SOLVING PROBLEMS THROUGH EBO (ETUTU)
by BABALAWO OWOLABI AWORENI
Ebo is the child of Orunmila. Orunmila created Ebo to this Earth to solve the problems of human beings. People on earth use Ebo not only to solve problems but to alleviate suffering. After the sacrifice (etutu) is made a Babalawo will consult Ifa to ensure that it is carried to the proper place. Ebo will then invite Esu who will then take the etutu to heaven where it will be accepted. In this way it is not only the prayers thatare answered but problems are resolved and suffering alleviated.
It is important that Ebo is prepared correctly otherwise the problem may not be solved. If Ebo is prepared correctly and the instructions of Ifa followed there is no problem Ebo cannot solve.
There is not a certain time period for the power of Ebo to work. In the olden days one used to hide and watch to “see” if the Ebo had been accepted. However, now in modern times this cannot be done. A good babalawo will know how to check after the Ebo has been set to “see” that it has been accepted without “watching.”
Ebo is working with many things in this world. Ebo is working closely with the Iyami and Esu. The entity that Ebo works with depends on what is prescribed by Ifa. For example, Ifa may ask Ebo to work with Obatala or Obaluaye.
There are many different types of Ebo. There is Ebo for Esu, for Ogun, there is Ebo for blessings, money or love. There is also Ebo that will cause problems for an adversary. Ebo works with an individual spirit. There are positive and negative aspects to Ebo.
Ebo has its own time and it is for a practiced babalawo to divine correctly. Some Ebo must be carried in the morning, some in the afternoon and some at midnight. Some Ebo cannot be seen by the eyes. Some times the same Ebo must be made periodically.
Every Ifa priest must make Ebo. Ebo is the most important tool for a babalawo. Any person that worships Orisa or any Irunmole must make Ebo.
Ebo is very powerful and useful for human beings. Every Odu Ifa speaks about Ebo. Ebo can be made for every Odu, in this way there is no problem that cannot be solved using Ebo.
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“The Ifa divination system condemns in very strong terms those people who evade the sacrifice stipulated for them. It is believed that such people open themselves to the attack of the ajogun without any help or protection from the divinities. A man can, therefore, never hope for success in any endeavour on which he has consulted Ifa unless he has performed the prescribed sacrifice. Offering of sacrifice means that the divinities have sanctioned whatever the client plans to do and the client himself derives immense psychological satisfaction from the realisation that the divinities and the ancestors are in support of his plan. Furthermore, sacrifice provides the Ifa priest with a good part of his daily bread since he is allowed to retain certain parts of the offerings made by his clients for his own purposes. Whenever he is in doubt as to what part of any sacrifice he can reserve for himself, he can always just use his ibo to achieve clarification.
Sacrifice is therefore central to Ifa divination and to Yoruba religion as a whole. Sacrifice keeps the belief system going and link the client, the diviner, the divinities and the ancestors together through a system of service and reward. When a client refuses to perform sacrifice, he makes it impossible for this system of action and reaction to be completed. Such a client therefore commits a rape of the belief system since he has exploited the divinities by inciting them to identify and solve his problem and for him without providing them with their stipulated reward. Hence, not only will the divinities cease to support him, they may also punish him for his shameless exploitation.”
-Awise Agbaye Wande Abimbola