifa (Odi Meji). It creates chaos and madness in the practice of Orisa and Ifa (odu Otura Oyeku). Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche (2018) believes that “we all breathe misogyny.” Aron (2019) evaluated misogyny as societal inequity. Women who ask for equal rights or want men to be held accountable are often called male haters or Orisa and Ifa terrorists. As an example of this behavior, a poser Cuban-initiated Babalawo known as CSK stated in a 2015 article that two women of color were terrorists because they are against the misogyny and racism in Ifa. The women were terrorists because they refused to accept the abuse and sexism in the Orisa and Ifa practices within the diaspora. In 2015, the American Araba from Nigeria called the two American women of color dangerous based on many assumptions and following a misogynistic bashing of American Ifa Fa Afa ideology. The women persisted because the U.S. Department of State Office of International Religious Freedom states everyone has the right to think and move according to their religious beliefs. In addition, the women of color are both initiated to Orisa and Ifa and were following the recommendations of Ifa.

The year is 2019 and misogyny is alive and living well both economically and religiously. It is outrageous when women play misogyny cards for misogynistic Babalawos in both the Lucumi and Nigerian Traditional Yoruba practices. They attack and post defamatory statements against women in the Orisa and Ifa online communities who think differently than them. One article in the Guardian (2019) stated that West African Ifa oracle and Babalawos constantly speak on how important a woman is in the spiritual practices; yet, rape, abuse, discrimination, and the degradation of women is still strong and thriving in these patriarchal societies (Adebowale, 2019). This makes misogyny more in line with sexual discrimination. This especially shows when a male gets initiated to Ifa at a certain price and receives Ifa items including Orisa Odu. A woman will pay that same price and will not receive the same treatment as her male counterpart. She will get a small fraction of what she is due in comparison. Male domination and abuse established and developed these protocols during colonialism including the lies being told against women’s spirituality as well as her religious position. Many Babalawos like to throw out odu Ofun Meji at women when questioned. However, in the oldest books, Ofun Meji states that Orisa Odu said, “NO ONE else may see me…” No one means no one. No man. No woman.

Further examples include the Gelede masquerade where all men dress up like women. It would seem it is only men who can satisfy the Mothers. There is even talk about women not being able to make or wash Esu (Eleggua) or use a knife to do any sacrifice. This is strange when women use a knife every day to cook a meal… a thought outside the box. Men continuously want to rewrite the passages to claim the woman’s position as custodian of the home.

In 2012, the Santeria Church posted how the misconceptions about women in Santeria are due to patriarchal Cuban Babalawos and their misogynistic ideologies and approaches on different Orisa levels. Even so, some women are their own worse enemy. Their need to be wanted, loved, and admired by men who they assume to be powerful causes them to push misogyny on their own gender. Yet as Santeria theology shows, it was women who initially shaped and preserved the Orisa and Ifa practices and knowledge from Nigeria during slavery. Women played a very important role in the New World. Across the water, the West African Nigerian theology dealt with the integration of colonialism which puts women’s lives in incessant jeopardy (odu Ogbe Oyeku).

In 2019, Adebowale recorded Olufnmilayo Ransome Kuti and 10 thousand Egba women declare: “Alake for a long time you have used your penis as a mark of authority that you are our husband. Today, we shall reverse the order and use vagina to play the role of husband.” Beliso-De-Jesus (2015) wrote that the various Ifa Babalawos of the Cuban, Nigerian, and American styles perpetuate coercive control, female religious, economic, and spiritual abuse as well as their misogynistic ideas on what and where a woman’s place is in Ifa. All of which was modeled after the Christian dogma and doctrines of colonialism. Beliso-De-Jesus (2015) also stated that the African style initiation of women into Ifa goes “against Cuban Babalawos’ misogynistic behavior in neoliberal terms of religious freedom.”

There has been an intense argument publicly and online about women in Ifa and the limitations created by men and imposed upon them concerning positions and duties in orisa rituals and ceremonies. All in the name of profit and coercive gender control (Beliso-De-Jesus, 2015). Not only does misogyny create huge divides in the relationship between males and females among the various practices, but it creates conflict and discrepancies in the theology and ritual practice of Orisa and Ifa in all spiritual/religious systems.  At the end of the day, despite all the unfavorable sexism, misogyny, and narcissism within the Orisa and Ifa online communities, the Orisa and Ifa practice centers the Odu-womb-Mothers and is fundamentally a female-based practice. Unfortunately, at this time, it is practiced without actual physical respect and equality for women (odu Ose’Otura).

References

Adebowale, O. (2019). Women arise in the face of misogyny: A cultural perspective. The Guardian. Retrieved from https://guardian.ng/life/women-arise-in-the-face-of-misogyny-a-cultural-perspective/

Beliso-De-Jesus, A. M. (2015). Contentious diasporas: Gender, sexuality, and heteronationalisms in the Cuban Iyanifa debate. Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 40(4), 817-840. doi:10.1086/68037

Brogaard, B. (2015). 12 ways to spot a misogynist. Psychology Today. Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/

Brogaard, B. (2019). 12 ways to spot a female misogynist. Psychology Today. Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/

Santeria Church (2012). The importance of women in Santeria. Retrieved from www.santeriachurch.org/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orisha and Ifa Bankruptcy

By Iyalemole Dr. Queenchiku Ngozi-Fabuluje

November 28th, 2019

American Ifa, 6-25-underwater-art-02US, Florida: There are several types of bankruptcy: corporate bankruptcy, individual bankruptcy, spiritual bankruptcy, Orisha bankruptcy, and so-on. Several U.S. lawyers contributed a definition on Wikipedia stating that bankruptcy “is a process that people or others entitles who cannot repay debts to creditors (ex. Orishas/Ifa) may seek relief (ex. ebo/offerings) from some or all of their debts.” The Orisa and Ifa file bankruptcy against the people who disregard the rules, laws, values, morals, authentications, and spiritual practices. In the firstand second diasporas (American, Cuban and Caribbean) as well as in the Yoruba Traditional practices, the Orishas and Ifa will file bankruptcy because people are insufficient, fraudulent, irresponsible, inconsistent, negligent, lack morals and values, lack transparency, lack authentications, accept Ajoguns, and commit spiritual suicide. In 1999, Frisch stated that spiritual bankruptcy is a disease like self-sabotage (Odu Oyeku Meji). The bankruptcy effects an individual’s total being – mind, body, character, and spirit (Odu Oturupon Meji). In Odu Oturupon-Owonrin, Ifa said “the disease affects not only the mind, but half the body and the genital disease causes a person to be lazy.” There are so many lies written, developmental progressive cults, and male domination occults in today’s societies until it is becoming an overwhelming amount of spiritual disorders, impediments (Odu Irete Olota), and bad forces knocking at a person’s door (Odu Oturupon Oyeku).

It’s almost as if the Ajoguns are working overtime as debt collectors for the Orisa and Ifa. Ajoguns are negative spirits created by Olodumare. Ajoguns are malevolent forces, belligerent enemies, war mongers, and dark spirits such as Orisa Iku, Orisas of diseases, greed, hatreds, sickness, selfishness, loneliness, and so-on (LaGamma & Pemberton, 2000). These forces are usually in the business of spoiling sacrifices and have eternal differences with either the Orishas or Ifa (Odu Irete Meji and Ika Meji). There is an insensitive affiliation between the Ajoguna and Orishas/Ifa (Odu Ose Odi). Ajogun victims are the people who break the taboos of the Orishas and Ifa. They cause Orisa and Ifa to file spiritual bankruptcy. In 2011, Borghini stated online that “spiritual bankruptcy maybe a state of complete lack of some abstract property.” Good properties that please the Orisha and Ifa are replaced. The void instead is filled with self-absorption, oblivion, despair, depression, self-centeredness, morality deprivation, rejection of truth, chaos, financial inadequacy, lies, laziness, boredom, loss, abandonment, greed, death, and so-on (Odu Irete Meji, Ose Odi, and Ejiogbe). The person ends up in debt, owing the Orisa or Ifa or eguns. This causes the individual to become disconnected from the Orisa/Ifa. Not only that, but they now have a distorted viewpoint of the world (Frisch, 1999). They blame the Orisa and Ifa for their suffering instead of looking at their actions and at their disregard for the Orisa and Ifa’s teachings and advice.

