Seere * Sheere = The Voice Of Shango…
“No-One Can Speak On Behalf Of Shango Olukoso”
Seere A Small Gourd Had No-One To Serve, No-One To Attach Herself To. Two Other Kinds Of Gourd, Igba & Akingbe Were Serving Oya & Odo Respectively. Seere Consulted Ifa & Ose Meji Appeared.
**She Performed The Sacrifice Required Of Her**
Ifa (Ose-Meji) Made Her Medicine & Told Her To Go As Soon As She Had Eaten It To A Shango Shrine. When She Reached The Shrine, She Threw Herself Down In Reverence To Say: “Hail To You Shango” All The Seeds In Her Stomach Rattled Loudly. Shango Heard The Noise & Was Overwhelmed By It. Shango Called Out In Glee: Bring Out The Bata Drums, I Will Dance Round My Realm. Seere Will Go Before Me She Will Make Noise.
==Seere Saka Siki – Seere Siki Saka “Ose Ose Ose” ==
Ever Since Then Seere Has Been Used As The Voice In The Worship Of Shango.
Shango God Of Thunder & Lightning – His name appears to be derived from shan, “to strike violently,” and go, “to bewilder;” and to have reference to peals of thunder, which are supposed to be produced by violent blows. He has the epithet of Jakuta, “Hurler of stones,” or “Fighter with stones”; and stone implements, which have long ceased to be used in West Africa, are believed to be his thunderbolts.
Shango creates thunder and lightning by casting “thunder stones” down to earth; wherever lightning strikes, priests search the surrounding area for the thrown stone. The Yoruba believe these stones have special powers, and they enshrine the stones in temples to the god. He usually goes armed with a club called Oshe, made of the wood of the Ayan tree, which is so hard that a proverb says, “The Ayan tree resists the axe.” In consequence of his club being made of this wood, the tree is sacred to him.
The priests and followers of Shango wear a wallet, emblematic of the plundering propensities of their lord, and the chief priest is called Mogba, “The Receiver.” As amongst the Ewe tribes, a house struck by lightning is at once invaded and plundered by the disciples of the god, and a fine imposed on the occupants, who, it is held, must have offended him.
Persons who are killed by lightning may not, properly speaking, be buried; but if the relations of the deceased offer a sufficient payment, the priests usually allow the corpse to be redeemed and buried. Individuals rendered insensible by lightning are at once dispatched by the priests, the accident being regarded as proof positive that Shango requires them. A common idea is that Shango is subject to frequent outbursts of ungovernable temper, during which he thumps and bangs overhead, and hurls down stones at those who have given him cause for offence.
Koso is a suburban district of Oyo, one of the holiest places of the city because it was the place where Sango laid his power, his Ashe. For this reason, one of the titles is Oba koso Shango – king of Koso. No king in Oyo is installed without performing all the rites of coronation inside the temple of Shango in Koso.
After the coronation of the king, he can never join the community until his death. Therefore, the connection between Koso and the Alaafin is both spiritual and political. The Alaafin should regularly perform traditional rites for their direct Ancestor (Shango), which inherited his crown. This crown was passed from generation to generation, under the protection of the high-priest of Shango, the Mogba Koso, who is the supreme head of Koso , plays a crucial role in the royal succession , since he is the custodian of the Ancestral crown of Shango and responsible for the coronation of the new king.
During the selection of the new king , the Ancestral crown is returned to him to be kept at the shrine of Shango in Koso. Only he has the authority to keep the belongings of Shango. After the enthronement of the new king by receiving Sango crown, it is prohibited for any Alaafin to get back into Koso , because Alaafin and Sango should not see twice in a lifetime . Mogba has the responsibility to perform the necessary rites between the two entities .
Mogba Koso is the one who crowns the Alaafin with the mythical crown of Shango, the Alaafin shall be considered Shango possessing supernatural and spiritual powers that confirmed him as head of the Yoruba. The Fourth Day of World Shango Festival is about casting the Erindilogun (16 cowries) in Koso in the morning time and the Arugba Shango will proceed into the palace in the afternoon.