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Ifa - The True Religion Of The Yorubas?

WHAT IS IFA?

IFA is the religion of the Yoruba peoples of Africa. Unfortunately, within the last 100 years traditonal forms of religion in Africa have declined under the influence of colonialism, Western acculturation and proselytizing by Islam and Christianity. In the African Diaspora (mainly in the Americas) African-derived belief systems are in a state of impressive growth.

Today Yoruban religion has undergone a phenomenal surge in popularity and interest. Santeria, the adaptation of Yoruba and Ifa with Catholicism, came to the U.S. - first with Puerto Ricans in the forties and fifties and then with the flood of Cuban refugees in the sixties. The pantheon of major Yoruba deities has survived virtually intact, along with a complex of rites, beliefs, music, dances and myths of Yoruba origin. <snip>

Yorubas believe in a supreme being, in primordial divinities, and spirits that have been deified. God is known as Olodumare (the one who has the fullness of everything) and Olorun (the owner of heaven, the Lord whose abode is in the heaven above). Other names are also used that reflect the Yoruba belief that God has all the possible attributes of a person.

The Yoruban philisophy includes the beliefs that:

There is One Supreme God

Except for the day you were born and the day you are supposed to die there is not a single event in ones life that cannot be forecast and if necessary, changed.

Your spirit lives on after death and can reincarnate through blood relatives

You are born with a specific path.

Divination serves as a road map to your path.

Our ancestors exist and must be honored, respected and consulted.

The Orisa (forces of nature) live within us and deal with the affairs of men.

You must never harm another human being or the universe, which you are a part of.

Spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional realms of our existence must all work together and be balanced.

Sacrifice is necessary to assure spiritual success.

source: http://www.neworleansmistic.com/services/santeria/ifa.htm

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Some call it idol worship but the misconception was brought in by the colonialists. Due to their ignorance,they termed a very sophisticated religion to be idol worship. The Yoruba had been worshipping the Olodumare (All in All, the Creator of all) through the deities before Christ.

We've been conditioned to believe that our indigenous customs and traditions are bad, yet the imported religions and cultures we've embraced has not made us any better, isn't it time we embraced our own religions and cultures ?

what are your thoughts on this issue ?

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Make your governors and all public officials swear by Ogun, Sonponna and Sango during their swearing in ceremony. Give them a good Sigidi to hold whole swearing and place it on each of their tables as a reminder, they must pour libation to it every morning.

They must touch their pen to the Sigidi and strike it on their foreheads before signing government checks, contracts or laws.

Do those things and more, and you will reduce corruption and looting, thereby improving your economy. Cool

Trust me, they respect and fear their ancestor's beliefs more than Oyinbo religion, most of them will act right!

true talk. guess that will encourage morality in Nigeria.

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I am one of the descendants of the african slaves that were taken from your continent. I have a vested interest in this conversation as one of the black americans that is pursuing the traditional beliefs of Yorubaland. I am also in a new romance with a Yoruba woman who is a Pentecostal Christian. I know alot and there is alot that I have to learn about the traditions but outside of my personal feelings regarding africans and the descendants that follow the christian faith. I think even for the sake of understanding our roots to understand Ifa is to understand who and what we are as a people. The black american Malcolm X made a speech to his organization the Organization of Afro-American Unity(OAAU). I will post the excerpts of the speech that speaks to the issues of our people all over the world.

""Of all our studies, history is best qualified to reward our research."

--Malcolm X

ANCIENT AFRICAN CIVILIZATIONS

Now then, once you see that the conditions that we're in is directly related to our lack of knowledge concerning the history of the Black man, only then can you realize the importance of knowing something about the history of the Black man.

But if you want to take the time to do research for yourself, I think you'll find that on the African continent there was always, prior to the discovery of America, there was always a higher level of history, rather a higher level of culture and civilization, than that which existed in Europe at the same time. At least 5,000 years ago they had a Black civilization in the Middle East called the Sumerians. Now when they show you the pictures of the Sumerians they try and make you think that they were White people. But if you go and read some of the ancient manuscripts or even read between the lines of some of the current writers, you'll find that the Sumerian civilization was a very dark-skinned civilization, and it existed prior even to the existence of the Babylonian empire, right in the same area where you find Iraq and the Tigris-Euphrates rivers. It was a black-skinned people who lived there, who had a high state of culture way back then.