Materialism causes spiritual bankruptcy. In Irete Meji, “They slapped him in the face, Imulegbe was another student of Orunmila, they tore his odun dress to shreds. Orunmila declared that he never knew that he had no honor in Ile-Ife anymore… Orunmila got angry and he left Ile-Ife together with his two students. They headed for Zelujuu-ko-seke-ko-sokun in the deep forest. The inhabitants of Ile-Ife began to live in misery and confusion. Penis became switch, female genital became leather, pregnant women were unable to deliver safely, barren women could not become pregnant, oba’s horses had no grass to eat, the rich became chronic debtors, the invalid could not regain their health, those who had hitherto been giving birth to bouncing babies began to deliver still-births, they were running from pillar to post, they went to all the awos… When Ajogun overwhelmed them completely, they were advised to offer ebo… They begged Orisa for a long time, Orunmila refused to accept their apology…” Orunmila says the Ifa did not lie nor did Orisha fail to accommodate when you did not get things you wished for in the time you desired it (Odu Ose’rete).

People get into Orishas and Ifa practices for all the wrong reasons. Some believe it is a get out of jail card or a get rich quick scheme. For others, it’s a way to do witchcraft or further their position on the authority list. Some people make-up astro-initiations and collect titles. Babalawos, oloshas, and Paleros provide faulty advice when they themselves are spiritually bankrupt. When Babalawos, olosha, and Paleros keep their bad habits after initiation, it shows they are disconnected still and have not reach the supreme blessedness.  Many people are not ready to take on the commitment to Orisha and Ifa. People want to continue living their old life while swinging Orisha and Ifa Gucci beads. People are then angry when their life is not flourishing as they believe it should. Better yet, they believe that the Orisha and Ifa have abandoned them. However, the far more plausible explanation is that the Orisha and Ifa have abandoned their bad habits and continuous disrespect towards Mother Earth and the forces of nature. Or even, that the debt the people owed the Orishas which they believed they paid when they did either ebo or addimus (offerings) or die (Odu Iwori Meji) was not in fact paid in full in the eyes of the Orisha and Ifa. It can simply be that they and their own spiritual twin in heaven are not in harmony or their own ori has taken them in the wrong directions.  It does matter when the Odu Ifa states that people owe a debt (Odu Okanran Meji). The Orisa and Ifa do not just up and abandon you for no reason. Today, many people are seeing the world in chaos and feeling the needs of food to feed a void where some people assumed the Orishas and Ifa had abandoned them (Odu Ogunda Okanran). People may approach Orisa differently due to their personalities. This I believe is causing one of the major reasons as to why each of the Orisa and Orunmila have abandoned the people or world. The bankruptcy is unavoidable because of people’s different definitions of Orisha, Ifa, and spiritual development (Kennedy, 2013). People can be their own worst enemy (Odu Okanran Meji). This has continued to develop a long-term spiritual bankruptcy. With the quality of being bankrupt or in debt with the Orisa and Ifa, the individual is in deep trouble. Return on Investment is best when everything is in alignment with truth, respect, and honor (Odu Ose’tura, Osa’tura, and Ejiogbe).

Therefore, know how, why and for what reasons you are investing in the orisha and or Ifa as well as your ancestors. The important thing is to know how much time you willing to invest in the orisha. It’s like that old cliché “give a man a fish and he will eat for a day, teach a man how to fish he will never be hungry…he will eat for a lifetime.” Know your teacher and be committed to studying every day. Live what you desire because you’ll get what you put in. Orisha live because you live! Happy Day of Giving Thanks!

 

References

Frisch, S. (1999). Spiritual bankruptcy: Part 1: Alive and Well News. Retrieved from www.aliveandwell news.com/

Kennedy, J. (2013). Pt 1: Spiritual views of life: Different forms of spirituality for different personalities. Retrieved from www.jeksite.org/

LaGamma, A. & Pemberton, J. (2000). Art and oracle: African art and rituals of divination. New York, NY: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Loue, S. (n.d.). Santeria. Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion. doi:10.1007/978-1-4614-6086-2

 

The Libel By The Real Fraud Called Apena Dafa

By Iyalemole Dr. Queenchiku Ngozi-Fabuluje

November 13th, 2019

American Ifa, US, Florida: According to the 28 U.S. code § 4101 (defamation, libel, slander), it is stated that libel is a form of slander and defamation. Slander, libel, defamation “or similar claim alleging that forms of speech are false cause damage to reputation and/or emotional distress, [it also] presents [a] person in a false light or results in criticism, dishonor, or condemnation of [the] person” (Chung, 2019). Bottom line, libel is slandering and lying to defame which is an act of conspiring against someone.

The great oracle (aka Ifa) says that people should be truthful, honest and the orisas will support them (Odu Ejiogbe). Odu Obara Meji states that lying doesn’t keep a person from being rich or becoming old, but upon their death it will bring retribution. Lying, defaming, or publishing libel about someone is an attempt to deceive the world or the community about that person (Adewale, 1994). In ancient times, African traditional priests would chant curses on liars and ask the divinities to condemn the liars … to not to deceive or betray in foreign land (Odu Ogunda Bede). However as people become more and more in need of recognition and greed, they slowly create falsehood in the traditional African religious spiritual practices of the diaspora (Adewale, 1994). The liars that slander (and produce libel) are the conspirators who go against everything that ifa stands for.

When conspiring against someone this way, Ifa says the guilty will be punished (Odu Ogbe Alara). People who make themselves orisa and ifa cops, judges, and justice against innocent people are committing wrongdoing by falsely accusing someone of fraud or crime. People who conspire against people are fraudulent and thieves. Their ego causes them to belittle, shame, and embarrass people to make themselves look big. Ifa tells of this through the story where people were envious of Orunmila’s annual reading at Olokun festival. The conspirators betrayed people for money. A long story short, Orunmila found the conspirators around Olokun telling lies about him and suggesting that Orumila be replaced. This has happened in this way of life. There are a few people who promote certain people as they make allegations of fraud against others who are accredited and innocent all for the sake of money. The orisa and Ifa traditional societies are becoming more and more criminal using the diaspora and its traditions not for spirituality but solely for money.

The Orisa and Ifa traditional system is a strong moral base of society (Adewale, 1994). Certain factions of the religion or spiritual society have poisoned and injected a disease of insincerity, corruption, fraud and felonies in the concept of Ifa. That should raise red flags for the people, not the few people who end up on these fake fraud platforms set up by the governing and dishonest Apena Dafa (Adewale, 1994).  Ifa says in Odu Obara Meji that Ifa condemns disrespect and arrogance (i.e., Ifa – “a child indulges in stubborn acts, if he sees an aged priest and slaps him; if he comes across an aged physician and beats him mercilessly; if he goes on and meets an aged priest and knocks him down, thus declares the oracle to the disobedient child…”). Therefore, the libel by the Apena Dafa on a variety of platforms is fraudulent and criminal in Orunmila’s eyes.

