Ifá: A Forest of Mystery by Nicholaj De Mattos Frisvold, Childerico, Chief Ògúnṣínà

By Nicholaj De Mattos Frisvold, Childerico, Chief Ògúnṣínà Babatúndẹ́ Ọlàyínkà Adéwuyì

Ifá: A woodland of puzzle by way of Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold is an important research at the cosmology, metaphysics, philosophy and divination method of Ifá, written by means of a practice holder and member of the council of elders, referred to as the Ogboni society, of Abeokuta, Nigeria.
Ifá – an alternate identify for its prophet Òrúnmìlà – is a faith, a knowledge culture and a procedure of divination encoding the wealthy and intricate oral and fabric tradition of the Yoruba humans. The Yoruba tradition is grounded in reminiscence, an ancestral repository of knowledge, that generates sturdy tips, advises acceptable ebo (sacrifice) and opens tips on how to enhance a very good personality on our trip via lifestyles and in our interactions with the seen and invisible worlds.

The paintings is a presentation of the 1st 16 odù of the Ifá corpus of divination verses defined in tales, allegories and proverbs reflecting the sensible knowledge of Ifá. The paintings is either a presentation of Ifá for people with little wisdom of it, and a dynamic presentation of the wealth of its knowledge for these already conversant in Ifá. The deities and key ideas of Ifá metaphysics are mentioned, together with: Obàtálá, Ònilé, Sàngó, Ògún, Oya, Òsányìn, Yemoja, Èsù, àse (power), egúngún (ancestry), ìwà (character), and orí (head/consciousness/daimon). particularly, Dr Frisvold has created a piece which celebrates the Yoruba knowledge culture and makes a bridge with the Western global. it really is of price for the sunshine that it casts at the origins and mysteries of Èsù and òrìsà, and an enormous resource for these training Quimbanda, Palo, Santeria, Vodou and the African Diaspora religions. but its classes are common, for it's the artwork of constructing personality, of attracting luck and accruing knowledge in lifestyles. As Nicholaj writes:

‘…Ifá is a philosophy, a theogony, theology and cosmology rooted in a selected metaphysic that issues itself with the true and the proper, the area and its starting. it truly is rooted within the structure of guy and the aim of existence and the character of destiny. Ifá is a philosophy of personality. The philosophy of Ifá lies on the root of any non secular cult or association concerning the veneration of òrìsà. […] via tales and legends, divinatory verses and proverbs, this philosophy may be printed piece by means of piece till the panorama has been laid open sooner than you… ’

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He carried the calabash of creation to earth and brought forth all òrìṣà from the storehouse of divine wisdom, the still state of being and all possibilities of expression we know as Olódùmarè. There are no shrines or groves dedicated to Olódùmarè. We can pray to him, as a statement of our axis, an affirmation of recognition, but it will be like whispers touching fog. Olódùmarè is the origin of all, but is different from everything that is, and because of this he is the pole that generates any landscape, known or mysterious to us.

Mí is also the Yorùbá word used to designate a specific person, someone with a substance and an essence. Èmí was placed in the heart that rests in àyà (the chest), and the chest refers both to armour and also to friendship. Àyà is the field used to embrace someone in the bonds of friendship so that our heart can meet with theirs. Àyà is a spiritual force in its own right, the spirit of friendship. From the chest stretch forth our arms, known as owó, a word that is similar to òwó, (abundance) and òwòòwó (a gathering, accumulation).

Sogbo traditions, which are the origin of her cult, impart that she was a direct manifestation of Olódùmarè, and in relation to this we have countless myths telling of how she conquered every single male power that refused to acknowledge her. Emphasis is still placed on her attributes as the spirit who ensures successful trade, who brings money and wealth and who touches everything with beauty. She is omi tutu, sweet and cold waters. Crocodiles and alligators living in swampy freshwater represent her aspect when her cold waters are heated up.

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