***Mistakes Are Portals of Discovery & Oxygen of Knowledge: Play A Wrong Note Is Insignificant – Play Without Passion Is Inexcusable…
Ayan/Anya was an Orisa worshiped by the Ancestors of the W/African people and thereby considered as the God of drum and music. Drums like Bata, Sekere, Sakara, and Gangan, Agahu, Dundun, Djembe etc… These Drums are used in religious worship and some are strictly attached to ritual and ceremonial events. In any case, it is traditionally compulsory to appease Ayan/Anya invented and endowed the drum with visible and invisible forces.
Drums among Africans are products carved from trees as one of the natural landmarks that as symbols through which they communicate spiritual forces. It is the belief of the W/African people that Drums therefore carry spiritual traits inherent in the tree they are made from and this makes their use important within the religious practices in which they feature within the community. The natural landmarks which Drums are made from are therefore identified as a form of symbolic ritual aesthetics in any ritual practices among the people within their environment.
Blood is not just Blood, it is a Sacred essence. Blood that flows to the breast to give Mother’s milk, Blood that flows to the testicles to bring the Sperm of life.
***Prayer is a form of communication with a Deity or other Spiritual being. Words addressed to a deity usually offer praise or seek guidance, blessing, forgiveness, fertility, victory, or protection. Like prayer, sacrifice is a form of communication with a deity for similar purposes. The word itself means “to make holy.” As distinct from prayer, sacrificial offerings include objects of value and symbolic significance that are given to the gods to earn their favor. The gifts can take many forms, becoming sacred themselves through ritual consecration. The Gods might be offered the most desirable foods or provided with the finest vessels, carvings, tools, and weapons. Historians, however, have often regarded blood sacrifice as the most powerful way to appease the Gods. It was not unusual for societies to engage in both animal and human sacrifice, although the historical trend has been toward a sharp reduction in the latter…
Cowrie-Shells Divinationrefers to several distinct forms of divination using Cowrie-Shells that are part of the rituals and religious beliefs of certain religions. Though best-documented in West Africa as well as in Afro-American religions, such as Santería, Candomblé, and Umbanda Cowrie-Shell Divination has also been recorded in other regions, notably East Africa and India etc..
In Santería: The Cowrie-Shells, called Dilogun, are used by Priests and Priestesses of Santería, who are called Santeros and Santeras, respectively. Both men and women who have been initiated into Santería can read Cowrie-Shells.
Father Of All Orishas & Humanity – The Orisha of Wisdom, Knowledge & Pureness. Epa Oosha Obatala Alasho Funfun. Obatalá “King of the White Cloth” and he represents peace, sober decision making, creativity, purity, and divination. The social role associated with him is that of an Elder or Sage and his elements or natural stages are the mountains, clouds, and palm trees. Some of the most distinctive features of Obatalá are the myth of creation that has been linked to him, the traditional offerings presented to him and the location of his supposed home, his “claim over individuals”, and the many associations with others Saints and Gods that he has received through time.
!!!Oshun Is The Energy of Attraction on All Levels…
**Oshun Is Depicted As The Goddess Who Not Only Gives Life But Also Takes It. Oshun Saves Earth From Destruction By Calling Back The Waters.
**Yèyé mi olówó aró – Yèyé mi ẹlẹsẹ osùn – Yèyé mi amoawomaro – Omi arinmasun na
==My mother with hands colored by dye – My mother with feet beautified with camwood – Who knows the secrets of the cults but does not reveal them. Flowing water without ceasing. May Osun continue to sustain, uplift, and shine her huge blessings upon us today and forever.
**Oore Yeye O! Omi O! Ota O! Eri O! Agba O! Oore Yèyẹ́ Osun ooooooo!!!
The Deities-Orishas… It is the view of Orunmila-Ifa that all things on earth, and in our entire universe, are conscious and alive. Everything possesses its own awareness and energy. These infinite, natural energies that comprise the universe are called Orishas. Each has its own specific function and its own myriad aspects, as well as its own unique name.
Iyemoja is motherly and strongly protective, and cares deeply for all her children, comforting them and cleansing them of sorrow. She is said to be able to cure infertility in Women, and cowrie shells represent her wealth. She does not easily lose her temper, but when angered she can be quite destructive and violent, as the flood waters of turbulent rivers. Iyemoja is often depicted as a mermaid, and is associated with the moon, water, and feminine mysteries. She is the protector of Women. She governs everything pertaining Women; childbirth, conception, parenting, child safety, love, and healing. She oversees deep secrets, ancient wisdom, the moon, sea shells, and the collective unconscious. According to myth, when her waters broke, it caused a great flood creating rivers and streams and the first mortal humans were created from her womb.
The belief in reincarnation is linked to the Yoruba Ancestor belief. In Yoruba religion it is thought that about two generations after death, every human soul has a chance to return to earth in the body of a newborn, mostly within the same family. The welfare of any family is entirely dependent on that of its Ancestors. Therefore, regular prayers are said and sacrificial gifts are laid in front of a special family shrine devoted to the Ancestors.
In traditional African societies, Twins were considered of preternatural origin and raised emotional reactions oscillating from fear and repugnance to hope and joy. In ancient times, the Yoruba used to reject and even sacrifice newborn Twins. Strangely enough, historical scales were tipped so that Twins are nowadays not only well accepted but welcomed, their birth being an occasion of great rejoicing. It is believed that Twins are able to bestow happiness, health and prosperity upon their family. However, since they can also bring about disaster, disease and death, they will be treated with all due respect, loving and care. Their upbringing is therefore far more permissive than that of other children.
** A Deity That Strikes Heavily. He Has Water At Home, But Bathes With Blood. He Has Clothes, But He Prefers Palm Fronds…
**Ogun, as historical figure, a fearsome warrior who fought constantly against the neighboring kingdoms. He made war against the city of Ara and destroyed it. He sacked and devastated many other states, seized the city of Ire, killed King, installed his own son on the throne and returned all glorious, even carrying him as Onire king of Ire but for reasons unknown to us, he never had the right to wear a crown, made of small beads of glass assembled, and decorated with fringes of beads conceal the face, symbolizing royalty among the Yoruba.
ESHU…Beware of Half Truth; You May Have Gotten Hold of The Wrong Half…Trickster = Gatekeeper = Guardian of the Crossroads = Lord of Chaos = Controller of Ashe
TRICKSTER AT THE CROSSROADS:West Africa’s God of Messages, Sex, and Deceit. When we think of tricksters, we generally imagine folk characters and culture heroes, not Gods. Tricksters either tend to be associated with animal spirits , or are promethean figures, archetypal “humans” who interact with and upset the world of the Gods. But one of the world’s greatest and most interesting trickster figures is not only a God, but a God of high metaphysical content. He is Esu-Elegbara, one of the Orisha, the West African deities that are worshiped in many related forms across African and the African diaspora in the New World.