The self-deputized, fraudulent-acting Apena Dafas have acted in an unacceptable, criminal way in the diaspora. This dishonesty will cause the religion to shorten its life forces as well as produce more and more uncertainties and dysfunctional relationships between various orisa/ Ifa societies. These types of judgement cause an unstable individual to implement harmful acts towards innocent people who have credibility.  It almost guarantees the death of the tradition in the diaspora as well as Africa as people wish it to be. People who are seeking guidance and entrance to the orisa and or Ifa are confused and damning the tradition. This also feeds the preconceptions and notions that the practice is negative and evil. In addition, the rituals, spirituality, and materialization of the Ifa and orisas will slowly dissolve the practices in the foreign land and the diaspora as well.

On the other hand, the conspirator(s) in the diaspora can face either felony or misdemeanor charges and a possible fee if found guilty of deliberately accusing a person of crimes they did not commit and spreading rumors to tarnish a person’s reputation or defame them. Minc (2019) stated there have been several civil lawsuits to the U. S. Supreme court over slander or libel. It is a serious matter. At the end of the day, the criminals who commit a crime by falsely accusing innocent people will meet a serious and adequate punishment in the orisa and Ifa traditional system as well as in the courts (Adewale, 1994).  Recommendation is to get a lawyer, press charges and sue.

References

Adewale, S. A. (1994). Crime and African traditional religion: Orita XXVI/1-2 (1994), 54-66. Retrieved from http://www.africaspeaks.com

Chung (2019). Supreme Court of Georgia. Cottrell v. Smith et al. S16A0013 Decided: July 08, 2016. https://caselaw.findlaw.com

 

Legal Information Institute (2019). U.S. Code § 4101. Definitions: Defamation. Retrieved from www.law.cornell.edu/

 

Minc (2019). Defamation removal law. Retrieved from https://www.minclaw.com/us-defamation-laws/

2018 American Ifa Annual Reading for America USA_real American Ifa

AMERICAN IFA FA AFA (501c3) – Annual Ifa America / USA Reading for 2018 was done on Thursday, December 21st, 2017 at 10:30 am in the State of Florida; for the total USA States, regions, and territories.

THE ODU FOR 2018 THROUGH IKIN IFA:

OBI:
Esu Baralayiki – Ejife
Ancestors – Etawa ire/ Ejife ire (victory after struggles)

ODU OGBE IROSUN (Ogbe Dawo Osun)
Ibi (osogbo) losses kote Yale, 10ifaopon
1st: Ofun
2nd: Otura

READING ORISA:
Obatala Ayagguna

ACCOMPANYING ORISA:
Oya

SUPPORTING ORISA

Osun and IyaMiis

PROVERBS:
1. You was born to be the head but you was left for the tail

2. You was born to be served and NOT the servant

3. Odu about restoring balance.

4. If the head is not sold no one will buy it

Ogbe Irosun ebo: fish, jutia, toasted corn, pennies, rum, ashe orula, ogbe irosu marking off the opon board, and peanut oil in a brown bag to clean yourself thoroughly; put bag in a hollow hole or hollow in the trunk of a tree.

CLOSING ODU:
Ofun ‘Osa– enemies, changes, blindness, traps, losses, embarrassment, phenomena from space. Don’t be nosy. Be careful when visited to a party. Know who knocking at the door late at night. Be careful of robbery. Financial crisis and Wars

MAFEREFUN:
Ancestors, Orunmila, Ela, Ori, Esu, Ogun, Obatala, Oshun, Oya, BabaluAye, Dada, Sango, Yemaya, Oduduwa, IyaMi, eguns, Olokun, Osain

METALS:
– Silver
– Copper
– Brass

FLAG COLOR:

White with trim yellow

RECEIVED:

-Receive hand of Ifa (kofa)
• Receive Ibeji
NOTE:

ONLY USE PALM OIL FOR THE WITCHES, AND

PEANUT OIL FOR THE ORISA AND IKINS

EBOS:

a. 5 hens and honey to Oshun
b. Eggs and 1 hen to the IyaMi with palm oil

c. If you have Oshun wear her bracelets

d. Wear Orunmila necklace

e. If you have Oya, where here bracelet on right hand
f. Keep your Ori clean – do the right thing and stay focused
g. Ifa priest must put addimus and things to Orisa Odu. Take care of Orisa Odu.

h. 2 black hens to Oya

i. sweets to Mama Chola

j. wash head with coconut milk, goat milk, and cascarilla [efun]

PROHIBITION:

  1. Do not use palm oil for the orisa and only use palm oil to the witches; (give peanut oil for orisa only)
    Do not smoke or drink alcohol
    Do not eat spicy and salty foods
    Do not open the door after you have gone to bed
  2. Do not sleep in total darkness
  3. Do not wear clothes with holes or tears
  4. Do not look into holes
  5. Do not open doors so quickly for people you don’t know
    Awo do not sit with his butt on the board
  6. Do not cheat
  7. Do not be greedy
  8. Do not lie
  9. Don’t think about getting revenge
  10. Avoid adultery, including unmarried people in a relationship
  11. People shouldn’t live alone.
  12. Avoid consumption of blood, no rare meat.
  13. Women need to take care of ovaries, womb and periods.
  14. Do not dress like friends or celebrities.
  15. No torn or ripped clothes.
  16. No holes including torn lace. No stripes.
  17. Do not jump over holes, or keep things in hole.
  18. Don’t hide in tight places, closets, caves, etc.

THIS ODU SAY:

Trust is very important. Don’t lie and hide the truth. Hiding the truth causes betrayal. Know which secrets to keep. Foster truth, be straightforward because lies can cause ruin. This year relationships will be ruined because of lies, betrayal and lack and trust.

Problems will arise between Awos and godchildren (Omos) because of lack of trust. Omo could go to other people for issues and problems instead of Godparents. Owos may accuse the Iya/Baba of lying to them, which is a betrayal of trust. The other person consulted doesn’t have the Omo’s best interest at heart. They may enter into secret plots or plans against the Godparent(s) or the Ile. Seek consultation from your Iya/Baba for work that needs to be done. Don’t go outside of the house, don’t try to go outside/above head of the Godparent in charge because this is the one way the house can be destroyed. Must be careful about who you talk to about Orisa. If you need clarity about something or need work to be done and are not sure about what is sanctioned or appropriate, talk to your Iya/Baba, not someone else. Respect your Godparent, respect your elders, don’t betray their trust.

Odu talks about the importance of doing sacrifice. People have to make sure that they’re taking care of their health, watching what they eat, keeping doctor appointments, getting annual checkups. Since this Odu came in osogbo, because it deals with a lot of death such as death from hidden and chronic illnesses.

This Odu also talks about court cases. People need to take care what they doing out in the world. Be sure that you are taking care of business, keeping your secrets to yourself.

This Odu talks about losses, infidelity, lies and truth. You know we have to be honest and open your eyes for hidden truths and hidden agendas. A good example of what to look out for is our government, which has been doing a lot of things behind closed doors and in the darkness. There are things that will hurt a large amount of people this year. People will have to seek spiritual solutions to maintaining their health and having balance.

This Odu talks about restoring balance. The United States government is going to cause a lot of people a lot of stress due to underhandedness, cunning and corruption.

In this Odu, Ogun taught man the art of using tools. It also speaks of farming and how because of government corruption and climate issues farmers are going to have problems. We need to learn the art of using Ogun’s tools to plant food and plant herbs as a way to maintain our health as well as maintaining our family. Farmers will also have problems due to chemicals and chemical warfare.

