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ANNUAL IFA READING FROM OKE ITASE 2016-2017 (UPDATED: Posted on 6/9/2016) OBARAIRETE IFA OF THE YEAR 2016/2017 FROM OKE-ITASE, ILE-IFE, OSUN STATE, NIGERIA. Eriwo ya! We greet you all in the name of Olodumare, Orunmila and all other Orisa. We also extend the greetings of Araba Agbaye to you all in this season of the World Ifa Festival. We, the members of Ethics and Scripture Committee of the International Council for Ifa Religion, are hereby presenting verses of the Ifa of the year recited with inspiration by the priests on the mat in the early hour os Sunday, 5th June, 2016, which stands as the first day of the year in Ifa calendar system. The odu Ifa that came out for this year is OBARAIRETE. The odu came with Ire Aiku, long life and ebo is recommended to acquire it. Ifa Priests from Nigeria, Republic of Benin, Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, Germany, United States of America, Brazil, Venezuela and Cuba were all there and made their contributions. The verses of OBARAIRETE recited with their narratives are as follows: 1. Ifa says everybody should take good care of his or her childchildren or family (spiritual/biological) before considering teddy or toys. This is because, this year, one’s relation to human being will yield profits than ones relations with teddy or toys. It is said that the future will be determined by the quality of the human beings/resources. To make the future promising for one’s children or relatives, Ifa has recommended ebo with 4 rats, 4 fish, 4 hens, kola nuts, pap, palm oil, gin and money. After the ebo, Ifa will be appeased. On this, Ifa says: Benu ni won pe oka Benu n laa pe ere A difa fun Alaso dudu janjan oke apa To fomo tie sile laipon To n pon molubi oni molubi kiri Awogingi o se gbaragada ka fi rina damodun Omo eni ni dingi eni Benu is the name we call cobra Benu is the name we call python Ifa revelation to the owner of black cloth on the hill of Apa Who left her child uncared for And was caring for another person’s child Mirror cannot be large for one to see the future One’s child is one’s mirror for the future 2. This year, many barren will become parents. They should not be too conscious of their dressing or beauty. Ifa says the barren should not look at the mirror. Any woman who is longing for a child need to make ebo with 4 rats, 4 fish, 4 hens, a goat, kola nuts, gin, palm oil, pap and money. On this, Ifa says: E ku ana E ku oni Aifeniiki ni e ku ijeta o se kira eni E ku ana lo dun adunju A difa fun Adeyokun To n moju ekun sogbere omo Awojiiji o se feregede Ka fi rina amodun Omo eni ni jingi eni How was yesterday How was today It is in attempt not to greet that we say “how was day before yesterday” is not good to say However, how was yesterday is better Ifa revelation to Adeyokun When longing for children The mirror cannot be large enough For one to see the future through it One’s child is one’s mirror 3. There is fortune for immigrants this year. People who are planning to travel from one place to the other for work or businesses will prosper. The Ifa/Orisa priests who travel to another city/country to do their work need to make ebo to profit over their spiritual job. Ifa has advised inhabitants of each place to trust the outsiders/foreigners who come to their place. This is because, all that the strangers do for the inhabitants will be effective. Ebo to make by anybody who intends to travel includes 16 pigeons, honey, gin, kola nuts, palm oil and money. A goat will also be sacrificed to Ifa. On this, Ifa says: Ibinni nile aje Irada nile omokun Ibi o gbe sunwon la n boyinde A difa fun Orunmila Baba n sawo rode Eto Gege Alade, o de rere! Obararete, abisawo jingbinni Ibini is the home of wealth Irada is the home of valuable beads It is in a comfortable place that we find oyinde beads Ifa revelation to Orunmila When he was going to the City of Eto Gege Alade, you are welcome! Obararete the successful priest 4. Still about the travelers, Ifa says they will be successful wherever they go. Also, they will return safely. Ogun should be appeased before embarking on the journey for a safe return which Ifa has promised. The items to sacrifice are a dog, 3 cocks, palm oil, kola nuts, gin, pap and money. Ogun will be appeased with the dog. On this, Ifa says: Afebo riru boju iku Afetutu barun mole A difa fun Orunmila Baba n sawo relu Etomini Awa yun rere Awa bo rere A yin Obara A yin Irete He who uses ebo to cover death He who uses rituals to cover disease Ifa revelation to Orunmila When he was going to the City of Etomini We have gone well We have returned well We praise Obara We give appreciation to Irete 5. For those who are longing for wives, Ifa says they should be generous. Those who are generous to people will find good wives while those who are stingy may find it difficult to find good wives, if not find wives at all. Also, single men should always have food at home. Besides home, they should always give food to those who visit them in their places of work. Ebo to be made by anybody who is longing for a wife includes 4 