Ifa

Illumination Fundamental Art (Ifá) is the word of Olodumare encompassing all knowledge of things past, present and future. Ifá philosophy is one of the oldest  form of knowledge revealed to mankind. Hence the body of knowledge called Ifá  is endless, ageless and eternal. Click here to buy Practitioner's Handbook for the IFA Professional


The expression of Ifá encompasses revelations, way of life and religion taught by òrùnmìlà . That is why it is said that Orunmila is the divinity but Ifá is his words The  Ifá priest  is the mouth piece of  Orunmila. Knowledge of Ifá  has mainly survived by oral tradition from one Ifá priest to another. No conscious effort has ever been made to record the complete works of Orunmila for public consumption until resent. 


The Ifá priests themselves are often reluctant to part with their knowledge for fear of the knowledge becomes pubic property and the mythical facade behind which they operates be destroyed because it takes over 21 years of indentured servitude to produce a proficient  Ifá priest. Get a copy
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The revelations of Orunmila (Ifá) have since beginning of time been shrouded in utter secrecy and those who could afford the time and leisure of acquiring the knowledge of Ifá and wisdom of  Orunmila had no means of leaving any record behind them.  


Whatever we know of Ifá had been handed down orally from generation to generation.Most of what is know about Ifá today are revealed by himself because frequently appears to his adherents in dreams to  teach them what they ought know about him and his work (Ifá).  Buy Iwa-Pele: Ifa Quest: The Search for the Source of Santeria and Lucumi


The knowledge of Ifá has given òrùnmìlà such unparalleled powers that made him the most effective of all divinities that were the first  creatures of God. Orunmila who was the youngest of all divinities created by God; was actually God's own witness when he began to create other organic and inorganic substances ; That is why  Orunmila is referred to as Eleri ipin. He alone knows the true nature and origin of all creatures created by God.  Get a copy of Ifa Divination: Communication Between Gods and Men in West Africa (Midland Book)



The followers of òrùnmìlà who are able to acquire some of the knowledge therefore weld tremendous powers which have often baffled many uninitiated into calling it magic or juju. 


The  Ifá priest  is the mouth piece of  Orunmila he is the axis around which daily life revolved in the community. Until relatively recently it was respectable to consult the Ifá priest openly to seek solutions to the problems of living but in recent times; it has become fashionable to consults in absolute secrecy and stealth.


The factors responsible for this secrecy attitude are as these:

  • The advent of modern civilization and education it brought in it wake.
  • The overbearing influence of later-day religions which were used by the imperialists as weapon of conquest of both moral minds, territorial ambitions and lately economy dominant.       
  • The last is the is the aggregate impacts of these two forces.   
    The children of ifa priest no longer wish to be associated with religion and wisdom of ifa their forefathers which they dismiss as barbaric superstitious paganism. 

It is important to appreciate that òrùnmìlà does not go about looking for converts . Ifa religion is for the individual, which does not rely on weight of numbers for survival. Ifa philosophy is designed to assist the students and initiates in acquiring more in-dept knowledge of Ifa wisdom and to demystify the philosophy of Ifa religion. 


Contrary to all outward appearances there is nothing mysterious and superstitious about Ifa. More importantly is to make Ifa religion rank Parnassus if not superior to much younger religions like Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Buddhism etc .


These other religions had the advantage of earlier documentations. 

Many Ifa priests endowed with brilliant knowledge of the theory and practice of Ifa wisdom left no records of their wealth of knowledge and experience hence Ifa is a much richer and older body of knowledge.  Tratado De Los ODU De IFA Sintesis Tercera Edicion Espcial (Spanish Edition)



Ifá refers to the system of Divination  and the verses of the literary corpus known as the Odú Ifá. IFA: The Ancient Wisdom  
of the Yoruba who live in South Western parts of Nigeria and West Africa. This ancient wisdom known as Ifa  reflects a time-honored tradition on which the Yoruba philosophy, arts, music, customs, science, medicine, culture and religion are based. Hidden for centuries, Ifa is a nature religion that helps to develop realistic relationships with the natural forces which govern the universe.
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Yorubareligion identifies 
Orunmila as the Grand Priest; as that which revealed Ifá Oracle divinity to the world. Such is his association with the Ifá Oracle divinity; in some instances, the term "Orunmila" is used interchangeably with Ifá.