Because this Odu came in Osogbo, there are going to wars.  We’re going to see miniature wars, big wars, civil wars, wars within your household between men and women.

This Odu also talks about learning to dress better in 2018. We should not be dressing like a vagabonds or beggars. No ripped clothes or clothes with holes. We need to dress like kings and queens. We have to have pride because that will help open certain doors. In 2018 there will be a lot of losses that deal with finance and people will judge you based on the way you dress as well as the way you handle yourself and your character.

This Odu talks about witchcraft. People are going to be throwing a lot of witchcraft at each other. Doing stupid things, just throwing at you for whatever reason.

This Odu talks about people diluting this way of life,  this religion. It has already started and can be seen as more people write books that have no purpose, no truth. People are getting these books that have no truth or real purpose and assuming they are truthful. This will continue to dilute the authentic customs and practices of those in this way of life. Within the next 10 years or so what you see in practice today is not going to be going on because the religion will be so diluted. This is by design and intentional so this way of life can be diminished and as a way to dismantle our religion.

This year we need to take care of our Ori. This Odu talks about Kufa. If you don’t have your Kofa entering 2018, you need to try to get it as soon as possible. Since this Odu came in osogbo, it talks about death and since it was Orunmila that made the agreement with Iku that if you are wearing his Ide and it is not your time, Iku will pass you by.  Even if you have been given the Ide Orunmila by your Iya/Baba, you still need to receive your Kofa to give you that extra support from Orunmila. This Odu says before the dying of Ogbe Irosun that the death of Egun will pass you by. You want Iku to pass you by. You need to know how to fight smart, fight intelligent, because Iku will be coming to the houses due to a lie.

Everyone present should do this Ebo: Place fish, jutia, toasted corn, pennies and peanut oil in a brown bag and clean yourself thoroughly and put the bag in a hole or hollow in the trunk of a tree.

This year your Orunmila eleke should be one of the main one you wear this year.

This year be careful of betrayal. Being careful with enemies that do not sleep at night because they are busy watching what you and what you do.

This Odu speaks of  being careful of hidden diseases in our bodies. Stay up on our health,  go to the doctor, get your physicals and get your checked out, especially your blood because your blood could be hiding something.

This Odu talks about humility. We must have humility this year. There will be a lot of people going crazy due to rules, regulations and government corruption Take care of your Ori and watch out for the crazy people. Those who you think are not crazy are crazy!

This Odu talks about don’t cheat Esu. For example, some people will make them a good drink but give Esu some cheap drink. If you can drink expensive drink then you give Esu expensive drink. Always acknowledge Esu wherever he is. Sometimes people will come to the house and never give Esu anything, not candy, corn or nothing. Give to Esu first.

This Odu is the way of the Apetibii. The Apetibii needs to be up on their job and they need to stay ahead of what they need to take care of. They need to take care of Orunmila this year and give Oshun 5 Hens. If they don’t have it they need to receive 5 gold bracelets from Oshun and wear your Oshun Elekes because of Oshun  is going to come and look out for the Apetibii.

In this Odu a woman can have 2 husbands at the same time. This Odu also speaks of confusion about roles in the couple’s life. This confusion is because the couple was married in heaven in a past life and held a position that was opposite of their current position (i.e. the husband was the wife in heaven and the wife was the husband in heaven). This can create conflicting sexual identify and confusion in the current marriage. They love each other but that confusion exists and must be talked about and worked through. Gender confusion is prevalent in society too and must be considered a spiritual issue not a physical one.

Iyamis are not happy. Must do Ebo to the Iyamis this year.

Here it speaks of the rebirth of the idea of people from another world manifesting here on this Earth. The idea of the big bang and aliens is reborn.

This Odu talks about being mindful about being greedy in order to avoid problems.  If you were able to go and get something free one time, maybe you need to hold off before you go again because the next time you go there might be an issue.

In order to receive Ire this year, we must heed the warnings of Ifa because Ifa does predict good fortune, but only through Ebo.

In this Odu, there is a phenomenon of changing your Ori. If you are a priest, switch your head. For example, if you are a Priest of Esu and your mother is Yemonya, this year you will function as a Priest of Yemonya.

Zarabanda comes up in this Odu as well as Mama Chola. People need to bring some kind of sweetness to Mama Chola for Ire.

The negative is the the men who will be with a lot of women are going to catch hell. It says the men that want to be with a lot of women should beware because some of these women have men and this is where cheating can cause death. Betrayal is the issue. If you have more than one woman or man, you are cheating and betraying someone. Dishonesty and betrayal goes both ways.  Men need to have more respect for women.

In this Odu, Obatala punishes people for envy with blindness. This is where you are supposed to be the head and end up being the tail. Obatala will fix those who have negative things to say about American Ifa and those claiming to be American Ifa. Oshun and Oya will come and help us with the struggle. Stop begging Orunmila and go to the other Orisas for help.  Awos that only have Orunmila will run into problems because they don’t have another Orisa to go to. We need to stop asking Orisa for forgiveness when we’re not willing to forgive.

In this Odu, Orunmila will come and take his wives this year and where Oshun became a servant. So Apetibiis must not be servants. Men must do for themselves. Cook his own food, wash his clothes and iron for himself. Orunmila does not want the Apetibii to be the servant. Odu says the man must learn to wash the dishes and the become more self-sufficient. Couples will have to have a relationship agreement. This Odu talks about restoring balance and Ifa says that the man receives blessings and Ire from the wife.

The restoration of balance also refers to people as a whole on this earth, the environment, our government, our food, our lives, our family, and our children. We are going to have to do certain Ebos to restore balance. Although Obatala and Oya are governing in this Odu, the Iyamis and Oshun are together on this too because this is where Ifa takes the wives. Here Orunmila claims his Apetibiis and reminds men that the Apetibii belongs to Orumila not you. He is looking at how the women are treated because he does not want his wives to be servants. Babalawos are treating the Apetibiis and women badly and this must stop. Orunmila could also claim wife/woman in the form of death. The Odu states there is a powerful person who wants to take woman from the husband and that person is Orunmila. Orunmila has the ability to kill any person at any time. Orunmila can claim the wife permanently because she became a servant and he does not wish her to be one. This can also pertain to Iyanifas too. This is obvious not only in the religion but in the world. Women are stepping up and speaking out about domestic violence and sexual assault.

This Odu talks about behavior and character especially among the priests. We must be patient especially with enemies because they will be the one bowing to them. Ignore those who try to correct you, disrespect you. Just don’t respond, stay on your path and Orunmila will take care of them. Let Orunmila, Oshun and the others speaking in this Odu do the fighting.

When we do proper Ebo in a timely fashion, we will have success, long life and all of our enemies will end up bowing at our feet. Person will have no problems making money, finding love and will find a place that he wants. Must do Ebo and be of good character and you will have good fortune and life will be smooth.

If the head is not sold no one will buy it. A king saves the town. You were born to be the head not the tail. If you are not doing the right things, you will suffer. You will be disrespected, betrayed, dishonored. This again addresses how the Omos will do something outside of the house to disrespect the Godparent(s).

This Odu speaks of the plucking of birds after sacrifice and nangare before Ita.

In Osogbo this Odu speaks of problems between child and father that must be healed – Ebo if your father is dead: cook a fish and offer it to your father and Eguns.

Be careful of wickedness and not being caught up in wicked things. No revenge. Don’t focus on revenge. Don’t think about getting revenge. Although there will be people doing wicked and evil against us, we must stay strong. People will come and throw on you, the house and American Ifa the entire year. Note evil that will be returned to the evil doer.