And at a time even beyond this there was a black-skinned people in India, who were Black, just as Black as you and I, called Dravidians. They inhabited the sub-continent of India even before the present people that you see living there today, and they had a high state of culture. The present people of India even looked upon them as gods; most of their statues, if you'll notice, have pronounced African features. You go right to India today--in their religion, which is called Buddhism, they give all their Buddhas the image of a Black man, with his lips and his nose, and even show his hair all curled up on his head; they didn't curl it up, he was born that way. And these people lived in that area before the present people of India lived there.

The Black man lived in the Middle East before the present people who are now living there. And he had a high culture and a high civilization, to say nothing about the oldest civilization of all that he had in Egypt along the banks of the Nile. And in Carthage in northwest Africa, another part of the continent, and at a later date in Mali and Ghana and Songhai and Moorish civilization--all of these civilizations existed on the African continent before America was discovered.

Now the Black civilization that shook the white man up the most was the Egyptian civilization, and it was a Black civilization. It was along the banks of the Nile which runs through the heart of Africa. But again this tricky white man, and he's tricky--and mind you again, when I say this, it's not a racist statement. Some of them might not be tricky, but all of them I've met are tricky. And his civilization shows his trickiness. The tricky White man was able to take the Egyptian civilization, write books about it, put pictures in those books, make movies for television and the theatre--so skillfully that he has even convinced other white people that the ancient Egyptians were White people themselves. They were African, they were as African as you and I. And he even gave the clue away when he made this movie, "King Solomon's Mines," and he showed the Watusis, you know, with their Black selves, and he outright admitted in there that they looked like the ancient pharaohs of ancient Egypt. Which means that the White man himself, he knows that the Black man had this high civilization in Egypt, whose remains today show the Black man in that area had mastered mathematics, had mastered architecture, the science of building things, had even mastered astronomy. "

Now why is this necessary well because all the world over africans and the descendants have grown up for centuries since the missionaries coming to africa with the common theme that white is far superior to black. Without white africans were primitive, backwards and silly. In the United States we have grown up in our communities with this idea that anything from africa or of africa is something to be ashamed of. It wasn't unusual for someone to hurl the insult at another child you african booty scratcher or some other african connected insult that was considered the worse thing possible. I remember growing up me and my brother used to sneak and watch Tarzan movies which were forbidden to be watched in our household where you have actors who portrayed africans and the portrayal was meant to imply stupidity and incompetence. A lack of control over their own lands and animals. Along comes the white Tarzan who comes to save the africans from their own land or animals. In the American school system when it came to history. The land of Africa really was not touched compared to european history even in areas where you have all black communities. What you did learn of history concerning blacks was we were slaves who got set free and we were oppressed during Jim Crow who got rights from Civil Rights. As someone that paid no attention to the things my parents said growing up and embraced as much of white american culture possible purposely running from anything that I felt was black culture to now being a person who has really dug into my past and interested in learning much more about Ifa but there is only so much you can learn when you are a non-initate and initiation opens you up to learning much more. I find Ifa to be a very valuable tool in the education process of Africans and the descendants of Africans who have never stepped foot on the land. Anything that can instil a sense of cultural pride in one self is vital considering no matter where you go in the world. We as a people suffer greatly from hating our own look so many of us will endanger our own lives and health by investing in "bleaching creme" to lighten our skin complexion to appear less african and more european as possible. In regard to the argument of if Ifa is so great how come it didn't save us from the europeans. No society is perfect you will always have mankind with issues and people in a position of power who want even greater power. The europeans didn't initially come in with guns a blazing taking things and land by force. They came in bearing gifts and used trickery. If anyone can watch the movie Shaka Zulu pay close attention to the battle scene where the europeans help shaka gain a victory with the use of cannons. Especially pay attention to the conversation. This is a metaphor how africans were tricked out of there beliefs into the beliefs of the missionary. Whether its African(Black)Americans or Africans anywhere else. We have been influenced by the europeans for generations so no matter how small we all suffer under some form of conditioning that has allowed the europeans to instil in us a sense of dislike or hatred of our traditions and culture.

