APPEASEMENT OF OUR HEADS IN YORUBA LAND BY OLALEKAN ODUNTAN
PRIEST LUKUMON ADESANYA
In Yoruba tradition, there is a deity that is always
appeased almost on daily basis and that deity is called Ori (the Head). It is
believed that the head is the bringer of both good luck and bad luck. And whatever
someone will become in life, it is the head that would sanction it to be
accomplished. Once upon a time, some people visited Orunmila at his shrine.
Their mission was to know whether God existed or not. And they wanted Orunmila
to show them where God was.
THE APPEASED HEAD
Orunmila divined and told them that the birds cannot
fly without their heads, that the fishes sleep and wake up in the seas with
their heads, that the animals sleep and wake up in the jungle with their heads,
that the man that sleeps at night and hears the cock crow in the morning before
waking up is said to be woken up by God. Orunmila said that the head of man is
his God. Man cannot exist without his head likewise some other species of God. Our
heads must be appeased at all times to pave ways for us in all our
undertakings. The corpus of Ifa responsible for appeasing the head is ODI MEJI.
Before appeasing the head, an Ifa priest is consulted to know the appropriate
step and things to use. Most of the time catfish or guinea fowl is killed for
the appeasement with other things like water, kolanut and schnapps.
everything is always conducted by the Ifa priest. The night that the head is
appeased is always special for whom it is done as all the problems will be a thing
of the past.