Black Spirituality Religion : Another Profile in Black HRH Oba Adefunmi

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    In 1959, just before the Revolution, His Royal Highness Oba Adefunmi travelled to the matanzas region of Cuba to be initiated into the priesthood of Obatala.

    Upon his return to the U.S. he founded the Order of the Damballah Hwedo, then the Shango Ile, and later incorporated the African Theological Archminstry. That organization would come to be called the Yoruba Ile (Temple). His spiritual message was accented by a Black Nationalist message. Though his words rang true in the hearts of many progressive African-American, his stance drew large criticism within the ranks of Cuban priests. A new lineage of Orisa worship that placed Nigeria at it's core, but that was tailored for African-American was formed; Orisa-Vodun.

    In 1970, Oyotunji Village was created in Beaufort County, South Carolina. In 1972, Adefunmi was initiated into the Ifa priesthood, receiving rank of Babalawo and later that year was proclaimed Oba (King) of Oyotunji Village. It is noteworthy that in 1981 his status as King was recognized when Ooni of Ile-Ife arranged for formal coronation rites to be performed for Oba Ofuntola Oseijeman Adelabu Adefunmi.

    Over the years the number of residents at the village has fluctuated, probably hovering around 5-9 families for the last ten years. Despite this small contingent of residents, the lineage itself is felt throughout Africa and the Diaspora via a growing numbers of devotees, chiefs and priests. Oyotunji forever changed the face of Orisa worship in the west.