Watching the movie "Avatar" gives a pretty good detailing of the european mindset regarding indigenous populations that were not of their own.

In older anthropology texts and discussions, a primitive culture is one that lacks major signs of economic development or modernity.

For instance, it might lack a written language or advanced technology and have a limited and isolated population. The term was used by Western writers to describe foreign cultures contacted by European colonists and explorers.

It is also the title of a major work by Edward Burnett Tylor, in which he defines religion as "animism" which, in turn, he defines by reference to contemporary indigenous and other religious data as "the belief in spirits". Another defining characteristic of primitive cultures is a greater amount of leisure time than in more complex societies.

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I have thoroughly enjoyed this thread, please keep it up! I was raised xtian like most of us, but have been asking questions for the last 5 years and enlightening myself in knowledge and stepping away from the whiteman's religion. I will definetely purchase some of the books recommended here and try and get more knowledge about IFA. It is who I am as a YORUBA, the way of my ancestors.

We have worshipped the white 'Jesus' long enough, it's time to go back to our roots and learn the ways of our ancestors. Only then will we be able to rise up as Africans and come out of the delsuion we are living in.

'When your Lord, Saviour, Alpha & Omega is a man of another ethnicity, then automatically by default in your subconscious, that saviour's ethnicity is superior to yours'

The Chinsese gods/dieties Nuwa & Fuxi look Chinese and are always portrayed weraing their traditional attire.

The Indian gods/dieties (Budha/Krisna) - they look Indian

The mexican God Quetzalcoatl looks mexican

Only we black people follow around a white Jesus because we do not have a perception of the Almighty for ourselves - sorry I take that back - our ancestors had a perception but were deceived and lied to by white folks that the African way is evil and wrong and then we wonder why we are at the bottom of the world social order when we do not know ourselves.

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this is an interesting link

it discusses the concept of ORI INU it seems to me that this may be similar to the igbo concept of CHI

not sure

http://www.njas.helsinki.fi/pdf-files/vol16num2/ademuleya.pdf

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this is an interesting link

it discusses the concept of ORI INU it seems to me that this may be similar to the igbo concept of CHI http://www.njas.helsinki.fi/pdf-files/vol16num2/ademuleya.pdf

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now you know book

hun?

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for me i believe religion of all kinds serve as a metaphor to deal with  the many unknowns and unknowables about human life. it is very useful but always a creation of man and therefore should be indigenous and relevant to a people's culture. when it is imposed from outside with the added message that our own creations are evil and we willingly particpate in that fallacy we have agreed to be enslaved for ever. that is our tragedy here.

for africans  to be beholden to foreign gods that did not account for us for more than 95% of the time that we have been on this planet is really confusing. my understanding is that some people now worship a jewish deity jehovah, a rather blood thirsty and genocidal character that was rebranded in europe and shipped to africa quite recently.my understanding is they can't quite work out whether he is now 1 or 3.europeans have convinced these people that their fathers worshipped stone images and idols. well africans are not that foolish. people need to find out more but that is the essence of slavery rather than using the most precious gift that other animals lack ,the brain,many fall back on; the great book says this and that without questioning where that book came from or who wrote it. but it is for sure a slavery and a tyranny which many dare not try escape from. just imagine a nigerian christian or moslem decides they want to follow ifa. their main concern will not be whether it is the right path or not but rather how will those people whose approval they desire react?? food for thought is that what religion is about??

jehovah is  the very same character that said it is a sin to menstruate and women must pay 2 pigeons every time they committed this monstrosity as a sin and guilt offering. what did he do with all those pigeons? about 20each for the 300000 women that came out of egypt whom he all killed in the desert over a 40 year period. what a god,this jehovah.pigeons that were sold exclusively by aaron and his brothers. this character, we are told said;

i am not a man that i should change my mind

so i guess all those africans worshipping him owe a quite lot of pigeons. if his antecedents are anything to go by payback time will be quite unpleasant for them.

funnily these religions have not succeeded in killing the african spirit completely but have incorporated many practices that are traditionally african. however the damage done is immense because many carry this subliminal message that they as black people are inherently bad and their people have not contributed any thing to humanity.

ifa for me therefore is a route to freedom and harmony internal and external

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^^It will start with his church but not end with his church.

