If you don’t understand what Ori is, then read this:

Ori is a person's anatomical head which contains the brain. However IFA teaches that inside this physical head and apart from the brain there resides another entity, a psychic impalpable force that determines
the individual's fortune in life.

Ori is cognate with the European concept of destiny except that with Ori there is a factor of personal responsibility influencing the net effect.
Ipin ( a person's lot)
Iponri (individual choice)
Ayanmo (Allotment)
Eledal (creative influence) are alternative names for Ori, describing various facets of this intriguing concept.
For this reason it is not surprising that English equivalents offered by writers on the subject also vary in emphasis or nuance.
Borrowing from Christian terminology, Ibie refers to Ori as Our Guardian Angel", but his other phrase
"the principal architect of our fortune both in heaven and earth”, more accurately reflects the concept as expounded in IFA.
Ifa's version is that using clay and material, Ajala the heavenly potter moulds the anatomical head and fires it to produce different sizes and finish.
Orisa-Nla provides each finished head with a particular blessing, the quality of

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15 Aug
Teach your children what you want them to become irrespective of age or gender, only Olódùmarè knows what the future holds and God that gave you the Female children is not a fool, it's you that should not fool yourself by discriminating against the female child.
Don't hide the mysteries of the Òrìṣàs or whatever you can't afford to see perish from your children whether male or female, only God knows the child that will bury one after one joins the ancestors.

Ifa says in Irosun Iwori (ìrosùn Àwòyé)
Aìsọ́kùbrin lóbìnrin ń jogún Àdá
Àdífáfún Ọláyínká Òròlú
Ọmọ Ògbóyè
Bí ò bá sí Ọláyínká Òròlú ọmọ Ògbóyè
Gbogbo Ìṣòro, gbogbo ìsọ̀pẹ̀ wọn ìbámọ̀ra


In the absence of the male child, the female inherits the cutlass
Cast Ifá for Ọláyínká Òròlú
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13 Aug
Osun is the cosmology force of fresh waters (rivers, streams and lakes). She reflects one of the manifestations of OLÓDUMARÈ (Supreme bring/ God) in the Yoruba Orisa pantheon.

"Osun, guide me so that I stay on path towards my destiny and navigate through
the challenges I face daily, just like the river finds a way around obstacles and stays on course"...

"Osun, protect our home, my love ones and myself. Just like the river forms a natural barrier, may it create a protective barrier between us and those with bad

"Osun, grant me patience to develop good character and make my experiences and life lessons go smoother, just like the river rocks were made smoother over a long time from the river's steady flow"...

"Osun, may my life have balance and may I live in harmony,
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Mike Bamiloye Oosa which is a corruption of Òrìṣà is not translated as "the gods".

Òrìṣà is an elision of 2 words "Orí" meaning "head" and "Ṣà" meaning "select".

The literal meaning of Òrìṣà is therefore "Select Head"

In Yoruba land, Òrìṣàs are equivalence of
Saints in European religions.

The catholic church canonize people as saints when they die due to their contribution to the advancement of the society via the religion.

It is the same in Yoruba land, Òrìṣàs are those whose "head" (Orí, destiny, ìpín)"selected" them to do
something great among the people and after they completed their mission on earth and went back to Olódùmarè who sent them here, the people deify them (or canonize them) as Òrìṣàs.

Ogun it is who brought the knowledge of smelting metals to the Yoruba people.
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3 Jun
Ìká Òfún says:
Ẹní bá da ilẹ̀ á bá'lẹ̀ lọ
A dífá fún àgbààgbà mẹ́rìndínlógún
Wọ́n ń relé Ifẹ̀ wọ́n ń lọ rèé tọrọ ogbó
Kí wọ́n le gbó, Kí wọ́n lè tọ́ bí Olódùmarè ti rán,wọn,
Wọ́n dá Ifá sí
Wọ́n ní wọn á gbó, wọ́n á tọ́ sùgbọ́n kí
wọ́n pa ìkìlọ̀ mọ́

(They (16 elders) walked to Ile Ife in order to request long life. Will we live as long as Olodumare (God) was their question to Ifa. Ifa said they will live long if they obey the laws.

Ẹní bá da ilẹ̀ á bá'lẹ̀ lọ. Those who break
the trust shall suffer. What are the trusts? Here they are:

1. . They (the Babalawos) warned, do not call esuru ( a type of yam) esuru (Which means do not say what you do not know).

2. They warned the elders, do not call esuru (the sacred stories) Esuru. (
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Ebi nn'pami Ihala Ihal'a
Ebi nn'pami Ihala Ihol'o
Ebi kii pa Babalawo kinu Esu Odun
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Erinmin losawo titi Orode Owo
Ope sagasaga losawo titi Orode Akoko
Eeran otilepetun Babalawo Nii se
Meruwa gboke yo palaba Babalawo Nii se
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Yoofi latosin Omo Ewi dele
Sinrinkusin Omo Ojosun
Karukoda Awo Elegbara
Owonafori fojunu Awo Iyami
Soorowo Omo Sanponna
Awon Mararun Ni won se Omo Ikofa Owo AgbonmereguN
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Okowon Ni tite ile won moon te
Babakowon ni Okara Ebo ni hiha won moon ha
Awa ti rubo Ebo wa da Na ooO
Ajankoro dugbe Ifajeki Ebo Oda felebo
Latosin Omo Ewi Babalawo Nii se Ajankorodugbe
Ifajeki Ebo Oda felebo
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Put a frog into a vessel fill with water and start heating the water. As the temperature of the water begins to rise, the frog adjust its body temperature accordingly. The frog keeps adjusting its body temperature with the increasing temperature of the water.
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Very soon the frog dies.
What killed the frog?

Think about it!
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