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What Does 'Iyawo' Mean?

This topic is directed to the yoruba folks on this forum and of course all the nigerians.

What does IYAWO mean? 

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I.B.

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@Anonymous6: Having a boyfriend does not mean you can not open their horizons and meet a friend. Shymmex is certainly a smart and friendly ... There is nothing wrong with exchanging emails with someone else.

Right?

Hats off!

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I think you will know when you bump into one but let me rephrase, a good african women, lol

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Nah, you're not wrong.. Iya mi = my mother.

Iyawo means wife, and it doesn't have another meaning as far as I know.

Iyalode or IyaOloodé is a chieftaincy title reserved for women in Yoruba kingdom as far as I know. I hope someone who understands the language better can explain it better to you.

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I'm a foreigner. I do not speak Yoruba, and I would like to see dear friends:

I have understood that the term Iyawó means "wife."

However, sometimes I've seen the word applied Iyá as "mother" (Iya mi = my mother). Am I wrong?

If the word Iyawo was actually a conjunction (very common in the Yoruba language) of Iyá + wo ... could have another meaning?

In Yoruba mythology, is said to Oshun (Osun) was awarded the title of IyaOloodé (Lady of the market, or mother of the market) someone could expand on this?

The thread is very interesting, and is developing very seriously and respect.

I hope I have offended anyone with my statement.

A cordial and affectionate greeting!

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Exactly.

Nobody can be more realistic than the King.

I am a foreigner, but never argue with a Yoruba on your tongue.

I think some posts are made by a genetic thing, and some unfortunate statements of Prof. W. Abimbola about what is Santeria.

Hopefully better times, or at least with less arrogance.

My compliments, dear friend!

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Someone asked about the word "Iyawó". They have not asked what it means Iyawó in Cuba. The Yoruba language is from Yorubaland, not Cuba. It is true that the term has religious connotations Iyawo in Africa and America, but it is not here to talk about Santeria.

My respects.

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Will you be my iyawo?

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I'm not even Yoruba and I know iya is mother- iyawo is wife and iyawo mi means my wife- it could definitely mean something in another language but in Yoruba iyawo means wife!

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Just means wife. No more, no less.

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There is just a mix-up here, This lady is a priestess. She is a worshipper of Chango, which is the caribbean name for the yoruba God Shango. Ochun most probably is also from the name of sango's second wife Osun. So Osun is the Iyawo or wife of Shango. So Iyawo could have been turned into title for a priestess of Shango. It Could probably also mean another word as tpia as noted, Iya-awo, which is the real Title of a priestess in Yoruba Land. The man is calle Olu-awo or Oluwo.

So this is an opportunity for iyawo ochu to learn. You guys have a corrupted version of words and terms over there. Am not denigrating your religion, but am just saying several of those terms have been mispronounced and maybe mis-applied.

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^^ It's either "Who do you want among these guys?" OR " Who are you dating among these guyz?"

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what does “tani o tun fe larin awon guys yi” mean?

and "mio ma sise lati ojo yi,"

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No one is making up anything. The word you are arguing about is a Yoruba word and is derived from the Yoruba language. If anyone would have an understanding of the word, it would be the original speakers of the language. Your argument on what 'iyawo' means would be like me arguing with you on what the word 'claro' means. Being that you are a Spanish speaker and familiar with the Spanish language, I would assume you have a better understanding of the word than I would. Do you see where I'm going with this? Although I'm not Yoruba, as a Nigerian I find it quite rude and insulting that you would even sit here and say that everyone else is making all of it up. Are you even familiar with the Yoruba language for you to even make such a statement?

Hmmmm just wondering, are you Cuban?

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^^check my post again. I added an explanation for your benefit.

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BRO iTS NOT A CULTURE i DONT KNOW WHERE YOU LiVE BUT THYS RELiGiONS COME FROM AFRiCA AND LAST TYME i CHECKED iT MEANS THE REBiRTH OF A PERSON THE OLD PERSON DiES AND BECOMEZ SOME ONE NEW iTZS NO WHERE CLOSE TO BEiNG A WiFE , i DONT KNOW WHERE EVERYONE iS GETTN THERE iNFO BUT THATS VERY WRONG

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^^in your culture, that's what iyawo means.

in nigeria, iyawo is wife.