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^^I thought Christ's Judgement will start from his church. No?

Let Jesus judge His worshippers, Leave Olódùmarè to judge his own believers.

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All shall stand and give account before the almighty. If you do mislead people into worshipping stone figurines, streams and hills, you will give account before christ and be appropriately judged.

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Believe me I cant but get more enlighten with this IFA stuff, please how can one use it to improve the Nigeria Economy and make all bad leaders turn a new leaf. Or better still how can IFA be use by Individual self development

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Hi guys, For more enlightenment on Ifa, shop for Odu Corpus written by Prof Wande abimbola and search for OLODUMARE The GOD in Yoruba beliefs written By Prof Bolaji Idowu to expose you to the Yooooooba religious beliefs. The need to know should be the driving force not just to turn Nairaland forum to upcoming pastors's altar. The blackpriests are in the making too. Watch out.

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Hi Guys, We should not deviate from the topic, Re: Ifa - The True Religion Of The Yorubas?. I as an individual disagree with that, for i know that Ifa is just one of the deities of the Yoruba religion. The Traditional religion has five structure as follows

1. The belief in God where we find the glorious name of Olodumare.

2. the belief in divinities, where you find the likes of Ifa, Esu, sonponna, Osanyin etc.

3. The belief in Spirit being like iwin.

4. The belief in Ancestors where our Oduduwa and their Abraham comes in,

5. lastly the belief in magic and medicine which we all know exist here in our daily life.

So the question whether Ifa worshiping is the totality of the Yoruba religion should never occur because the real Yooobas who are adherent of this old faith sees it as the most sophisticated religion that ever emanated from the race as a whole, so, calling it Ifa minced it. So you guys who are looking for salvation from a foreign god should try to learn about this faith of our fore bears instead of thinking there is a replacement in Christianity or Islam. We believers of this old faith still appreciate all that came with theses foreign religions but we still know that ours is not a religion of the book. All of you should know that black is beautiful and is the colour of OLODUMARE, so what if they paint Jesus green.as far as is okay church business.

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I did a course on ifa bk den in Uni,out of curiousity,and i enjoyed wat i learnt der.but it did not shake my xtian beliefs in any form.

@ode remo,omo lafose,ur very rite

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I'm an adherant of ifa and believe in its potency.

Dont people know the king james version is a whitewash of black history the first christians came from Ethiopia & Sudan why if the oyinbo is so religious his society has no morals ?

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Its a pity that some people here don't know anything about Ifa religion and talk about it. what you dont know is bigger than you, our fore father were make to believe that they are idol worshipers. if we are to define it bucolically, those that put on cross on the neck, believing that they will get protection from that cross are also idol worshipers. Ifa is a religion of peace that talk about Jesus(Ela) his mother(Mary) Oyigi and setiu and mo-hammed.

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I wonder where Ifa and the other pantheon of gods were when the whiteman was looting and enslaving the people all over the shores of West Africa.

I agree there is much to learn of yoruba history and culture from Ifa, but to now adopt the ways that only resulted in the enslavement of our ancestors is pure foolishness. Seek the living God !!

can someone help me out on this topic http://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-359964.0.html#msg5036358

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never been to any ifa worship myself but the worship has strong hold in a plac called ODE REMO., nigeria. Google it and you will find lots.

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Would like to learn more about IFA so i thought I'd re-activate this thread. Is there any IFA adherent on the forum? Can you testify to the efficacy of IFA devination and practises?

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Ifa olokun asoro dayo

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If u say Ifa is the true religion of the Yorubas. Then the Question. Why do u say "Orunmila Baba Ifa, Ifa la o beee Orunmila la oo booo"

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BigSis said:

Blame it on the British colonialists' brainwashing machine.

The brainwashing of Africans by the colonialists was more or less total.

They did a fantastic job on us.

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You are very right. I am from IFA family of Awodiope.

My father's name is FATOKUN this name was changed to Francis by the missionary. We were thought BIBLE and told that Ifa worship is Idolatry. We were given status of JESUS in place.

Now I knew nothing about IFA as my father knew, attempt to learn more was met with resistance from fellowship members as backsliding. CHURCH ! Modern slavery you will say was responsible.

