Oyeku Ofun Temple

Ifa and Orisha Temple in Arcata, Humboldt County, Northern California


Honesty of Thought Is More Satisfying…

Otura re’ra ko de’ra
Akoki rajo k obo
Otito inu yo ni lajeku
O ju iro lo o
Dia fun Orunmila
Baba n sawo lo si ilu Eke
Nibi won gbe n fi ohun si oju owo
Ti won n fie yin owo han’ra won
Bee ni aye won ri rudurudu
Orunmila kuro nibe
Baba lo si ilu awon Odale
Bi won ti n yo’lee da
Loun werewere abenu nyo won ni sise
Bee ni won po bi esu
Orunmila fi won sile
Baba lo si ilu awon Olooto
O ba won won o p’ogun
Bee ni won o p’ogbon
Bee ni aye won gun gege
Orunmila wa lanu koto
O ni otito ree o
Omi ale Ife
Ara yoo mu nibe o wopo


Otura went to Ira but never got to Ira
Akoki went on a journey but never return
Honesty of thought
Is more satisfying
And is higher than lying
Ifa’s message for Orunmila
When going to the town of liars
Where they keep things in their palms
But show each other the back of their palm
Their life is in total chaos
Orunmila left there
Orunmila went to the town of the oath breakers
As they secretely break the oath
So does their conscience continue to torment them
But they are very many in number
Orunmila left them
He went to the town of the truthful
He meant them they were not up to 20 in number
They are not up to 30
But their life are peaceful and organized
Orunmila opened his mouth to sing
He says here is the truth
The water of Ife land
Those who drink out of it are not many



Gingerly The Moon Rises…

Teere losu nle
Baara baara losu nfeyin ti
Ogbagba e gba serin m’osu
Ko le kankankan
Difa fun Olofin tii yoo gbe egbaagbeje odun laye
Ebo ni won ni ko waa se
O gb’Ebo, o ru’bo
Ogun odun lenii owewe ni mo wa
Ogbon odun lenii owewe ni mo wa
Ogorun odun lenii owewe ni mo wa
Lowewe lowewe ni tomo eyele
Akapo nrubo laiku re kiri

Gingerly the moon rises
And gingerly the moon descends
Let us use an iron rod to nail the moon
For it to become strong
Ifa’s message for Olofin
Who will live up to 14000 years on earth
He was advised to offer Ebo
He complied
20 years from now I will remain young and vibrant
30 years to this time I will remain young and vibrant
Even in 100 years time I will remain young and vibrant
All young pigeons look fresh and vibrant
The Akapo is busy offering Ebo of longevity


ITADOGUN 3/13/14

ITADOGUN 3/13/14

This Itadogun, Ifa says we will live on to see next year’s Odun Ifa (Ifa festival). Ifa says that our detractors want to see us fall, but Orunmila will not let his children fail. Ifa says we should be making offering to our IKIN IFA with 1 Eja Ifa, Gin, and 4 Obi.
On this Ifa says:
Adondo ado
Adondo ado
Ado won o tori oogun so
Oogun won o tori ado dagba
Difa fun Mapowa
Tii somo bibi inu Agbonniregun
Ebo ni won ni ko waa se
O gb’Ebo, o ru’bo
Erigi alo
Ifa o ni fi Mapowa omo re fun’ku pa o
Tohun iku ti di imule
The round calabash
And the small bottle gourd
It is not because of the medicinal preparation that the gourd germinates
And it is not because of the gourd that the medicines were prepared
Ifa’s message for Mapowa
The child of Agbonniregun
He was advised to offer Ebo
He comply
Orunmila, Erigi-alo
Ifa will not release Mapowa his child for death to snatch away
Ifa and death have entered into covenant

May Olodumare protect us. Ase O

Apena Fagbemijo Amosun Osunyemi Fakayode
Otun Amufawuni of Ibadan Land
Director of Oyeku Ofun Temple


Orisa is Orisa, Regardless of Where It Is Being Practiced

Orisa is Orisa, regardless of where it is being practiced.

Ifa states in the sacred odu Otura Obara:

“…mo na oke okun, ko sile to wa, ti ko mo Ifa o.”

Translation: “…I have been to overseas countries, there is no land which exists, where Ifa is not known.”

And in sacred odu Ogbe Ofun:

“…gbogbo aye loju Ifa wa o…Orisa to fi gbogbo aye soju ororii re tan patapata…”

Translation: “…Ifa’s grove and shrine exist all over the world…The Orisa designated the entire world as their grove and shrine…”

The differences in practice between different Orisa groups is to be expected. Different homes will do things slightly differently and we need to respect that. There are differences in practices and opinions between different locales and iles, both the diaspora as well as back at home.

We must be respectful of the differences, not allow them to pull our community apart. We should acknowledge these differences, but never allow them to separate us or stop us from doing Ifa/Orisa work together as a community. Regardless of any differences, we need to work together as a community.

May the Irunmole bring us all together as a family! Ase ooo


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