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Si claro que yo se espanol soy santera estoy de iyawo tengo 1 mes nada mas mi mama es ochun y mi papa chango i hate people that talk what they dnt kno so yes iyawo is a rebirth of a person for the 1st year . it dosnt mean wife everyone is making these things up take if from someone that IS A IYAWO (ME]

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No. LOL

"Happiness for the man" is better.

ANYWAYZ, YOU GUYS SHOULD NOT MUTILATE MY LANGUAGE.

IN THE YORUBA LANGUAGE, IYAWO = WIFE.

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iyawo ochu, do you speak Spanish? I noticed you wrote Ochun y Chango, which is why I'm asking. I know a Puerto Rican guy here in New York who practices Santaria.

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I don hear another thing today.

Iyawo ochuchu

must we take your own meaning over the actual one?

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Are you okay? Just asking.

Change in Life ko change in death ni.

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EXCUSEE ME . OKAY iYAWO DOSNT MEAN WiFE ; BECAUSE AS WE SPEAK i AM A iYAWO iT MEANS THE REBiRTH OF A PERSON A CHANGE iN LiFE THAT WAT iT MEANS iN YORUBA TERMS iTS PART OF THE SANTERiA RELiGiON , i HAVE TO BE DRESSED iN WHiTE COMiNG HOME AT CERTAiN HOURS WEARiNG BEADS OR WHAT NOT ONCE AGAiN iT MEANS THE REBiRTH OF A PERSON THE 1ST YEAR THEY HAVE TO DRESS iN WHiTE AND EVERYTHING CANT TAKE PiCTURES i SHOULD KNOW CAUSE i DiD SANTO ONCE AGAiN AND AM A iYAWO , (: THANK YOUUU

- OCHUN Y CHANGO <3

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^^^ really . .is that the defination in your country??

The meaning the poster is looking for is simple and clear: W- I- F- E

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Iyawo is a person who has just iniciated into Santeria religion. Iyawo lasts for 1 year and the person is commonly known because they have to wear white clothes the entire year. is like being a child again, white represents purity.

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it means branch and see suffer hehehehe

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iyawo means wife. olodo

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Can some please tell me how to say

Will you Marry me in Yoruba.

Much appreciated

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Iyawo means wife, got its name from Iya ti Orunmila je ni iwo. A lady was given to Orunmila, legendary Ifa priest after so much suffering at Iwo town in the present Osun State, so he then called the events of marrying the lady as "ere iya Iwo" reward of Iwo sufferings"

Iyawo is WIFE another name is Aya.

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Don't be misled, Iyawo means W I F E

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@layemi

Why are you people confusing this lady? Iyawo simply means "WIFE" whether she stays at home or not.

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Please bring this discussion to the new Yorubaland web site : http://www.yorubaland.org

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@ poster

iyawo means wife or wifey

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House should stop confusing the already confused I.B. Seun thank u for being nice to I.B.  Iyawo as a Yoruba vocabulary has literal meaning of wife though it can be used as a slang to have another meaning like lover, baby girl even female friend.

Just follow the statistic of the answer given by the house, u'll see that over 80% of the house gave the meaning as wife. so[b] IYAWO means WIFE[/b][i][/i]

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No, it simply means "wife". There are different types of "iyawo" but "iyawo" is "wife" and "wife" is "wife".

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Iyawo !. Means a female usually a woman that is submisive to her husband.that could stay wit a husband either in sickness or in poor.that is able to love her husband on matter any condition .that any african man can call a wife.

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This person who has referred to you twice as Iyawo, what exactly is your relationship with him? Are you married? Is he about to marry you? Are you co-habiting? Questions, questions,

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Iyawo" means mother child to particular person dat deserve it.

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iyawo can translate to wife, girlfriend or female partner.

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Yes, IYAWO means wife,but the modernized meaning of IYAWO means someone that doesn't have work to do probable someone that stays at home all day doing nothing.

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there is a folktale behind the word IYAWO. let me try to remember,

A man travelled to a town "IWO" and spent some years there. He found a beautiful lady and came back with her to his town. People asked him who she was and he replid "Ere iya ti mo lo je ni Iwo" (meaning: the {gift} of the suffering i had in Iwo".

She was promptly named - Iya Iwo (meaning: the suffering of Iwo)

shortened, it became, Iyawo.

Hope I helped!

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Iyawo in TOGO mean's thursday in yoruba mean wife iyawo mi mean's my wife

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hey I.B. (iyawo)

u shld talk 2 me personally n i'l let u kno everythin in full.

we'r name-sakes lready. where r u 4rm?

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