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The Yorubas have the enslaved Africans and their descendents in the African dispora for saving their religion and bringing it to the world. I believe very little influence have come from present day Yorubas. It is the black Americans(Orisha-Vodoo), the Cubans(Lucumi), the African Latinas(Santeria) have made the belief system known and popular. Each group has created their own version that speaks specifically to their existence in the Americas.

Yes there are even some Ifa worshippers.

I have never met a Yoruba who had anything good to say about their traditional religion. They usually jump on the band wagon once they know it is known and popular outside of the African continent by non-Africans(African descendents though).

You definitely need to thank the African disapora. Because this is where the source lies.

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Ifa olokun asorodayo.  Is real o    Do not joke with it o

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Religion will never solve the worlds problems because it was NEVER meant to solve the worlds problems. It is a personal thing. Religion is meant to solve YOUR problems. So whatever works for you,  If Ifa worship brings you peace, so be it. If atheism is what you choose and it brings you peace, then worship in the enlightment that you think you have. If Christ is whom you choose, all well and good. Some day, we will all know the truth, and maybe,  we will never,  maybe the agnostics are right, who knows? God knows, but is there a God? Who knows?,  God knows!

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MAKE UNA GO AHEAD DEY MOCK EACH OTHER WEY NO SUPPORT UNA SHARED VIEWS, SO WHAT IF JESUS CHRIST WAS MINISTERED TO US BY MAJORITY CAUCASIANS, & COME TO THINK OF IT, ARABS & JEWS HAVE LIGHT-TONES SKIN JUST LIKE CAUCASIANS( EVEN THOUGH THERE MAYBE A FEW COLORED ONES AMONG THEM). NOBODY SOLD U ANY CHRISTIAN RELIGION, & IT IS NOT A WHITEMAN'S RELIGION EITHER. IFA WORSHIP IS AN INDEGINEOUS RELIGION & WITH STRONG BASE IN META-PHYSICS, & OTHER FORMS OF ASTRA-KNOWLEDGE.

MAKE UNA CARRY UNA IFA WORSHIP DEY WAKA UNA OWN WAY, & NO COME HIA COME CHALLENGE OUR ROOTS IN THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION. LOOK TOWARDS AREA THAT PRACTICE SUCH RELIGIONS AS THEIR NATIONAL RELIGION: HAITI, BENIN REPUBLIC & I THINK TOGO, & TELL ME WHAT U THINK,

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Is Ifa any more effective than the miracle pastors who are dominating our hearts and minds?

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I think i got a better translation of that:

It translates to "Don't abuse by talking endlessly to someone." (It's usually used to check a younger person from dissing an elderly person)

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Sorry what's the meaning of that?

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oops. Now he/she's really pissed.

time to shut up, methinks.

sorry bout any offence. Lets just pretend I didnt say anything, ok?

PS:

I never said i didnt give a rats Bottom about anyone's beliefs. Just to set the record straight for anyone who might be listening in. Lets end it all here, shall we?

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I promised i wouldn't mess up this thread cos its not a debate bout religion but meant to be informative. If u think u aren't attacking then think again. Since u can't read , well i state it again, Jesus isn't a diety. If u say u don't give a rats Bottom bout ppls beliefs, then why are u defending cos i don't get it why not read and ignore. And moreover who's hating

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If there is an almighty God and Its name isn't IFA, that's perfectly okay.

But what would every tribe and their own deities begin to do, in the Nigerian case for example, so that everyone can become the best possible divine beings that we were created to be. How much use is a deity if the worshippers cannot become godlike in themselves and in their relationshps with life.

If God is love, can you help me understand how IFA has made the Yoruba the most loving people.

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I ain't wrong bout anything. The deities u make reference to are gods in their own right. At least i know obatala is regarded as the god(orisa) of humankind. So why would people pray through them to another god? I may not be deeply grounded in the African trad religion, but i know for sure it's nothing in comparison with Christianity.

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oduduwa, obatala are in the same category with abraham, moses and so on. they are all man of god on their own

No they are not. Oduduwa, obatala and the rest were men of  lesser god

to pretty h. you are wrong with that statement that oduduwa and obatala are men of lesser god. during their time they worship god directly, they were sent by god, they were servant of god which is the supreme being the almighty. they kill lambs and goats to worship god like abraham used to do. ifa people worship god through obatala like xtians and muslims through jesus and mohamed. try and ask ur dad to tell u the story of yoruba to find who these people are.

