Tag Archives: Orunmila

‘Yoruba Mind Meld’: The Alignment of Mouth, Thought, Emotion and Ori

You might be wondering how on earth the famous Vulcan, Spock, has landed leading off a blog post on Ifa, but there is something very logical and appropriate in bringing his memory and spirit to life (May Leonard Nimoy Rest in Peace). Spock was known for having an open mind, willing to approach life with inquisitiveness while tempering it with analysis (and self-analysis), something very important to those on the path of Ifa. Among the Yoruba there is a saying of great importance to Ifa practitioners Read more [...]

‘Fake Ifa priests are taking over America’

Unedited version of http://tribuneonlineng.com/fake-ifa-priests-taking-america/ Nigerian Tribune Nov. 3, 2016 Yeye Ekundayo Adele Ifamuregun  practices the Ifa religion in the United States of America, and as a priestess of the African Traditional Religion (ATR), she has used her calling to assist people with spiritual problems. However, in this interview with ADEWALE OSHODI, the priestess laments the large number of fakes currently parading themselves as priests in the US, while also Read more [...]

Dangerous Diaspora: Disinformation, Trinket Selling and Outright Lies

As the never ending deluge of disinformation of Ifa  continues in the diaspora from cut and paste book readers/market sellers, there comes a point when I have to put out some countering information for people who have no knowledge of what is being marketed towards them. This is tiresome, and I really do have a life other than tracking down offenders when it comes to marketing Ifa. I have one client in particular who enjoys perusing websites and then coming back to me for verification of what is Read more [...]

Eledumare, Ori, Orisa: The Puzzle of Ifa in Western Society

If you have not read any of my previous posts, my name is Iya Ekundayo. I was brought up in the Brazilian spiritual tradition of "Xango", a diaspora offshoot of the Ifa tradition of the Yoruba people of Nigeria, and am a fully initiated Iyalorixa. I am also a Iyanifa, a priestess of Ifa of the same Yorubaland. My days are spent talking to people, divining with cowrie shells, pounding out soaps and medicines which are within the oral Ifa divination corpus, making offerings, writing emails with advice Read more [...]

The Odd Pairing of Esu and Joan Rivers

I am always fond of saying that I learn something new in orisa everyday and this week was no exception. For those of you not familiar with me, I work as a Iyanifa and Iyalorisa priestess, a cowrie shell diviner, a maker of Ifa medicines using plants and leaves and also as a physical medium of spirit and orisa. A large part of my work is attending to clients who come to sit “face to face” with a spirit guide, or, most often, Esu, the “most human” of all orisa, for a one on one about their Read more [...]

Eewo-Taboos and Living Life Within the Tradition of Ifa

The Yoruba tradition of Ifa is very clear about eewo-taboos-and every person initiated into Ifa, Itelodu, or who has a naming ceremony at birth, is given their taboos to guide them in life. These go beyond the Christian Ten Commandments of “Thou Shalt not…”. The taboos are very specific to your own special life path and destiny, and are put in place to assure that you achieve iwa pele, perfection, in all aspects of your life. While the Yoruba of old made it very clear that Olodumare is watching Read more [...]

Wake Up Your Life with Prayer

Prayer is an often forgotten ally in our modern world, even for traditionalists who call themselves orisa worshipers or followers. Certainly we all pray when ebo is being made, when we are bowed standing or on our knees in a shrine, but what about when we first wake in the morning? How many people can honestly say they pray, or even know how to pray? While this is easy for those who are initiated into Ifa, if one is not initiated into Ifa with a hand of ikin (the sacred palm nuts of divination which Read more [...]

Praises to the River Goddess

Bright Mother who flashes fire reflecting yellow sun Owner of countless riches below shell pearl river stone throne you are seated like a crown diamond-filled and flowing you spread your ribbons cross land to kiss sweet with salt sea tang. Queen Mother who carries a fan you plait your hair quick fingers mid-stream showing supple back glowing gold onto the sand. Blue-silver ice-green frothing white your arms soothe beads of fever dry throats we drink coolness with our Read more [...]

The Importance of Prayer and Ori

God/Olodumare is Supreme For followers of Ifa, known as elesin ibile, prayer is a daily practice. When one understands their place in the Universe along with all the irunmole, it is only natural (or with a little practice), to give thanks for everything one has, no matter how small. Our heavenly Father Olodumare has given us the gift of life along with this magnificent planet we live on. I like to start each day praying to God, starting with giving thanks for everything I have in detail, Read more [...]