An Ifa or Orisa name is a spiritual name given to a person in the Yoruba traditional religion of Ifa. It is used to identify a person’s connection to Ifa or a specific Orisa. Every name given in the Ifa tradition has a specific meaning. And it is directly related to the individual’s destiny or … Continue reading When Should You Receive an Ifa or Orisa Name?
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How Ifa Divination Works
Ifa divination is an ancient spiritual practice from the Yoruba people of West Africa. It is a form of divination that uses an oracle to communicate with the divine. The oracle, known as the Oracle of Ifa, contains a set of sacred objects used in traditional Yoruba divinity. Through this system, one can gain insight … Continue reading How Ifa Divination Works
Tour of an Ifa Temple in Oyo, Nigeria
Have you ever wondered what the inside of an Ifa temple looks like? Did you imagine a pristine building with traditional architecture? Or did you think about a space lined with prayer mats, beads, and other spiritual paraphernalia? Well, an Ifa temple and Orisa icons often look quite different than the average person imagines. Ifa … Continue reading Tour of an Ifa Temple in Oyo, Nigeria
Do Ifa Devotees Believe in God?
Since all non-Abrahamic traditions have been relegated to pagan status, I get this question quite often about the Ifa tradition. Many people assume that we are devil-worshipping, sadistic heathens for the most part. And this could be further from the truth. Ifa devotees absolutely believe in God, or what many refer to as the Creator … Continue reading Do Ifa Devotees Believe in God?
How To Start Practicing the Ifa Tradition
I often get asked the question, “how does one start practicing the Ifa tradition” by new and prospective devotees and onlookers. And this is a very commendable inquiry. I think that any time one embarks on a spiritual journey, one should seek to understand the process before jumping in. While the answer to this question … Continue reading How To Start Practicing the Ifa Tradition
Should You Embrace African Spirituality?
Choosing to embrace an African traditional religion (ATR) can be a daunting decision for the average person. There are many things to consider and many questions to answer. In this episode, I explore the process of embracing African spirituality. I likewise examine a few questions you should ask yourself before embracing this way of life. … Continue reading Should You Embrace African Spirituality?
Ifa and Christianity
Some people who convert to Ifa from Christianity wonder if it is okay to practice Ifa and Christianity together. While there is no hard and fast rule as to whether such a practice is acceptable or not, there are a few things you should consider before making such a decision. The Ifa religion is a tradition practiced … Continue reading Ifa and Christianity
Is the Ifa Religion Evil?
Ifa is a religious system that is often misunderstood. Many people assume that it must be evil because many deities are worshiped in this African traditional religion. However, this is not the case. The Ifa religion is actually based on the belief in one supreme god or creative force, Olodumare. It is only through the … Continue reading Is the Ifa Religion Evil?