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some of you should try to visit the following sites:

http://www.efbrown.com/osebiile/basics.htm

http://www.

http://www./ori.htm

http://www.ifainc.org/main/navigation.html

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Ijebuman if u like call it whatever.Good for u if u subscribe to the so called yoruba religion. As for me, though black, i support the whitemans religion well.

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It originated from Europe so its the 'whiteman's religion' just like ifa is a Yoruba religion (since it originated from Yorubaland).

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They brought it here doesn't mean it's for them. Christianity is a religion for all.

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NOT a whiteman's religion!

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thats interesting, care to enlighten us a bit more on this issue of 'lesser gods' or is this going to be another one of those 'my religion is better than yours' discussions

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oduduwa, obatala are in the same category with abraham, moses and so on. they are all man of god on their own

No they are not. Oduduwa, obatala and the rest were men of a lesser god and not GOD.

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@ijebuman

See? Dat's wut i be talkin bout! Thanks, Black Man. I am about to see if i can get them on the interlibrary loan right now!

Thanks again and let's keep this thread alive. Do the Yorubas in Nigeria deal with the Yorubas in the surrounding areas econimically or politically?

Has Nigeria benefitted in any way from the history and power of IFA?

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Now this topic is right on! I love it!

Ijebuman, post a little about the history of IFA. How far back does it go? What are the origens of the Oracle. Are you aware of any similarities betwwen IFA and the asian I Ching (Book of Changes). The I Ching for instance is composed of 8 trigrams that combine to form 64 hexagrams which describe all events on earth and in heavan. But if IFA has 250 odus, then man thats what I need to work wit!

I checked out the Wiki and would like to know if anyone here can point me to scholarly works about the structure of Yoruba Society and Organization before european contact, written by actual Yorubas. I will look into Prof Oluwole's work also. I had a chance to read one of her speeches and she is very, very SHARP.

Also, Naijaguru, i see you have translated 'Iya Aje' as witch. Does that mean a woman that is at one with the natural world and possesses great spiritual insight or do the people mean it in a derogative manner when they call her that? In the documentry Music is the Weapon, I heard Fela Anikulapo describe his Queens as Iya Aje, but in a very positive and benefitual manner.

I can't wait for that site to pop up, Naijaguru. Alot of young folks over here have no idea that we have African systems of Divination. I myself only recently found out about IFA after studying the I ching for close to six years. Anyway, can't wait for the site.

Again, wonderful topic. You guys keep up the good work in promoting one of the True Powers of Africa.

Peace

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I never knew there are people who still understand IFA as it really is. People like good guy are still out there suffering from Ignorance...what a shame.

GOODGUY Hey! stop the argument! no one is stopping you from being a xtian, but u have to erase your mind of that devlish status you have for IFA.

I am a student of philosophy and my ex-HOD was Prof Sophie Oluwole. Everyone knows her and they call her Iya Aje (witch), cos she champions African Philosophy as encapsulated in the IFA corpus. I am extremely interested in IFA and I go to a diviner anytime I have problems. The philosophies outlined by Ijebuman in the first post was great. I learnt something new there about the balance of all your state of mind (existence).

If you need a copy of my Uncle's Book titles, IFA, a complete divination for 3,000 send an email to naijaguru@yahoo.com The book is a complese documentation of all the 250 odus with 2 verses each.

We are both developing a site for IFA lovers and practitioners in Nigeria where we can exchange talks.

NaijaGuru don talk.

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History 101

The Yoruba (native name Yorùbá) are the largest single ethnic group in Nigeria. The Yoruba constitute approximately 21% percent of Nigeria's total population, and number upwards of 30 million individuals throughout the region of West Africa. They share borders with the Nupe and Borgu peoples in the northwest, the Esan and Edo to the southeast, the Igala and other related groups to the northeast, and the Egun, Fon, and other Gbe-speaking peoples in the southwest. While the majority of the Yoruba live in the south-west of Nigeria, there are also substantial Yoruba communities in Benin, Togo, Sierra Leone, Cuba and Brazil.

more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoruba

Yoruba mythology

Yoruba mythology is sometimes claimed to be one of the world's oldest widely practised religions. It is a major religion in Africa, chiefly in Nigeria, and it has given origin to several New World religions such as Santería in Cuba and Candomblé in Brazil.

