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 wooded area of poser through Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold is an immense examine at the cosmology, metaphysics, philosophy and divination approach of Ifá, written by way 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 complicated oral and fabric tradition of the Yoruba humans. The Yoruba tradition is grounded in reminiscence, an ancestral repository of knowledge, that generates solid assistance, advises acceptable ebo (sacrifice) and opens how to strengthen a superb personality on our trip via lifestyles and in our interactions with the obvious 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 recommendations 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). significantly, Dr Frisvold has created a piece which celebrates the Yoruba knowledge culture and makes a bridge with the Western international. it truly is of worth for the sunshine that it casts at the origins and mysteries of Èsù and òrìsà, and a big resource for these working towards Quimbanda, Palo, Santeria, Vodou and the African Diaspora religions. but its classes are common, for it's the paintings of constructing personality, of attracting luck and accruing knowledge in existence. As Nicholaj writes:

‘…Ifá is a philosophy, a theogony, theology and cosmology rooted in a selected metaphysic that matters itself with the genuine and the suitable, the area and its starting. it really 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 spiritual cult or association related to the veneration of òrìsà. […] via tales and legends, divinatory verses and proverbs, this philosophy could be printed piece via piece till the panorama has been laid open prior to you… ’

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The white blood of the snail has calmative properties, and the Ifá corpus tells us that it was the blood of snails which Ôbàtálá used to calm forces that threatened to wreak catastrophe upon the earth. The snail is also sacred to the ìmɳlɵ in its condition of perfect calm, that called upon the skeleton and spine to transform the dweller of peace into a determined warrior through the power of Ògún. It is when we gained a spine and skeleton that the human journey began from its peaceful and patient original state.

Ifá says the goal is the same – happiness and contentment – but the way to attain it is determined by the uniqueness of the path we chose to walk on earth. This is revealed through the naming ceremony, esèntàyè, which is usually performed on the third day after birth. By utilizing the oracular wisdom of Ôrúnmìlà, the destiny of the child is revealed; and recommendations on how to conduct life in order to live well in the world are given, along with matters concerning professions and the various procedures for atonement of supranatural powers so the roads can be clear and open.

After this encounter with the Lord of Crossroads, his secrets were taken from him, and he could only speak through birds. Ôsányìn is the archetypical master of wisdom and knowledge who falls prey to selfishness and misanthropy. ’ He was tempered and forced by fate to examine his orí and correct himself so that he could bring forth an ìwà rere, a happy disposition, and be gifted with the spirit of sharing. Selfishness is an illness, and its remedy is generosity. We do not own our discoveries in the world; everything we discover belongs to us all as humans, divine beings venturing through our incarnations.

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