African Traditional Religion : The 16 Truths of Ifa

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  1. Tribal_House

    Tribal_House Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    The 16 Truths of Ifa

    1. This is a benevolent Universe
    2. You need have no fear
    3. There is a single Creative Force ( God )
    4. There is no Devil
    5. It is your birthright to be joyful, successful and loved
    6. Heaven is “home” and Earth “the marketplace.” We are in constant passage between the two
    7. You are part of the Universe in a literal, not figurative way
    8. Character determines outcome
    9. Supremacy is evil
    10. You must never initiate harm to another human being
    11. You must never harm the Universe of which you are a part
    12. There can be no discrimination
    13. Diversity is the hallmark of the Oludumare’s ( God’s) creation
    14. You select your Destiny and Guardian Orisa
    15. Divination provides the road map to your Destiny
    16. Balance, growth and wisdom are your goals.
     
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    this was copied and pasted from the Ifa Foundation's website. They are not about African spirituality. They even call their invention "American Ifa" I don't know why I keep coming across their crap on this site!
     
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    Ika Ofun

    Translated by Obadele Kambon

    http://www.******************/forum...ources/36971-ika-ofun-yoruba-translation.html


    (sorry for the special characters)

    Ìká funfun
    Ìká Òfún

    A dífá fún àgbààgbà mêrindínlógún
    Wôn ñ relé Ifë wôn ñ læ rèé tæræ ogbó
    Àwæn lè gbó, àwæn lè tô bí Olódùmarè ti rán wæn dá Ifá sí
    Wôn ni wôn á gbó, wôn á tô «ùgbôn kí wôn pa ìkìlö mô
    Wôn ní kí wôn má fi esúrú pe esúrú
    Wôn ní kí wôn má fi esùrù pe esùrù
    Wôn ní kí wôn má fi odíd÷ pe ood÷
    Wôn ní kí wôn má fi ewé ìrókò pe ewé oriro
    Wôn ní kí wôn má fi àìmöwë bá wôn dé odò
    Wôn ní kí wôn má fi àìlókò bá wôn ké hàín-hàín
    Wôn ní kí wôn má gba èbùrú wælé Akálá
    Wôn ní kí wôn má fi ìkoód÷ nu ìdí
    Wôn ní kí wôn má «u sí epo
    Wôn ní kí wôn má tö sí àfö
    Wôn ní kí wôn má gba öpá l’ôwô afôjú
    Wôn ní kí wôn má gba öpá l’ôwô ogbó
    Wôn ní kí wôn má gba obìnrin ògbóni
    Wôn ní kí wôn má gba obìnrin örê
    Wôn ní kí wôn má sörö ìmúlë l’êhìn
    Wôn ní kí wôn má sànán ìbàntê awo
    Wôn délé ayé tán ohun tí wôn ní kí wôn má «e ni wôn ñ «e
    Wôn wá bërë síí kú
    Wôn fi igbe ta, wôn ní Örúnmìlà ñ pa wôn
    Örúnmìlà ní òun kô l’òun ñ pa wôn
    Örúnmìlà ní àìpa ìkìlö mô wæn l’ó ñ pa wôn
    Àgbà r÷ dæwô r÷
    Àgbà mi dæwô mi
    Àgbà kìí wí fún ni têlë kí ó tó kan ni


    Ika Ofun

    ENI DA ILE A BA ILE LO.
    Those who break the trust shall suffer.

    1. They (16 elders) walked to Ile Ife in order to request long life. Will we live as long as Olodumare (God) was their question to Ifa. They (the Babalawos) warned, do not call esuru ( a type of yam) esuru (Which means do not say what you do not know).
    2. They warned the elders, do not call esuru (the sacred stories) Esuru. (Which means do not do rites of which you do not have the basic knowledge).
    3. They warned them that odide (the parakeet) should not be called oode (murcielago). (Which means, never mislead the people. Do not send a person on a false road).
    4. They warned them not to say that the leaves of the Ceiba are leaves of the Oriro tree. (Which means never deceive the people).
    5. They warned them not to try to swim when they do not know how to swim. (Which means do not pretend to be wise when you are not).
    6. They warned them to be humble and never be egocentric.
    7. They warned them not to enter the house of AKALA (title of a chief in Ifa) with bad intentions. (Which means not to be false).
    8. They warned them not to use the feathers of Ikoode (sacred parrot's feathers) to clean their bottoms. (Which means not to break Taboo/Prohibitions).
    9. They warned them not to defecate in Epo (food for Ifa/Orisha). (Which means always keep the sacred instruments clean).
    10. They warned them that they should not urinate in Afo (the place where palm oil is made in Yorubaland). (Which means keep the Temple clean).
    11. They warned them not to take the blind man's cane. (Which means they should always respect those who are weaker and treat people well and with due respect).
    12. They warned them not to take an old man's cane. (Which means to respect the Elders and treat them well).
    13. They warned them not to go to bed with the wife of an Ogboni (title of a Politician/Judge). (Which means respect the moral laws).
    14. They warned them never to go to bed with the wife of a friend. (Which means not to betray a friend).
    15. They warned them not to be gossipers. (Which means never reveal secrets).
    16. They warned them not to disrespect, or ever go to bed with the wife of a Babalawo. (Which means respect those who occupy important positions).

    When the Elders arrived upon the Earth, they did exactly the things that they were forbidden to do. They began to die one after another. They screamed and accused Orunmila of assassinating them. Orunmila said that it was not him who was killing them. Orunmila said that the Elders were dying because they did not follow the Commandments Of Ifa. Your Eldership is your responsibility. My Eldership is my responsibility. Eldership does not tell a person ahead of time before it touches one.

    ~Qwamii~
     
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    In Ifa there are no "commandments." There is free will, and cause and effect. Your actions have consequences. But for priests, priestesses and elders there are taboos.

    Eewo (taboo) from Odu Ika Ofun:

    1. They advised them not to call a yam a yam that is they must not say what they do not know.
    2. They must not call special beads, special beads, that is they must not perform anything for which they do not have the basic knowledge.
    3. They must not call a parrot a bat, that is, they must not mislead people.
    4. They must not say iroko leaves are oriro leaves, that is, they must not deceive people.
    5. They must not try to swim if they are ignorant of swimming, that is, they must not claim wisdom they lack.
    6. They must be humble and never egocentric.
    7. They must not enter Akala´s house deceitfully, that is, they must not be treacherous.
    8. They must not use sacred feathers for cleaning after using the toilet, that is, they must not violate personal taboo.
    9. They must not defecate on sacred Ifá food, that is, they must not break taboo.
    10. They must not urinate inside the traditional factory for making palm oil, that is, keep sacred space clean.
    11. They must not take a walking stick form the blind, that is, to respect the weak, to respect the feeble and be nice to them.
    12. They must not take a walking cane from an old person, that is, to respect and be nice to the elderly.
    13. They must not take Ogboni’s wife, that is, to respect moral laws
    14. They must not take a friend’s wife, that is, not to betray a friend.
    15. They advised them not to go behind and discuss secrets, that is, not to betray trusts
    16. They must not disrespect the husband or wife of another person.
     
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    This should be on the wall of every household of evryone of African descent, and shared from generation to generation.
     
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    I have made a copy of this and will send it to a graphic artist to make into a plaque,
    and I encourage all readers here regardless of faith religion practice or secular humanism to do the same and share with family, friends and community!
     
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