Itan is the term for the sum total of all Yoruba myths, songs, histories, and other cultural components.

Many ethnic Yoruba were enslaved and taken to Cuba, Brazil, Trinidad and the rest of the New World (chiefly in the 19th century, after the Oyo empire collapsed and the region plunged into civil war), and carried their religious beliefs with them. These concepts were combined with preexisting African-based religions, Christianity, Native American mythology, and Kardecist Spiritism into various New World lineages:

Santería (Cuba)

Oyotunji (USA)

Idigene (Nigeria)

Anago (Nigeria)

Candomblé (Brazil)

Umbanda (Brazil)

Batuque (Brazil)

The popularly known Vodun religion of Haiti combines the religious beliefs of the many different African ethnic nationalities taken to the island with the structure and liturgy from the Fon-Ewe of present-day Benin and the Congo-Angolan culture area, but Yoruba-derived relgious ideology and deities also play an important role.

Yoruba deities include "Oya" (wind goddess), "Ifa" (divination or fate), "Eleda" (destiny), "Ibeji" (twins), "Osanyin" (medicines and healing) and "Osun" (goddess of fertility, protector of children and mothers), Sango (God of thunder)

more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoruba

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/If%C3%A1

While the precise date of initial human settlement in Yoruba country remains unknown, many historians find in these traditions important aspects of early Yoruba history. First, Yoruba tradition can be forgiven for having seen the beginning of Yoruba culture as the creation of the world, for Yoruba culture is indeed old. The language of the Yoruba separated from that of some of their nearest neighbors at least 5000 years ago; from their linguistically most closely-related neighbors, the Igala, they separated 2000 years ago. (The relatively close linguistic relationship between Yoruba and Igala has led some scholars to suggest that Yoruba country may have been settled by migrants who came from the region where the Igala now live, near the confluence of the Niger and Benue rivers.)

Yoruba traditions remind us that farmland was not merely discovered, but was created by agriculturists, and that iron-working must have played a crucial role in its creation. Surely the great achievement of early Yoruba-speaking communities was carving open spaces for farming out of the forests which dominate most of Yoruba country. Probably as long as 2000 years ago, Yoruba agriculturists were already using iron tools. Early farmers would have relied upon the varieties of yams and cocoyams indigenous to West Africa. By about 2000 years ago, farmers would have begun to adopt plantains (bananas) which, having been brought to East Africa from Malaysia, were spreading across the continent.

Just as the evidence available to historians allows them to say relatively little about when and how farming peoples occupied the forests of southwestern Nigeria, so too they are not certain about their early political development. Some historians have suggested that the oldest political communities were villages, and that villages consolidated together to form states. Yoruba traditions, however, speak about the diffusion of kingship from Ife not only throughout Yoruba country, but also to neighboring regions, including Benin. They say that it was the sons of Oduduwa, the leader of the group sent by the Creator to establish land, who dispersed and created kingdoms.

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Yet, only in recent decades has archaeological research established the antiquity of Ife beyond doubt. Artifacts from Ife have shown that it has been occupied at least since the 6th century, and that from the 9th to 12th centuries it was "a settlement of substantial size," with houses featuring potsherd pavement. From this period date some of the terracotta sculptures and bronze castings which among students of African art are synonymous with Ife. The most famous Ife terracottas, which are believed to date from the 12th to the 14th centuries, along with the great bronze castings of the 14th and 15th centuries, mark the culmination of an artistic tradition at Ife which was several centuries old.

more: http://www.uiowa.edu/~africart/toc/history/giblinstate.html#yoruba

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Talking about Ifa,

If you guys want to go traditional, I suggest every other aspects of your lives too should change in the traditional aspect. If you're considering worshipping Ifa once again, you should also start considering wearing leaves as your clothings (or those things they used to wear in those days).

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Ok goodguy Jesus is neither black or white, lets get back to the issue of Ifa, any thoughts ?

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