Friday, 6 May 2016

OBITUN : PUBERTY INITIATION CEREMONY IN ONDO KINGDOM By Victor Akinkuolie

During the dance, they stop at intervals in some important places like in the houses of their relations where they would be offer congratulatory messages and gift. They would also stop at some important shrines, such as Ogun lei, and Ogun Aisero in Ododibo and Odojomu respectively.

In the late evening, each Obitun returned to her own home where her parents would sacrifice a fowl to her guardian spirit. The maiden is now fully initiated and ready for marriage and the demands and privileges of adulthood.

If she was not yet earmarked for any spouse, her parents bore the full cost of this expensive ceremony. However a girl whose future husband was already known would expect the fiancé's family to bear part of the cost.
In its purely traditional form Obitun has been edged out by such performing group are called Obitun cultural troupes. And they do the dancing without the accompanying rites since their dances are now merely for entertainment.

*Culled from www.thehopenewspaper.com

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