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To Walk Gracefully in the World

The meji odu of IfáIrete mejicarries to us the meaning of good fortune being caused by the activity of te, to press or shape hardly, as a sculptor shapes clay and rock or a blacksmith shapes iron. The idea of ‘pressing your own good fortune’ challenges us in terms of character, as this activity can make some people become stubborn and selfish in their pursuit for power in order to accomplish their goals. A distorted sense of how to walk in this world can arise and arrogance and destruction for personal gain can rise from the forging of our character in Irete meji. This causes this odu to form a pattern that, when afflicted, gives birth to spirits known as elenini. These spiritual forms and rays are born from a specific self serving activity that in the west is often understood as the power behind sorcery, viewed as a negative engagement with the world, where nature is attempted to be bend to the egoistical will of the sorcerer. Baba Falokun comments that these spirits, elenini bars …

A Coroa de Ferro

To read this text in English, click here. Ifá conta em vários odus sobre a descida das forces espirituais à Terra. Estes contos, geralmente da família de Ogunda,Ogbe e Ofun, falam sobre o desejo das forças espirituais em se juntar com a matéria, em fazer estradas na Terra.
As estradas na Terra foram feitas por Tobi Ode, cujo nome significa ‘o caçador que possui grande habilidade’. Antes de Tobi Ode e sua bem-sucedida abertura de estradas na Terra (Ikole Aye), houve outras tentativas de se limpar o terreno nas vastidões silvestres para a passagem espiritual. Ikole Orun (o reino divino) tinha o desejo de se mesclar com Ikole Aye (o reino da Terra visível e invisível). A primeira tentativa foi feita por Obatala, o Rei das roupas brancas e sonhos. Ele fez um cutelo de prata (àdá fadàkà), o metal da lua, para cortar seu caminho através da vegetação terrestre, mas a lâmina de prata se entortou e foi destruída. O senhor dos sonhos usou sonhos para cortar através da matéria e assim abriu uma vi…

The Crown of Iron

Para ler este texto em Português, clique aqui.
Ifá speak in several odu’s about the descent of spiritual forces on earth. These tales, often from the family of Ogunda, Ogbe and Ofun, speaks about the desire for spiritual forces to join with matter, to make roads on earth.
The roads on earth were made by Tobi Ode, whose name means ‘the hunter who possesses great skill’. Prior to Tobi Ode and his successful opening of the roads on earth (Ikole Aye), there were other attempts of clearing the earthly wilderness for spiritual passage. Ikole Orun (the divine realm) had a desire to merge with Ikole Aye (the realm of earth visible and invisible). The first attempt was made by Obatala, the King of the white cloth and dreams. He made a cutlass of silver (àdá fadàkà), the metal of the moon, to cut his way through the earthly vegetation, but the silver blade got bent and destroyed. The lord of dream used dreams to cut through matter and thus opened a particular road for ingress between humans and …