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Ela Child of Oyigi, who is he?

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  • Bogunmbe Adewale
    Aboru Aboye o, Ifa tells us in the Holy Sacred Odu Eji-Ogbe, What Ela the child of Oyigi is to all Ifa Orisha tradition and how important it is to celebration
    Message 1 of 1 , May 12, 2012
      Aboru Aboye o,
      Ifa tells us in the Holy Sacred Odu Eji-Ogbe, What Ela the child of Oyigi is to all Ifa Orisha tradition and how important it is to celebration of Ela is. Ifa says:

      Otooto-to, Orooro-ro,
      Otooto lajepa,
      Otooto laje imunmu,
      Loto-loto laa fi ori esunsun si enu,
      Oun t'ori ntori, Oun t'ori ntori,
      Oun t'ori ntori laa fun Oba makin l'ode iranje,
      K'ole baa f'ohun Otooto tani l'ore,
      Adifa fun Oyigi,
      Ti nsunkun pe oun ko bi omo

      Oyigi that Ifa was telling us about was a human being like everyone of us, she was selling fire woods for living then. She was barren for many years. She was always unhappy on this, because she is getting older everyday.
      This led Oyigi to Orunmila to make check of her self, Orunmila divined for her, He told her that she would have a child and the child would be a powerful and famous someone, and of course the child should be a Babalawo, Orunmila prepared medicines for her and she used them.

      The first month, second one, Oyigi had started seeing strange signs in her body from before she then went back to Orunmila to complain the illnes for him, Orunmila told her not to be afraid that she was pregnant already, she was happy to hear this, and people were congratulating her for this.

      When it was nineth month, Oyigi was one day in the bush, where she is cutting the fire woods she sold for living. From there, she was feeling it was the time for her to give birth, there was no one aroud to assist her with this, she then flied her wrapper on the groud and delivered on it. She went to the nearest village to call people to take care of her, before she came back the child had cleaned up itself and sat on Ifa tray (Opon-Ifa). Everyone there was suprised because they never saw such a baby before.

      Oyigi took back the baby back to Orunmila for the naming, Orunmila said the leaf he used for the work when she was barren was Ela leaf among other things, then the name of the baby will be after the leaf 'Ela child Of Oyigi'Orunmila asked Oyigi that when the baby grew up he should be trained to be Babalawo and he would be his master to train him.When ELa grew up, he started the Ifa apprentiship under Orunmila, this is how Ela became first Orunmila Ifa student.

      He followed the directions of his master, he was trustworthy, faithful and staight foward someone, Orunmila himself was happy for having Ela as a student. When it was time for Orunmila to go back to Olodumare, He told people that anything that they wanted him to do for them, they should ask by calling Ela first, then Ela will bring thier voices to him and he would tell Olodumare what they want and it will be so. Moreso, nothing should be done without telling Ela first,

      Ela also became a messiah, doing great work for people, helping people to get their problems solved. When it was time also for Ela to go to Olodumare, he told people, then they asked him back that who would be helping them with their problems, Ela told them that they should be going to Babalawos and Olorishas, and this people should call him three times before saying anything, and he would answer them and take their voices to Orunmila who will take them to Olodumare.

      Ela drew a rope and go to Olodumare. SInce then it was made compulsory for Ifa Orisha believers to do the festivals for Ela every year for the great work he had done in life. Meanwhile anytime they want to remember him they will feast him with all the foods he liked best, such as: Aadun (Corncake), Ireke (Sugarcane), Oyin (Honey), Obi (Kolanuts), Orogbo (Bitter kolanuts), Eku (Rats), Eja (Fish), and they will be singing thus:
      Ifa takun wa ki o wa gbireri o,
      Alawooro sasa, Ela takun wa ki o wa gbireri o,
      Alawooro sasa.
      Ewi Ado takun wa ki o wa gbireri o,
      Alawooro sasa, Ela takun wa ki o wa gbireri o,
      Alawooro sasa.
      Edumare takun wa ki o wa gbireri o,
      Alawooro sasa, Ela takun wa ki o wa gbireri o,
      Alaaworo sasa.

      Otooto-to, Orooro-ro,
      Otooto lajepa,
      Otooto laje imunmu,
      Loto-loto laa fi ori esunsun si enu,
      Oun t'ori ntori, Oun t'ori ntori,
      Oun t'ori ntori laa fun Oba makin l'ode iranje,
      K'ole baa f'ohun Otooto tani l'ore,
      Adifa fun Oyigi,
      Ti nsunkun pe oun ko bi omo
      Won ni ko kara nile ebo ni ko wa se,
      egbo ebo nbe orubo, ero Opo, ero Offa,
      ewa ba ni laarin omo, aarin omo ni a nbani lese
      Obarisa.
      Nje Ifa takun wa ki o wa gbireri o,
      Alawooro sasa, Ela takun wa ki o wa gbireri o,
      Alawooro sasa.
      Ewi Ado takun wa ki o wa gbireri o,
      Alawooro sasa, Ela takun wa ki o wa gbireri o,
      Alawooro sasa.
      Edumare takun wa ki o wa gbireri o,
      Alawooro sasa, Ela takun wa ki o wa gbireri o,
      Alaaworo sasa.

      This was how Ela festivals started and the reason why Alawos and Olorishas should call on Ela RO Wa (3x) before they can embark on any spiritual work, coming THIS 19TH OF MAY, 2012, you are honorably invite to our annual Ela festivals, at Ogunda-Meji Temple Agbalaifa, Apata Ibadan.. Ogbo ato asure iwori wofun.
       
      BOGUNMBE ADEWALE
      IJO ORUNMILA ATORISE (AGBALA-IFA)
      OGUNDA-MEJI TEMPLE
      APATA, IBADAN,
      G.P.O 16371, DUGBE, IBADAN
      TEL: +234-803-3852-876, +13476147444
      www.okanranonile.webs.com
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