Oyeku Ofun Temple

Ifa and Orisha Temple in Arcata, Humboldt County, Northern California // A Peaceful Place for Divine Worship


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With Care and Compassion Do We Collect the Eggs of the Chicken

Kekenke — to be favored — the Awo of Kekenke
Gegenge — to be pampered — the Awo of Gegenge
These are the ones who cast IFA for Orimonikee
The one who had the support of their ORI (Head) from the ORUN (Spiritual Realm)
IFA, please continue to favor me
ORI, please continue to show me favor
Fellow human beings in life, please keep favoring me and loving me
With care and compassion do we collect the eggs of the chicken


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Hold Your Ori (Head) for Support

Those who are envious of one’s personality
Are the ones who kick one’s belongings into the river
Those who are not envious
Are the ones who kick them back onto the land
They were the ones who case IFA for Mogbarimu (I hold my ORI tightly for support)
Offspring of ORISA
If you wake up early in the morning
Hold your ORI for support
One’s ORI is one’s success and prosperity


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IFA, Let Me Live Up To Their Expectations As Their Father

I walked stealthily and adorned my head with a befitting crown
I walked quietly and adorned my neck with Ejigbara and Okun beads
I know nothing and I am ignorant of all things
Nonetheless, I ascended the throne of the market leaders
The youths of Ife saw me and they put on befitting garments
The elders of Ife saw me and they put on gorgeous dresses
May evil not set me in contention with Gunnugun (the vulture)
May I live and grow as old as Gunnugun
May evil not set me up against Akala (another kind of vulture)
May I become as old as Akala
Elders do not make forceful sounds like the closing of the main entrance door Ifa, please turn me into a Babalawo
When a Babalawo becomes a full Babalawo
He will have a pony in front of his house
Ifa, please let me have a pony in front my house
Ifa, please turn me into a Babalawo
When a Babalawo becomes a full Babalawo
He will have a galloping horse in the backyard of his house
Ifa, please let me have a galloping horse in the backyard of my house Ifa, please turn me into a Babalawo
When a Babalawo becomes a full Babalawo
He will be blessed with 1,460 women in his house
Ifa, please let me have 1,460 women in my house
Ifa, please turn me into a Babalawo
When a Babalawo becomes a full Babalawo
He will have 1,460 children in his house
Ifa, please let me have 1,460 children in my house
Ifa, please let me live up to their expectations as their father
Alofoun of the farm land
You are the father of all grasses
Ifa, please let me live up to their expectations as their father
Torofinni is the head of all rats in the forest
Ifa, please let me live up to their expectations as their father
Alofoun of the farm land
You are the father of all grasses
Ifa, please let me live up to their expectations as their father
Odosu is the head of all ikin
Ifa, please let me live up to their expectations as their father
Alofoun of the farm land
You are the father of all grasses
Ifa, please let me live up to their expectations as their father
Akaraba is the head of all fish in the deep
Ifa, please let me live up to their expectations as their father
Alofoun of the farm land
You are the father of all grasses
Ifa, please let me live up to their expectations as their father
The Peacock is the head of all birds in the forest
Ifa, please let me live up to their expectations as their father Alofoun of the farm land
You are the father of all grasses
Ifa, please let me live up to their expectations as their father


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The Greeting of OLODUMARE Is More Than That of 200 Human Beings

The working of the grinding stone
And the functioning of the grinding-stone
Pregnancy makes the breasts protrude
IFA’s message for the one who people were discrediting
But who OLODUMARE was supplementing
He was advised to offer EBO
He complied
If someone refuses to greet me
Let the person sit down
The greeting of OLODUMARE is more than that of 200 human beings
If someone refuses to salute me
Let the person be seated
The greeting of my ORI is more than that of 200 human beings
If someone refuses to compliment me
Let the person go and sit down
The greeting of my IFA is more than that of 200 human beings


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I Cannot Practice Ifa’s Business Without Being Recognized

The hoopoe landed on Iroko tree
And was making kafe-kafe sound
Ifa’s message for Ọrunmila
When he had no money to spend
He was advised to offer Ẹbọ
He complied
I cannot practice Ifa’s business without being recognized
It is Ogumo that authorizes my being given recognition
Let people send others to come for me in front
And send many more others to come for me from behind
I cannot practice Ifa’s business without being recognized


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I Paid the Due of Destiny and I Have Peace of Mind

Whenever hunger comes
A large chunk of food is used to appease it
This is IFA’s declaration for Teyingbiwa
Who was advised to pay the due of his destiny in Heaven
He heard and complied
I pay the due of destiny and I have peace of mind
Teyingbiwa
I have fulfilled the obligations of my destiny in Heaven and there is peace in my life on Earth


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May this Crescent Moon Bless all IFA Devotees

Whether the Orí of Ìká is tight
Or it is loose
It is one’s Orí that gives one the good fortunes
Cast divination for Dendere
The mother of the Moon crescent in heaven
‘Would I see good things at all’?
‘Would good things stay with me’? She had asked
She was asked to perform sacrifice
The Moon crescent performed the sacrifice
All the stars stayed with the moon
All good things stayed with her
She brought back many children
Ifá says he wishes this person well
He said whether the Orí of Ìká is tight
Or it is loose
It is one’s Orí that gives one the good fortunes
Cast divination for Dendere
The mother of the Moon crescent in heaven
She was asked to take care of the ground and perform
sacrifice
Dendere heard about the sacrifice
And performed it
Dendere is back
The mother of Moon crescent
Come and see the children she brought back from her
journey
Dendere is back
The mother of Moon Crescent