Black Spirituality Religion : Major components of the Yoruba Religion

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  1. Sekhemu

    Sekhemu Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    By IfasehunReincarnated:

    What the Yoruba Believe

    1. There is one Supreme God
    2. There is no Devil
    3. Except for the day you were born and the day you are supposed to die there is not a single event in ones life that cannot be forecast and if necessary, changed.
    4. Your spirit lives on after death and can reincarnate through blood relatives.
    5. You are born with a specific path. Divination serves as a road map to your path.
    6. Our ancestors must be honored, respected and consulted.
    7. The Orisa (forces of nature) live within us and deal with the affairs of men/women.
    8. You must never initiate harm to another human being or to the universe, which you are a part of.
    9. Spiritual, physical, mental and emotional realms of our existence must all work together and be balanced.
    10. Sacrifice guarantees success.

    What the Yoruba reject

    1. We are born in sin
    2. The European Civilizedl the African
    3. Jesus Christ is the only way to God.

    Now we come to what is called Adura: Prayer, Communion with Inner Spirit Divinities.

    Adura is the Yoruba word for prayer. Prayer is common among all people of color around the world. Adura is essential to the Yoruba. It is through Adura that we petition on behalf of others. It is through Adura that we give thanks for blessings seen and unseen. It is through Adura that we ask for peace, longevity, good health, children and prosperity. It is through Adura we communicate with Olodumare, the Orisa and the Ancestors. Adura is man talking to the spirit world.

    Dafa: Divination, direct communication with Divine wisdom.

    Like Adura, Dafe is also essential to the Yoruba. Dafa is the process of divination used by priest/priestess of Ifa. Ifa is the script of Olodumare as given to Orunmila, his prophet. Within the 256 Odus of Ifa are the 360 degrees of wisdom, knowledge and understanding of the universe.

    Ifa is complete, and within the Ifa system is the resolution to all of life's problems and the answers to all questions. Ifa says. the only thing in life that cannot be changed the day on which we come earth is the appointed time we are to leave. Everything else can be altered with the proper sacrifice and obedience to the guidance of Ifa.

    The Yoruba rely on divination to guide there lives. Divination is done before a baby comes into the world. Divination is done so that man might know his destiny. Divination is made before any major or life affecting decision is made.

    As Yoruba, we go to Ifa for direction on what to do, what not to do and the proper sacrifice that must be made.

    Ebo: Sacrifice to Spirit world.

    Ebo is the Yoruba word for sacrifice. Sacrifice is a major component in this religion and all of the major religions around the world. Without sacrifice, nothing is accomplished. We pray, we divine, we sacrifice. The proper sacrifice needed is always determined by the priest/priestess in divination.

    In Ifa, we go for a reading and and a Babalawo (Father of Secrets) will consult Ifa (Orunmila) on our behalf. Ifa will speak through the Ikin (palm nuts) or Opele (divining chain) We are taught tht the sacrifice is only half of being obedient to the counsel of Ifa; the second half is; doing or not doing, what we are told.

    The Ase of sacrifice is strengthened with a "clean heart and righteous intentions." Sacrifice guarantees success, only when we do what we are told.

    In Adura, man speaks to the spirit realm. In Dafa, the spirit realm speaks to man. In Ebo, we make an offering to either Orisa or Ancestors (Egun) who interceed with Olodumare or Orisa on our behalf. These are the most important components in the Yoruba system of religious beliefs.
     
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    I-khan Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I have been told of amazing things being done by our peoples using our spiritual systems, I cannot wait until I experience it myself.
     
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    Sekhemu Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    No need to wait brotha.

    Reach out to a traditional Black African healer/Priest/Priestess/diviner

    Priests/Priestess are here to serve our people as healers first and foremost.

    To help us re-align ourselves to the higher self residing in the presence of Olodumare.

    Be not deceived.

    If someone tells you what or what is not Yoruba, Akan, Khosa, or any other Traditional African religion, without the experience of being involved in any of their respective rituals, then they are lying young brotha.

    Prayer to Esu!


    Ogunda L'Awo Alagba

    Iwori Ti A L'Agbha Lu'Pese SI

    Ogun Kuro Ni Ogun Ayoda

    E Duro E Ki Esu

    Eni Duro Ki Esu

    Esu Ni Yo Tun Tiwon Se

    E Duro , E Ki Esu

    Ogunda Iwori
     
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