Olodumare, Orunmila, Ifa, Babalawo

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Olodumare, Orunmila, Ifa, Babalawo

Postby Richard Akindele » Sat Sep 26, 2009 9:49 pm

The Yoruba people of southwestern Nigeria (Oso, 1975) are rich in culture and have a lot of myths, which explain the origin and behavior of many things in their environment and daily life.

The Yoruba name for God is Olodumare (Olorun, i.e., the owner of Heaven).

It is the belief of the Yoruba that in matters pertaining to omniscience and wisdom, Olodumare has a deputy on earth known as Orunmila.

Traditionally, the Yoruba believe that Olodumare has endowed Orunmila with special wisdom and foreknowledge to the end that he may be His accredited representative on earth in matters relating to man's destiny.

Oral traditions emphasize that Orunmila knows all the secrets of the man's being. Thus he can predict what is coming to pass or prescribe remedies against any eventuality. He is in a position to lead with Olodumare on behalf of man so that unhappy issues may be averted or rectified.

Hence the Yoruba usually consult Orunmila to find out about the future or what the outcome of an enterprise may be, or when in trouble, what they could do to get out of it. Also, when the Yoruba are urgently in need of certain things they consult Orunmila to find out what they could to in order to get them.

Ifa, the god of divination, of one of Orunmila's messengers, the messenger of light, through whom Orunmila communicates with men and they with him. Ifa is consulted through the diviner known as Babalawo (the priest of Ifa), who understands the language of Ifa by virtue of this he's also a traditional doctor.
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Postby xdunamis » Tue Oct 20, 2009 7:04 am

But these gods are idols which the bible teaches us against, why are they now said to be a means to communicate between God and Man ? i think it is a kind of belief to make idol worshiping a continous thing.
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