Ifá is the word of Olodumare encompassing all knowledge of things past, present and future. It is sometimes used interchangeably as the name for the orisha deity Orunmila. Orunmila is the orisha of wisdom and knowledge, who created the system and method for accessing the knowledge of Ifa.

Olodumare or Olorun as the supreme, self-existing deity. According to author Bolaji E. Idowu:"He is supreme over all on earth and in heaven, acknowledged by all the divinities as the Head to whom all authority belongs and all allegiance is due. . . His status of supremacy is absolute. 

Things happen when He approves, things do not come to pass if He disapproves. In worship, the Yoruba holds Him ultimately First and Last; in man's daily life, He has the ultimate pre-eminence." 
In the Yorùbá belief
system, Olodumare: God in Yoruba Belief has àṣẹ over all that is. It is for this reason that He is considered supreme.

Orunmila is recognized as a primordial 201 Irunmole that was present both at the beginning of Creation and then again amongst them as a priest that taught an advanced form of spiritual knowledge and ethics, during visits to earth in physical form or through his disciples. 

Orunmila is the spirit of wisdom among the Irunmole and the divinity of destiny and prophecy. He is "Igbakeji Olodumare" (second in command to Olodumare; often also playfully translated as "second calabash to God", since "igba" means "calabash") and "eleri ipin" (witness of fate). Orunmila is also referred to as Agbonniregun, the embodiment of knowledge and wisdom of Ifá.

Ifa jé òrìsà kan pàtàkì láàrin àwon Yorùbá. Àwon Yorùbá gbàgbó wí pé Olódùmarè ló rán ifá wá láti òde òrun latí wá fi ogbón rè tún ilé ayé se. Ogbón, ìmò, àti òye tí olódùmarè fi fún ifá ló fún ifá ní ipò ńlá láàrin àwon ìbọ ní ile Yorùbá. “A-kéré-finú-sogbón” ni oríkì ifá.
Ìgbàgbó Yorùbá ni wípé ní ìgbà kan rí, ifa gbé òde-ayé fún ìgbà pípé kí o tóó padà lo sí òrùn. Ní ìgbà tí ifá fi wà ní ilé ayé, ó gbé ilé-ifè fun ìgbà péréte. Sùgbón ní ìgbà tí òrùnmìlà fi wà láyé yìí naa, a tún maa lo sí òde òrun léè kòò kan tí olódùmarè bá pèé láti wá fi ogbón rè bá òun tún òde-òrùn se. Nítorí náà gbáyégbórun ni ifá ńse.
Ìtàn so fún wa wipe omo méjo ni òrúnmìlà bí nígbà tí ó wà láyé, nígbà tí ó di ojo kan ti òrùnmìlà ńse odún ni òkan nínú àwon omo yìí tíí se àbíkèhìn pátápátá báse àfójúdi sí òrúnmìlà, ni òrùnmìlà bá binú fi ayé sílè lo sí òde orun. 
Ni ìfá bá relé olókun kòdé mó. Ó léni té bá ri i, e sá maa pè ní baba”. Sùgbón òrùnmìlà fún àwon òmo rè méjèèjo  náà ní ikin mérìndínlógùn ó ní be e délé bee bá fówóó ní, eni tè é maa bi ninu. Ìkín mérìndinógun náà ni à ń lò lòníí láti bèèrè nnkan lówó ifa.
women occupy a central place in the religious of Ifá and life of the Yoruba people and shows how men and women engage in mutually beneficial roles in the Yoruba religious sphere. Visit Osun Osogbo: Sacred Places and Sacred People

It explores how gender issues play out in two Yoruba religious traditions-indigenous religion and Christianity in Southwestern Nigeria. Rather than shy away from illuminating the tensions between the prominent roles of Yoruba women in religion. Click here for Women in the Yoruba Religious Sphere (Mcgill Studies in the History of Religions, a Series Devoted to International Scholarship)

 
Ogbo ato... Ifa agbe wa ooo.
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