From this moment on we must dedicate ourselves to learning as much about this religion, its history and this way of life as you can. This will increase your ability to grow and be strong in this religion. Need to learn songs, prayers and customs (etiquette and protocols) so that we will not be an embarrassment to our house, American Ifa and the religion. Act accordingly with respect. Learn at least one song for your head. Learn songs for Egun.

Avoid adultery, including unmarried people in a relationship, especially with others in the religion because this will bring death. Even person who may have sexual identity crisis, who are on the – downlow who use opposite sex to mask their preference for the same sex should avoid infidelity and betrayal because this can result in death if they are caught. Secrets and betrayal will cause death. Even masturbation needs to be curtailed. There is an Ebo to help with this that requires rooster and hen to have intercourse and then using the fluids for the Ebo. A knowledgeable Priestcan help with this.

PRESENT AND WITNESSED:
– Iyalawo Ayaba Oloye OchaBi Fabuluje, Ika Meji
(Queenchiku Ngozi of Ile Ikoko Ata)
– Afavi (IyaNifa) Ayaba Oloye Melba Farrell, Ika Fun of Ile Orun
– Babaolorisha/oriate Turbado EsuDina Faseye
– Awotunde Ifaseye, Osa ‘Wori
– Apetibi Olaifa Faseye
– Apetibi EfunYale Faseye
– Ifa AfeAfe Lyons

– OlaYemi Jefferson
– Ogbogbo Ancestors and Orisha
– Orunmila and Ela

 

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American Ifa

We proudly introduce American Ifa, founders, and

F.N.C.V.T.T. (Fédération Nationale des Cultes Vaudous et des Traditions du Togo)

Benin/Togo West Africa

This certificate is gotten only on advice of Ifa/Fa/Afa for individuals as a calling to take a lead position as head chief, initiate to Mami Wata, the Vauduous, Afa/Fa/Ifa and years of dedication to the awareness of African Spirituality and

betterment of the people who are devoted to and practice African Spirituality.

This certification given to Ayaba-Oloye Erelu-Abiye Unsi-Tassinon and Iya Ayaba OchaBi-Ifabuluje.

13139332_10209587916033899_8340306330153734386_nCongratulations!!!

Recognizance for meeting all the qualifications for such a prestigious honor as a titled head “MAMI ADE” (Crowned Chief Mother of MAMI Wata “Water Spirits) at AGBEDEHOUE TEMPLE. It is honored for their lifelong achievements in African Spirituality to include their initiations to the Vaudous and, /Ifa/Fa/Afa and this title is respected by the F.N.C.V.T.T (Fédération Nationale des Cultes Vaudous et des Traditions du Togo) that includes our beloved homelands (Togo, Benin, Ghana, Nigeria and now recognized in the USA of America)

Fédération Nationale des Cultes Vaudous et des Traditions du Togo (FNCVTT)

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AMERICAN IFA Receive Endorsement: The Gullah Nation of North America (GNONA)

We are so honored and proudly thankful…..

Thank you Harold Hillery and the Gullah Nation of North America for acknowledging Iya Ayaba-Oloye OchaBi OseTura and Ayaba-Oloye Erelu-Abiye Unsi-Tassinon for contributions to the advancement of African Spirituality in the diaspora. We will continue to form bonds and to connect more and more people on this side of the world to their African roots via DNA testing and providing a variety of information on African traditions and culture. Like they say, you can take the person out of the country but you can’t take the country out of the person. May we all endeavor to make our ancestors proud for the sacrifices they made for us by finding our true roots and honoring them. Àṣẹ!

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Gullah Nation of North America
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1-888-693-8314 ext. 2
August 22, 2016

American Ifa-Fa-Afa
c/o Ayaba-Oloye Erelu-Abiye Unsi-Tassinon
Ayaba-Oloye Ochabi Ose Ture

I would like to personally thank both of you for agreeing to be our Special Guests on the Gullah Nation of North America’s Blogtalk radio show on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 7-9 PM EST. We will delight and engage our listening audience on the topics of the growing surgence of Gullahs embracing Afrikan-Diasporic Spirituality, the Spiritual Sankofa process and will this move solve the social justice issues which tend to cripple us as a people. Please share the call in number (657) 383-0686.

We have endorsed the American Ifa-Fa-Afa organization located in the diaspora as the premier agency to teach and inspire the Gullahs of making their way back home spiritually. I have engaged Ayaba-Oloye Erelu-Abiye Unsi-Tassinon and Ayaba-Oloye Ochabi Ose Tura over two years now and you both have exhibited your love for learning and properly propagating the Ifa-Orisa tradition. You both have given so very freely of yourselves to the Diaspora. We must stand in UNITY and STRENGTH.

The purpose of the Gullah Nation of North America (GNONA) is to unify the Descendants of Gullahs into a social, political and economic network of unique family histories, traditions, and ethnic heritage in the 21st Century. Most Gullahs throughout the post emancipation era have migrated from the Gullah lands of our origins along the sea islands and coastal low country of South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida over the last 150 years and find ourselves today scattered and integrated with the general Eurocentric populations of the United States of America.

After decades of research, it’s been concluded that we are a separate but related ethnic group of African Americans that have, despite all attempts, managed to preserve the most Afrocentricity and African-centeredness out of any sub-ethnic group on North American soil. Our distinct African cultural traditions and Gullah language have survived chattel slavery, Jim Crow segregation, and integration. Many of us don’t even know that we are Gullahs and most cannot understand our significance enough to appreciate our pride.

The Gullah Nation of North America (GNONA) was founded to reconnect us all to our roots and Gullah lands as a unique group of African people! We are reawakening by reexamining and organizing ourselves as Gullahs who are officially and globally recognized and respected as a people with a legacy of greatness. The African Diaspora and/or Gullah descendants in the United States of America must come together as ONE of many African ethnic nationalities to contribute to this historic process and we welcome you to actively participate in these efforts.

Aims:
1. Unify the dispersed Gullahs of the Gullah Nation of North America
2. Rescue and revive the traditional culture of the Gullah Nation of North America
3. Create and Identify the unique needs of the Gullah political agenda of the Gullah Nation of North America
4. Defend the existing historical Gullah lands and communities of the Gullah Nation of North America
5. Develop a legitimate independent government for all Gullah people to centralize our vast network of families into a single national body with every agency and function of a contemporary state government, defined and democratically ratified, by Gullah people in our exclusive cultural, political, social, and economic interests as an African Diaspora nation.

Objectives:
1. Empowerment of the Gullah people
2. Elevation of our unique cultural heritage and legacy of achievement
3. Birth the Gullah Nation of North America as a legitimate and legalized nation-state formation with all of the international and national human and civil rights and respect of ALL nations of people that have declared and determined for themselves to be such
4. Reparations for the genocidal enslavement, segregation (domestic colonization), and gentrification (modern capitalist invasion) of Gullah people and our National Territory
5. Repatriation Resettlement of Gullah people both on our historical North American territory and the African continent from which we were forcefully taken captive and enslaved.

American Ifa 2016

AMERICAN IFA FA AFA – IFA READING FOR 2016

On 12/21/2015

Afavi (IyaNifa) Ayaba OchaBi Fabuluje Ifaseye Ika meji Ile Ikoko Ata

Afavi Ayaba Oloye Erelu-Abiye Unsi-Tassinon, Ika Fun,

Shaina Yemajah Apetebi de ifa

Efunyale Obatala Apetebi de Ifa

Awotunde Ade Ogun

Turbado Esudino

Gbogbo Devotees

 

LAB: Obi Nganga etawa ire/Alafia; obi egun/egungun: etawa/alafia

LEADING ODU (Ikin ifa): Ogunda Otura (Ogunda’tetura; Ogunda’Tetuala)/ ejiogbe ‘edi AFA KPONLI (AFA Odu): Guda Tula

“TRANSFORMATION and PERSEVERANCE”

IRE: Ejiogbe, Ire elese Olodumare tesi Timbelaye, not firm without proper ebo (all our luck and blessings is coming from God)

IBI: Warns not to put yourself in the hole, which you dig for yourselves.

