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Orunmila Said “That Was a Thunderous Noise”

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Orunmila said, “ that was a thunderous noise”
I said, “it was the fall of an elephant at the farm Baba”
Hin–in
Ifa asked, “Where in the farm did the elephant fall?
Hin–in
They said, “at the Awinrinmogun river”
Hin–in
Orunmila Ordered us to go and investigate
Hin–in
When we got there, we found two hundred dead rats
Hin–in
Orunmila said there was a little one could do with the ancestors of rats
Hin–in
Orunmila said, “That was a thunderous noise”
I said “it was the fall of an elephant at the farm Baba”
Hin–in
Ifa asked “Where in the farm did the elephant fall?
Hin–in
They said, “at the Awinrinmogun river”
Hin–in
Orunmila ordered us to go and investigate
Hin–in
When we got there we found two hundred dead fish
Hin–in
Orunmila said there was little one could do with the ancestors of fish
Hin–in
Orunmila said, “ that was a thunderous noise”
I said, “it was the fall of an elephant at the farm Baba”
Hin–in
Ifa asked, “Where in the farm did the elephant fall?
Hin–in
They said, “at the Awinrinmogun river”
Hin–in
Orunmila ordered us to go and investigate
Hin–in
When we got there, we found two hundred dead animals
Hin–in
Orunmila said there was little one could do with the ancestors of animals
Hin–in
Orunmila said, “ that was a thunderous noise”
I said, “it was the fall of an elephant at the farm Baba”
Hin–in
Ifa asked, “Where in the farm did the elephant fall?
Hin–in
They said, “at the Awinrinmogun river”
Hin–in
Orunmila ordered us to go and investigate
Hin–in
When we got there, we found two hundred dead birds
Hin–in
Orunmila said there was little one could do with the ancestors of birds
Hin–in
Orunmila said, “ that was a thunderous noise”
I said, “it was the fall of an elephant at the farm Baba”
Hin–in
Ifa asked, “Where in the farm did the elephant fall?
Hin–in
They said, “at the Awinrinmogun river”
Hin–in
Orunmila ordered us to go and investigate
Hin–in
When we got there, we found two hundred people
Hin–in
The immovable mountain
Hin–in
They divined for Orunmila when he went to confront the elephant (and to confine it to the pitch)
Hin–in
Orunmila faced the elephant
Hin–in
The elephant faced Orunmila
Hin–in
Orunmila rushed the elephant
Hin–in
The elephant swallowed Orunmila, gulping him down
Hin–in
Orunmila was breathing hard in the elephant’s belly
Hin–in
The elephant, on the other hand, was uncomfortable
Hin–in
They searched for Orunmila, Adagbaa Odomu
Hin–in
They searched for Orunmila, the only one bold enough to blow an ivory trumpet
Hin–in
Akoda was busy divining with Ikin Ifa on the leaf
Hin–in
Aseda was busy divining with Ikin Ifa on the palm frond
Hin–in
Osunbaluwe was busy divining with Ikin Ifa on the ground
Hin–in
Adawonransewonran was busy divining with Ikin Ifa on water
Hin–in
They asked Akoda, “why do you divine on the leaf?”
Hin–in
He said it was because he did not see his father, the father who rides the most beautiful horse
Hin–in
They asked Aseda, “why do you divine on a palm frond”
Hin–in
He said it was because he did not see his father, Adagbaa Odomu
Hin–in
They asked Osunbaluwe, “why do you divine on the ground?”
Hin–in
He said it was because he did not see his father, the only one brave enough to blow an ivory trumpet
Hin–in
They asked Adawonransewonran, “Why do you divine on the water?”
Hin–in
He said it was because he did not see his father, the one capable of averting death (preserving the life of a child destined for death)
Hin–in
The search for Orunmila was in vain
Hin–in
They sent for Orimadegun, Ogun
Hin–in
They sent for the one with long white robes, Osoosi
Hin–in
They also sent for Ija, he that can snatch an elephant’s tail off
Hin–in
They ordered to butcher the elephant
Hin–in
After the elephant was butchered
Hin–in
A covered calabash was opened
Hin–in
Two hundred sacred palm kernels were found
Hin–in
Twenty out of the Ikin Ifa were counted and given to Alara
Hin–in
Alara worshiped the Ikin Ifa and divined with them, he was installed as king
Hin–in
Twenty of the Ikin Ifa were given to Ajero, child of the beautiful Egret bird
Hin–in
Ajero worshiped the Ikin Ifa and divined with them, he was installed as king
Hin–in
Twenty of the Ikin Ifa were given to Alaafin of Oyo, a king
Hin–in
He worshiped the Ikin Ifa and divined with them, he was installed as king
Hin–in
Alaafin of Oyo terrible death, royal husband of the queen, so much feared that his orders must be carried out with no question
Hin–in
Alaafin of Oyo the spirit, he who revere in eating the sacred food while destinies are being carved
Hin–in
He who navigates the world feeding on shea butter
Hin–in
He who goes from wine to honey, he who enjoys life
Hin–in
Twenty of the Ikin Ifa were given to Oluufe Ooni
Hin–in
He who pampers his children with abundant money
Hin–in
The curse of Ooni is dreadful
Hin–in
He worshiped the Ikin Ifa and divined with them, he was installed as king
Hin–in
Twenty of the Ikin Ifa were given to tentative kings
Hin–in
They worshiped the Ikin Ifa and they divined with them, they were installed as kings
Hin–in
Kanga, konga, the sound of a bell
Hin–in
The white man’s gong drops and sounded Kanga kongo!
Hin–in
Divined for them in Ido town
Hin–in
Whose house was invaded by death and illness
Hin–in
While evil and negativity decided to reside in his domain
Hin–in
Tiriri ajija, like the sound of a gong, I cannot be moved
Hin–in
Sickness cannot touch me, I am untouchable
Hin–in
Tiriri ajija, like the sound of a gong, I cannot be moved
Hin–in
All evil deeds and negativity cannot move me, I am immovable
Hin–in
Tiriri ajija, like the sound of the gong I cannot be moved, very firmly, Ifa pegs my enemy’s head on a tree
Orunmila O!
Very firmly, Ifa pegs my enemy’s head on a tree

2 thoughts on “Orunmila Said “That Was a Thunderous Noise”

  1. buenos dias baba oloddumare lo bendiga junto a su familia, cual es el odu de este verso de ifa y para que podri ser usado, ? gracias

  2. Aboru, aboye Awo,
    What is the odu that tells this story?

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