Black Spirituality Religion : Yoruba religious terms

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    Aba: the process of chanelling ase for the elevation of one's self

    Aboru, aboye, abosise: verbal salutations to high priest (may the offerings be accepted, may the offerings be carried, may the offerings bring about change.

    Adimu: food offerings.

    Adura: prayer

    Aiye: earth

    Ajagun: the benevolent angelic forces comprised of esu, ogun, osoosi, osun.

    Ajo inu: inner journey

    Ajogun: the negating entities

    Ajubona: spiritual teachers who assist the newly initiated to understand the basic fundamentals of the religion.

    Akifa: one who studies of the odu, but is not a babalawo

    Apere: fulfillment through spiritual knowledge, absortion into the divine spiritual essence.

    Apetibi: the wife or wives of the babalawo

    Arojinle: concentration

    Ase: the essence of nature and creative force which brings it about and directs it.

    Awe: fasting

    Awo; priest/mysteries

    Babalorisa: priest of the orisa

    Balaga: the state when spiritual consciousness first awakens.

    Bembes: religous gatherings held in order to honor the orisa.

    Da ma: the quieting of the senses and actions so that one can reach the state of contemplation/meditation

    Difa fun: to divine for

    Dobale: prostration as a religious form.

    Dundun: fried plantain

    Ebo: sacrificial offerings to the divinities.

    Ebo eje: blood offerings to the divinities

    Efun: the white chalk-like substance use for ritual purification

    Eleha: spiritual seclusion

    Emi: breath of life.

    Eni: straw mat

    Ese: verses of the sixteen odu.

    Etutu: rituals

    Ewe: spiritual herbs used for medicinal and spiritual purposes.

    Ewo: undesirable ways and habits that keep one earthbound and flesh inprisoned.

    Gba segbe: the act of initiating a disciple into the spiritual way of life

    Ibori: sacrifices made to the ori

    Idake roro: silence or non-talking for the purpose of spiritual progression.

    Ide: wristbeads worn by ifa devotees in order to avert death

    Ifa: the dimensions, which hold as light impressions, the totality of past, present, future ocurrences; the way of supreme wisdom; principles and virtuous living in accordance with the ultimate harmonious nature of beings; the essence of yoruba cultural wisdom and religiosity.

    Ifaiya: alignment; as being aligned with one's destiny

    Ifaromi: attachments to the illusions of the world.

    Igba: calabash

    Igbodu: the sacred grove or construct used for high priest initiation.

    Ikin: the sacred palmnuts which represent the wisdom of orunmila.

    Ikoso control, restraint

    Ile tawo lona: temple of the mystic path.

    Ile ife. Sacred city of the ifa religion in south west nigeria.

    Ilere ipin: witness of fate (another name for orunmila)

    Imo: knowkledge

    Imule: sacred oaths

    Iponri: innermost being of a person, where greed,lust desires, and other worldly hindrances don't exist.

    Isaro: meditation

    Isefa: ritual where by initiates are presented the one hand of orunmila.

    Ita divination performed for priestly initiates revealing the divine behavior, endeavors, and directives which need to be developed and maintained.

    Iwa laiye: a moral righteous way of life which maintains itself without regression.

    Iwa lewa: divine energy inherent in the beauty of nature.

    Iwuye: initiations, coronations

    Iyalorisa: priestess of the orisa.

    Iyanla: the great mother

    Iyawo: priestly initiates (to be humbled)

    Iyere: ifa chants

    Kekere awo: a newly initiated babalawo:

    Kekere oppn: small divining tray.

    Korin: chanting of divinities name for the purpose of purification.

    Merindilogun: 16 cowries used for divination.

    Oba: king and/or chief

    Obi abata: the kola nuts when used for divination.

    Ogbo ato: live long prosper in life (response of the babalawo to verbal salutation.
    Oni: religious head of the Yoruba culture.

    Onifa: those who have received the one hand of orunmila.

    Opele: the divining chain of the babalawo.

    Ori: the orisa of one's own consciousness.

    Oriki: praise songs.

    Oruko nro ni: one's name affects character and behavior.

    Sise awo: work which educate one in the way of the esoteric teachings.

    Ti lye. : physical and mental acts affects one's future incarnastions.
     
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