EBODE: Irosun’Rete (Loso Lete)

LEADING ORISHA: Sango, Ogun and Oshun

Oriki Orunmila:

Orunmila, ajomisanra, ibi keji Olodumare Eleri Ipin, Omo ope kan ti nsoro dogi dogi, Ara Ado, Ewi, ara Igbajo, ara Iresi, ara Ikole, ara Igeti, ara oke Itase, Ara iwonran ibi ojumo ti nmo waiye akoko Olokun, oro ajo epo ma pon, Olago lagi okunrin ti nmu ara ogidan le, o ba iku ja gba omo e sile, Odudu ti ndu ori emere, o tun ori ti ko sunwon se, Orunmila ajike, Orunmila ajike, Orunmila aji fi oro rere lo. Ase

TRANSLATION:

The spirit of fate, dew and eternal source of life, word and exultant strength, next to Olodumare, Witness to creation, offspring, palm tree, spark, eternal force. Ado native, native EWI native Igbajo, Iresi native, native Ikole, Igeti native, native Itase Hill, This native generator sea pure mystical Is the most powerful who gives youthful vitality, who rescues children from the wrath of death. The great savior who saves youth, he saves the lost, Orunmila is worth pleas in the morning, Orunmila is worthy of praise in the morning, Orunmila is worthy of prayers for the good things in life. Ase.

Ogunda: In Ire (positive statement) involve internal strength with intelligence.

Otura: In Ire (positive statement): The representation of a wise person, able to use the experience in the day.

Joining these Irunmoles: In Ire (positive event): The healthy maintenance of our relationships as a result of honesty

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FLAG: white trim with yellow and black

REFLECTION: Health (mental and physical), war, slavery, and servant

MAFEREFUN: Olodumare, Sango, Ogun, Oshun

EBO: four legs to Ogun, 2 Roosters to Sango, 2 Hens to Oshun, Ewe baths,

SPEAKING: Olodumare, Orunmila, Opele, Esu, Osanyin, Iyami Osoronga, Ogun, Oshun, Sango, Oya, Orishanla, Obaluaye

VODUN JEJE: Mami, Lisa, Dan, Ke, Tohosu, Hevioso (Sango), Gu (ogun), Ososi (Obatola),

“The last will become first”

“Turtle face was so passive Olodumare could not manipulate”

“From the sky you see everything”

“Marks the beginning of a turbulent time”

“Marks a significant change – ultimately positive after trial and tribulation with change and proper ebo ”

THINGS BORN IN THIS SIGN:

o Slavery – slave trade

o Religious boredom89982173

o Esu Obuko

o Hypochondriac

o Hypocrite

o Betrayal

o Exploitation

o Robbery

o Anger

o Wars and battles

o Sacred crowns

o Ile koro – the city of spirits

o Embarrassment of Sango hanging himself, accompanied by this faithful servant Aba

o Must take good care of Ogun and Sango

o A spirit called Kalawao – white person

o The mark of mental and physical illness by enemies – suicide

o Palm oil is taboo for Esu

o The declarations of Ifa to Sagbagiriyan

o Those who are honest

o The support of the deities

o Being responsible and reliable Ako kiye! A bird of infinite beauty is in charge of the Kingdom of witchcraft

PROHIBITION:

o Alcohol

o Do not use force

o The fraud

o Abstinence

o Manipulation

o Carrying things on the head

TABOO:

Palm oil is taboo for Esu (Elegba) in this sign. Use peanut oil for all the orisha and Esu Use Palm Oil for Iyami only

STORY: Adikun the mother of Olufon was taken as a slave and she became the wife of Oduduwa and later gave birth to Eshu Olankin. She would bathe him with palm oil. Olankin used to become enraged. This is the reason why Oya is called Adikun since the palm oil is called adi and this is TABOO, for ÈṢÙ. DO NOT GIVE PALM OIL TO ÈṢÙ THIS YEAR! USE PEANUT OIL (Groundnut oil)

ODU RECOMMENDATION

o The honesty

o Good character

o Humility

DESCRIPTION:

  • Respect the physical and spiritual mothers
  • People will be leaving the religion because of weariness – abandonment
  • Learning things that is not true from godparents
  • Godparents abandoning the children – outgrow each other
  • There will be wars between families, neighbors, friends, countries and governments
  • People will take care of their ori
  • People have to avoid getting involve in other people problems
  • People have to reframe from gossip, arguments and hearsay
  • People have to make sure they are getting proper help to not fall into big trouble; if you are not a initiated priest…there are things that you should not be doing
  • Have to make sure people are doing the right thing that they don’t become slave to the spirits and can’t escape their problems • This odu talks about assassination – self destructions
  • This odu talk about witchcraft from other pagan religions
  • This odu talk about not giving esu and orisa palm oil, leave the palm oil for Iyami
  • This odu talk about being careful in signing contracts or doing things in 3’s
  • This odu talks about not opening and holding other people’s mail
  • This odu talks about not buying stolen items or the police will arrest you
  • The people need not lie
  • People who carry weapons- be careful that the weapon don’t be use against you and you see your own death….just put it away
  • People need to not keep birds caged in their home
  • Here is where people are leaving Olodumare out of their prayers
  • Here is where people are cursing for the lack of things, always thinking that others may have it better than themselves….worry about self.
  • Be careful where you walk so you bring no harm to yourselves.
  • People must take care of their mothers both physically and spiritually
  • Women have to take care of their internal organs…a lot surgeries for women and their wombs
  • Women being with jealous men can cause struggles and physical abuse issues and situations
  • Women who are single and are surrounded by suitors are in a great position to be married. Orunmila should be consulted to decide on the one
  • Back pains and headaches from stress
  • Talks about the spiritual cleansing that is done at the sea; Orunmila is talking about the ceremony to Olokun to stay clean
  • People have to be careful with their siblings who may have bad feelings and it turn into war and loss of life
  • Children leaving home for apparent reason
  • Ifa says that emotional depression indicates that many people are not aligned with their destiny

IRE POINT VIEW:

  • Increasing family
  • Promoting prevention against diseases
  • Recognizing the power of nature and respecting the orisha
  • Avoid being disrespectful to our environment
  • Work on understanding self
  • Working with ogun for financial gain
  • Working with ogun in spiritual houses so the house is not empty
  • Everyone must work together with ogun in their spiritual house to reap the benefits
  • Give Mami WATA sweets, perfumes, sweet powders for money gain
  • Give our egbe a lot of sweets pastries for money gain
  • Oyu being the deity of fate always indicates that a good attitude must be implemented to avoid negativity that harms life
  • Combine Orunmila beads on the eleke of oshun and add coral inside ifa
  • Good relationship with the mother provides spiritual protection

RECOMMENDATIONS:

