Obatala, known as Orisa Nla, is an orisha in the traditional African religion of Ifa. According to Yoruba mythology, he is the Sky Father and the maker of human bodies brought to life by Olodumare's calm breath. This deity is the most ancient of all orishas in this African religion. Olodumare gave Obatala permission to … Continue reading Obatala in the Ifa Religion
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Eshu in the Ifa Religion
Eshu, also known as Esu or Elegba, is a deity of the people of Yoruba, Nigeria, in West Africa. He is one of the prominent orishas of the Ifa traditional religion. Eshu understands all the languages and serves as a messenger between humans and the gods. He is most notable for his pranks, cruelty, unpredictability, … Continue reading Eshu in the Ifa Religion
Orunmila in the Ifa Religion
Orunmila, also known as Orunla or Orula in Yorubaland, is a deity or Orisha. He carries the knowledge of wisdom and divination. Regarded as the Grand Priest of the Ifa tradition, this Orisha serves as the source of understanding and purity in the human experience. According to Yoruba cosmology, Orisha Orunmila is the first deity … Continue reading Orunmila in the Ifa Religion
Hand of Ifa (Isefa)
The Hand of Ifa or Isefa in the Yoruba language is a set of consecrated ikin dedicated to Orunmila. This is the first sacred Orisha pot or icon that devotees receive during an Isefa ceremony. Typically Ifa devotees receive 21 ikins for Orunmila and one icon for Eshu. Eshu, the messenger Orisha, always gets the … Continue reading Hand of Ifa (Isefa)
Ileke Beads in the Ifa Tradition
Ileke beads, sometimes referred to as Ifa or Orisha beads, are a type of beaded jewelry that can be found in Nigeria and other parts of Africa. The word ileke means "bead" in the Yoruba language. Seeds, beans, and stones are kneaded together to form these elaborate fetishes. The beadwork is created by stringing together … Continue reading Ileke Beads in the Ifa Tradition
Sacrifice in Ifa Religion
Sacrifice in the Ifa religion is a means of giving or offering something to gain something greater in return. Religious sacrifices of this nature usually involve offering food, objects, or the lives of animals to a divine being as an act of worship. In most African traditional religions, ritual sacrifices are encouraged to appease the … Continue reading Sacrifice in Ifa Religion
Orishas in the Ifa Tradition
Orishas, also spelled Orisa, are natural forces or supernatural entities of the universe. These spirits are also referred to as deities or gods of the elements in the Ifa tradition of West Africa. They serve as conduits or intermediaries between humans and the Supreme Being (Olodumare) to benefit and help humans enjoy life. There are … Continue reading Orishas in the Ifa Tradition
What are the Rules of Ifa Religion?
The Ifa religion is one of the most widely practiced African traditional religions. Various rules underline the principles of the Ifa religion. Before considering these rules, we must understand other aspects of the Ifa religion. Ifa is an African religion that has contributed to the lives of people that adhere to it. It is a religion … Continue reading What are the Rules of Ifa Religion?