Black Spirituality Religion : Iya Mi Aje Oshoronga-Afrikan Feminine Empowerment

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    For the Anago Ifa' Orisa devotee. everything that we are, were, and will be is enshrined in the holy Oracle of Ifa. Our doubts, questions, and unsureties are clarified in the sacred Odu which constitute the foundation of Ifa. And so, we strive to search through the debris of our ancestral memories embedded and buried deep in the subconciousness of our past. While in the dream state we are told that during the primal period of our cultural develompmen, ancient Afrikan elders carefully monitored and developed the indigenous system of Ifa ethics and paid close attention to every major activity and social bahavior in their world. From this analogy a sophisticated, foolproof, pragmatic framework was developed from which their descedants could live and use as a basis to create wonderful "civilized" societies and maintain peaceful existence within the community should they choose. To date, Ifa is one of the few classic religions retentions of our ancient past and is preserved as a viable cornerstone of continental Afrikan ethics. Its holy scriptures have survived as the most "in tact" despite the cultural genocide that has either destroyed, devestated or contaminated most other Afrikan traditional religious systems.

    In societies where the patriarchal nature of western ethics predominate, the issue of femininity empowerment and the role of women are constantly being discussed and "fussed" over. The importance of women in western societies is often underestimated, legally restrained and socially controlled to their detriment. However, the ancient Yoruba although gender specific in their cultural format, were extremely considerated of women and their welcomed importance as mothers to the 'balance' of society.

    In this article, we shall reveal the traditional Ifa perspective of how ancient Afrika speaks with regards to the issue of feminitiy and offer it as an optional position thta Afrikan people can resurrect as we approach the 21st century. We shall use date presented in the Odu's Osa Meji and Oshe'Tura to support our position on the issue of feminity. Let us then observe what Ifa says about one of the most controversial issues of the nineties.


    The Orisa who is the embodiment of feminity from the Anago perspective is Oshun. Ancient Babalawos whisper even in today's Orisa temples, that Orisa Osun continues to have a prominant position of enormous wealth and honor among the Irunmole. Bu when we study... the Oracle also tells s in Oshe'Ture, that in primordial times, it did not start out that way. Quite the contrary, the Irunmole did not welcome the participation of Osun in the creation of the world, nor did they respect her special 'gifts'. Ifa teaches that in the beginning of the creation of the world, when the first "team" of Irunmole were sent to design and prepare the world for habitation, Osun was commissioned to walk with equal standing among the Irunmole. The aura of the sacred Orisa was so infused with Iwa Pele caused Olodumare to be especially pleased with her that she was given the "bearded crown" which entitled her as an honored Elder among them. Indeed, our blessed mother was futher provided with the enterage necessary to complete her court and compliment her Ase. But, after the Irunmole had given salutations to Ifa, Orunmila noticed that they shunned and ignored Oshun. He asked why none of them wanted to deal with Osun, and they replied, "it is because she is Female". Orunmila then warned them, "Don't even go there, unless you want your very words (Ase) to perish!" He further told them... if they judge her feminine nature as a weakness, or strange, or something to avoid and ignore. She is extremely powerful and has a devoted entourage of powerful Irunmole followers who answer only to her. Once this was revealed, the Irunmole thanked Orunmila and started to consult with Osun. It was at this point, that their work made progress.

    The Oracle Osa Meji is one of the senior Odu Ifa that dictates the correct protocol that all must use when approaching totality of feminity. Ase is an Afrikan expression that has a number of generic uses, but its fundamental meaning is, the abilitiy to make something happen. More specifically, Ase is that expressed ability when executed, causes a significant, noticeable, and changeable impact upon this subject or the object of its direction. The concept of gender, being the second law of the universe, exists fo the purpose of seriality, i.e., order. It is the other part of the "formula" needed for appropiate maintenance the balancing of energy. This is the reason why the Afrikan ethics are gender specific and the world is always considered according to two primary genders; female and male. These two genders must ideally operate at certain frequencies with each other in order for the operation of world order. According to tradition, everything has a predetermined social hierarchy in Afrika and is arranged in a strata according to their chronological coming into existence. And a human being is defined according to his/her level of behavorial attributes (iwa Pele)

    The mandated law that was given to Iya Mi Aje Oshoronga by Oludumare in the beginning of creation enshrined in the sacred Odu, Osa Meji says "Your Ase shall be to sustain the world... that Ase shall be a bird contained in a covered calabash. Exercise your Ase with caution!
     
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