  • Take care of your health
  • Take care of your ori (head)
  • Take care of your children so they don’t leave home to soon
  • Don’t get into wars and battles that are not yours
  • Be careful what you say to people which can turn into arguments and fights
  • Avoid fraudulent activities and fabrications that turns into lies
  • Don’t wear a lot of things around the neck – void being hung
  • Take care of Ogun and Sango
  • Wear as much white as possible
  • Put Olodumare in all prayers
  • Respect yourself to respect others
  • Develop good character
  • Be honest
  • Have humility
  • Work a lot with ancestors and spiritual guides
  • Work a lot with your Egbe and Mami giving them sweets, so-on
  • Get close to Ifa- Fa- Afa
  • Keep yourself spiritual and physically clean
  • Pay attention to business contracts
  • Don’t buy hot or stolen items
  • Void arguments with family, friends, neighbors, and so-on
  • Being responsible and reliable
  • To balance the emotional state and gain hope, face the inner fear that does not allow the determination, since it is the negativity that ties us to despair
  • Do not waste time fighting the enemies, as this action will cause diseases
  • The justification is characteristic
  • The hypocrisy is often seen only to people who allow this type of attitude in their lives to fill the inner emptiness of what they are

EWE:

  • Ceiba
  • Hala Hala
  • Jobo
  • Curujey
  • Guasina

Odu Ogunda Tura oracle 207:1 : by Ifa international foundation Sakamba (I am quite clean) was divined for Ota (stone) in the water, We gear sickness, Ota-Omi was told not to be afraid of sickness And was asked to offer sacrifice so that he might not be sick Ota-Omi was further asked to offer sacrifice so that he would remain stationary The sacrifice: a snail, a pigeon, 3200 cowries and ifa leaves He heard and sacrificed and was free from sickness

Oracle 207:2: Ogundata-tura, it is good that enables one to overcome enemy. An ill-favored person can be easily entrapped by his enemy. Who gave birth to me? An ill-favored person is one whom most people believes to be turned and yet he thinks that he is much loved. In strong winds, egbee plant fall upone another; in lie manner, my enemies will die one after the other. they will never befriend one another; the male lizards do not befriend one another in a short time. (this is said when cleaning with ifa leaves and irosu powder)

Commentary:

The odu came with Ire (good) however Ogunda is always a difficult sign to live with that why it is necessary to list the Ibi (bad) or negative aspects of this sign. If we only look for the good in the ODUS and do nothing to stop the bad things, we might as well not even pay attention to any of what is said about the good. Life is about balance and duality.

We of American Ifa-Fa-AFA wish you a happy, healthy, and prosperous year ahead. Àṣẹ!

 

American Ifa on Training

TRAINED: A VALIDATION AND INVALIDATION TOOL
By Ayaba OchaBi Ifabuluje-Ifaseye and Ayaba-Oloye Erelu-Abiye Unsi-Tassinon
Nov. 27, 2015

TRAINED; conformed, conditioned, brainwashed.
Among Ifa/Orisa Initiates, it means VALIDATED.

UNTRAINED; not conformed, not conditioned and not brainwashed Among Ifa/Orisa Initiates, it means INVALIDATED, FAKE AND FRAUD.

DO YOU NEED TRAINING OR TEACHING IN ORDER TO DEVELOP SPIRITUALLY WITH IFA AND ORISA?

According to the military, training is brainwashing, e.g. soldiers, military or police dogs. A dog is trained to sniff out illegal drugs; attack individual; or fetch the newspaper. “Training techniques, brings NO spiritual substance; no spiritual development; and no spiritual elevation is attainable.” It does not afford you the ability to walk your own spiritual path towards your destiny.

In the past few years, the word training has been applied continuously in relationship to the status of Ifa and Orisa priest. Why? It is an undoing of ones initiations and years of development. It is to ruin people’s reputations. It is an effort to bring about your downfall. Some people are pushing the idea that having no training is the reason to invalidate a person’s priesthood and initiation(s). In Ifa and Orisa life, training means to follow policies and protocols of those who demand it from you; It means buying books read on how to follow those policies and protocols, and it means paying for membership that says you are a VALID practitioner by a certificate of completion. NO, YOU ARE NOT TAUGHT, TO CONDUCT ANY RITUALS. DO CEREMONIES, MAKE MEDICINES. OR TO DIVINE FOR OTHERS. In other words, it is a groupthink attitude that says, “if you are not conditioned by us or validated by us then your years of study means nothing.” To these Ifa/Orisa advocates who push for validation, any person is considered fraudulent and fake if they are not TRAINED, yet you are not TAUGHT.

TRAINED, TRAINING TRAINS:

1. to coach in or accustom to a mode behavior or performance; 2. to make proficient with specialized instruction and practice; 3. to prepare physically, as with a regimen; 4. to cause (one’s hair) to take a desired course or shape, as by manipulating; 5. to point or direct (a gun or camera) at something; 6. to discipline and instruct (an animal), as in the performance of tasks or tricks; and 7. a number of followers; a procession; a succession of things, persons or animals.

TRAINING IS ALL ABOUT OBEDIENCE FOR LIFE

From a psychological standpoint training implies being DOMINATED. To train is to stress the development of a desired proficiency or behavior through practice, discipline, and instruction such as a trained dog, servant or slave may be. For example, in Training = Dominance therapy (TDT), Dr. Sophia Yin, DVM, MS (2015) stated that “Traditional training techniques are based on the idea that we must become the dominant leader and rule our pets the way a wolf would rule a pack [or the slave master dominance over his slaves].

In order to evaluate whether this reasoning in valid, we must understand dominance….In animal behavior, dominance is defined as a relationship between individuals that is established through force, aggression and submission in order to establish priority access to all desired resources (food, the opposite sex, preferred resting spots, etc). In species where strong hierarchies exist, this hierarchy is important evolutionarily because having a high rank confers a greater ability pass on one’s genes. Rank is maintained through ritualistic aggressive acts on the part of the higher ranked individual and appeasement or deference on the part of the lower ranked individual

TEACH, TAUGHT

1. to impart knowledge of or skill in; give instruction in, and 2- to impart knowledge or skill to; give instruction to. In other words, to teach is to furnish a person with skills or knowledge e.g. teaches you how to divine, make medicines, and how to conduct rituals and ceremonies.

TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION

Steve MS (2012) stated that “milieu control is destructive religious groups have an ‘us vs. them’ mentality.” 128398

How does TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION fit into Ifa and orisa practice? Several workshops are advertised for “TRAINING of Ifa” followed by certification. Are the words being used, out of context? What can the certification do? For example, does the certification save lives? Does the certification develop and elevate someone spirituality? Or does the certification assure that the trained priest holder is well conformed top spot in a PYRAMID SCHEME to make money? Is it us (conformed) vs them non-conformed)? Where will you fit in the Trained Pyramid Scheme of things planned for Ifa/Orisa devotees?

FOOD FOR THOUGHT!

Will you as a trainee and/or conformer accept the invalid certification over teachings, spiritual development and elevations?

 

American Ifa open letter to those antagonists, adversaries, nemeses, and fabricators

Aboru Aboye Abosise and Greetings

This is an open letter to those looking from the outside in and to those antagonists, adversaries, nemeses, and fabricators.

Olodumare (God) have never said that one person was greater than the other. Over time,  humans’ ego have taken control of the Ori (head).  In the sacred odu, EjiOgbe, Ifa teaches us that every human being had a fair start in Orun (heaven) but upon coming to earth, the ego, id and super ego stepped in. As a result, we as human beings have become, competitive irrational, illogical, and war like.  It is the ego that causes one to stray from the agreement made in Orun at the foot of Olodumare. In the mean time, some of us in Ifa neglect our own destinies by trying to control other people’s destinies. If the antagonists, adversaries, nemeses, and fabricators really knew Ifa, they would not be what they are. Instead they would be learning Ifa and working on their own individual destiny. They would be doing all they could to promote the love of Ifa. Ifa teaches us that when we have serious problems, we should take it to Ifa so that we can live comfortable, with love, long life, a good mate, children and material wealth. By following Ifa, we acquire all of those mentioned above. We do not take it upon ourselves to destroy the destiny of another person.

