THE ORIGIN OF THE YORUBA TRIBAL MARK
During the procedure, the men in the family hold the child and watch the procedure but the women including the mother do not watch the operation.
There have been different beliefs regarding the origin of the ilà. One account was one of the past kings of Old Oyo – Sango.
But anyway, Sango wanted them to listen attentively to the first name to be called during the invocation as that would be the name of his mother.
Obviously the Hausa slave was too drunk to pay attention but the Tetu was very cautious and immediately heard and memorized the name
The wives then suggested that such marks should not be made in slaves but on the royal family as a sign of royalty.
Another origin we know of is linked to Oduduwa popularly known as the Father of Yoruba. Oduduwa was instructed by the Deity Ifa to put marks on the cheeks of all the families that left the East -
Various herbalists were gathered but the name of the chief priest who consulted Ifa was Setilu
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