It says so in Ofun Meji-Orangun meji:

Ifa says, Powerful Ifa must be used to resolve serious issues (life issues) coruja_branca
A powerful medicine must be used to counter another powerful medicine;
A fortune must be used to resolve Sere’s issue.
What If we have no money,
How will we resolve it (the problem)?
Cast Ifa for OLOKUN when all of the bodies of waters became her enemies.

Olokun’s plight is the very scenario that has befallen us, (Ayaba OchaBi Ifabuluje-Ifaseye Ika Meji, Ayaba-Oloye Erelu-Abiye Unisi-Tassinon (Ika Ofun) and the idea of American Ifa-Fa-Afa.  Our message is in regards to the lesson in Ofun Meji and other Sacred ODUS mentioned here.

The tree that Olorun has planted, nobody can rip from its roots (Ogbe Ate). Here is no winner(s), because ALL priests of Orunmila should not conspire against one another; all priests should think carefully about his/her life and behave well (Irete meji).

As our antagonists, adversaries, nemeses, and the fabricators continue their path to destroy us, we thank Odi Meji for revealing what was hidden.

A din di odi, A din di Odi – what and who that hides the messages of heaven, Ifa will reveal it on earth; no matter what you say about us, it will be shown to the world (Odi Meji).

1. “WHEN YOU SPIT IN THE SKY, IT FALLS IN YOUR FACE”

Life is a journey. Love is the main attribute of Olodumare. As a famous mythologist once said, “Mythology is the womb of mankind’s initiation to life and death” (Joseph Campbell, 1990).  We all are born to die like the seasons, e.g. Fall, Winter and so-on. Nothing will stay the same…not me and not you.

We (Ayaba and Ayaba) started a spiritual journey, together. We worked and prayed hard, while making small slips and falls along the way. We raised our children and paid our way through school. We even paid for each of our initiations and made it through difficult lessons as we continued to develop with our ancestors, orisa, ifa and God. When people believe that, they are mighty and taller than anyone else, they have spit at God and will have return into their own faces. When our antagonists, adversaries, nemeses, and fabricators took out what seems like 100 fraud pages on Facebook to destroy us, they were splitting in the sky; they are spitting in the face of God. They forgot millions of other people on facebook were reading. As they hid their identities and we blocked them, our friends and family on Facebook are still reading all their nasty comments and being affected by it. While everyone else read the nasty remarks of the antagonists, adversaries, nemeses, and fabricators and their blatant abuse, WE, continued to take the injustices to Ifa and Ifa advice is that we continue along our paths as we are on the right path and that is spreading the awareness of the goodness of Ifa in all of its variations. It is because of Ifa that we have continued living and walking our destinies today despite, the curses, threats and the many attempts to belittle us.

We speak to you all with love and concern and we pray that you too have love and are concerned for us since we are all children of God. It could have been you and if it were you what would you do?  So we ask, why are these things still manifesting? Is it because we are continuously working Ifa?

2. “DO FOR DO, AIN’T NO OBEAH”

This means, do unto others as they would do unto you, literally.

Osa otura says, what is truth?
We say what is truth?
Orunmila says, truth is the laws of heaven, guiding the earth;
the wisdom of Olodumare is using great wisdom.
Truth is the word that cannot fall;
Ifa is truth, truth is the character of Olodumare,
Truth is the word that cannot spoil
Mighty, power, surpassing all,
Everlasting blessing
This was divined for the earth,
They said the people of the earth should be truthful.

Up until now, none of our antagonists, adversaries, nemeses, and fabricators has been truthful about their activities as sons and daughters of Orunmila should be. They have spread propaganda while acting as if they are protecting people as a charity and their motive to destroy us. Are we not people too? When did God tell them to be destroyers of other people when all ODUS are remedies to HELP man along. The ODUS do not tell us to take matters into our own hands, or there would be no need for Ifa, period.

forgive3. “TRY TO BE WISE AND YOU END UP OTHERWISE”

As it have been clearly stated from time to time, Lucumi is Lùkù mi, or Olùkù mi, meaning “My friend” in Ife dialect. There has not been any spiritually friendly and loving development by our antagonists, adversaries, nemeses, and fabricators who says that they are Lucumi and/or respect the teachings of Lucumi.

A well known professor stated that; as African peoples and their Diaspora peoples living within and outside the continent, we will explore 100 Theses, one by one, for the need to orchestrate the Full and Unmitigated Reformation of Ifa and Other Orisa Based Agencies of African Divination, Worship, Belief Systems, Philosophies, Theology, Ancestral Adoration and Religions. Slavery, the most central tool used for the subjugation, confusion and control of peoples of Africa and its Diasporas has remained neglected, ignored, silenced and subordinated by cultural custodians, including Obas, Ijoyes, Babalawos, Iyanifas, Babalorisas, Iyalorisas, Oniseguns, Adahunses, and other indigenous spiritual leaders of Africa and its Diasporas–although these cultural custodians know fully well, or they are abjectly ignorant that without a full recognition, discussion and treatment of this historical cancer, it is impossible for peoples who look up to them to understand or fully benefit from indigenous systems of divinity (Moyo Okediji, Ifa University).

In other words, no one person have the monopoly on Ifa and another person destiny within the propagation of Ifa and orisa.

4. “WHAT SHOE YOU BUY, YOU WEAR, EVEN IF IT HURT YOUR TOE”

Odu Iwori Bosa says this is where you’ll find the wars in the world; Obatala (Ayaguna) the creator of wars; and
where one is not to be allowed to sit at your table with dirty hands. Meaning, if you don’t respect me, how do you want me to respect you; if you want me to give you something, what are you giving me. It is all about trust and not trickery.

“THIS ODU CLEARLY SPEAKS OF THE NEED TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR ACTIVITIES”

It’s heartbreaking, that in our present times, there are those who point to their own interpretations of the ifa and governmental laws, who break the very rules they want to enforce. As the world continue to spin and conflicts escalate, pathology besets the orias/ifa communities and their families, more and more. What would Orunmila say about this? We have been falsely accused as frauds by once distinguished priests of this tradition whom by their actions against us removed their own distinctions. We find this particularly disturbing and hard to understand because Ifa is Ifa, we are ifa and they are ifa. We are not electing people to govern their destinies but they want govern ours.

5.  “NO MATTER HOW FAST THE MOONLIGHT RUN, DAY LIGHT CATCHES UP”

Every one of us sat down before Olodumare (God) prior to coming through to earth. We all made and accepted out destiny contract. Some chose to be president of the United States while others chose to be simple people in the world. Regardless, every one of us made an agreement with God. Traveling on the road to fulfilling that contract has been a challenge, from raising children to just living in the world but we are fulfilling our destinies to complete our contracts with Olodumare.  Out of love for Ifa, we pray that our antagonists, adversaries, nemeses, and fabricators will come to the conclusion that their activities are incorrect behavior for Ifa priests. That Ifa-Fa-Afa will forgive themeure641 and elevate their ori and spirit.

We can not say often enough, if we had a million of your tongues supporting us that it would still not be enough to able to thank Ifa for the love, the guidance and the strength gained from doing good by Ifa

Ase ire o
Ayaba Ochabi Ifabuluje-Faseye IkaMeji

Ayaba-Oloye Erelu-Abiye Unisi-Tassinon (Ika Ofun)