pigeons, honey, eggs, gin, kola nuts and money. On this, Ifa says: Yangi abori kugu A difa fun Olobara To n lo ree dako si eba ona Ebo ni won ni o se O gbebo nibe o rubo Ero Ipo, ero Ofa Aya wa wole to wa beerere Yangi abori kugu Cast Ifa for Olobara Who was going to have a farm beside the road He was advised to make ebo He complied All and sundry Many wives have come to marry us in our house 6. It is forbidden for any woman who is longing for a child to adorn her buttocks with beads. Ifa says the beads will prevent her from getting pregnant. Any woman in this situation should sacrifice 4 rats, 4 fish, 4 hens and money. After the ebo, if she has beads on her waist, she will remove it and put it on Esu. On this, Ifa says: Pankere teere awo inu igbo Eesun wowo awo egi A difa fun Olasunmisokun To n moju ekun sogbere omo Ebo ni won ni ko se O ko bee ni ko ru Opolopo ileke ni ko je ki Olasunmisokun o bimo Pankere teere awo inu igbo Eesun wowo awo egi Cast Ifa for Olasunmisokun When longing for children She was asked to make ebo She refused Too much adornment of beads made Olasunmisokun infertile 7. Still on the issue of child bearing, the barren need to make ebo with 4 fish, 4 rats, 4 hens and a goat. The goat will be sacrificed to Ifa. Any woman who is longing for a child should always stay or live in a cool place. She should not expose herself to heat or hot weather too much. This is because heat or hot weather can lead to miscarriage. On this, Ifa says: Eda omo odo ni foju joke Adifa fun Esin-in Ti n re isale abata Ti n lo ree kanrile omo ni bibi Eropo tofa E bani ni wowo omo Eda omo odo ni foju joke Cast Ifa for Esin-in Who was going to the swampy area In order to become the parent of many children All and sundry Come and meet us amidst children 8. Ifa warns married women against adultery. There is danger in involving in extra marital affair because, when the secret is exposed, this may lead to the woman being put out of the marital home. Also, married women should be careful not to play too much with men in a place where they fetch, sell or buy water. This is because; their husband may take it to be something that it is not. On the other hand, men should also cease from playing too much with married women. On this, Ifa says: Benu ni won pe oka Benu n laa pe ere A difa fun Aasemoga mogamoga Ti saya Agbonmireguin Aase mogamoga oo seni Aase mogamoga oo seniyan Aase mogamoga! Emi lo wodo wa doko se? Benu is the name we call cobra Benu is the name we call python Ifa revelation to Aase mogamoga Who was a wife of Orunmila Aase mogamoga you are not good Aase mogamoga you are not humane Aase mogamoga! Why have you come to the river to commit adultery? 9. Obarairete warns married women to be humble and submissive to the husband. If they are not, this may lead to divorce. Also, there might be regret after such divorce and this may lead such woman to living in abject poverty for long. Furthermore, it may be difficult to get any good husband after the divorce. On the other hand, Ifa has promised any woman who is humble and submissive happiness and profits. On this, Ifa says: Orunmila ni bojumo ba ti mo Keni o maa ki oko eni Obirin ti oo ba bosi ku Bo ba ti ji Wiworoko ni maa woroko oju soko Obirin ti oo ba boro ku Bo ba ti ji Owo pete owo pete ni maa n te soko A difa fun Birawo aya Orunmila Eyi to ko Ifa sile to loun o fefa mo Birawo Lilo lo n lo O ko nii ku O ko nii run Sugbon o ko nii ribi ire fidi ka O ko si nii ribi kan a a gbe Aya fi bo o ba pada to o fefa Orunmila said when it is morning Let us greet our husbands The woman that will die wretched When she wakes up She frowned at the husband The woman that will live and die comfortably When she wakes up She greets the husband with humility Ifa revelation to Birawo, a wife of Orunmila Who discarded Ifa and said she would never return to Ifa Birawo! You are going away You will not die You will not fall sick However, you will not find a comfortable home to settle You will never find a suitable place to live Unless you come back to settle with Ifa 10. This year, there will be a lot of wars against many countries. The army of each country will surely overpower the rebels. Ebo should be made to ensure the victory. The items to sacrifice are 3 he-goats, 3 cocks, palm oil, gin, pap and money. On this, Ifa says: Ela pinpin A difa fun enlojo eso Won n rogun Ojonlo Ebo lawo ni won o se Won rubo Ebo da Nje awa yun o Awa bo A ti segun Ojonlo Ela pin-in Cast Ifa for 162 warlords They were going to the war of Ojonlo They were advised to make ebo They made the recommended ebo Their ebo was accepted Behold, we have gone We have returned We have won the war of Ojonlo 11. For long life and sickness, ebo needs to be made with 3 cocks, 3 big rats, one’s used cloth, palm oil, a club and money. On this, Ifa says: Obara reterete A difa fun Oka, omo elewu pabo Won ni ko fi ewu re rubo nitori iku O fi eti otun gbebo O fi tosi da nu Igba aitebo Igba aiteru E ko rifa awo ki bo ti n se Obara reterete Cast Ifa for Oka, one with deadly cloth He was advised to sacrifice its cloth against death He heard the recommended ebo with its right ear It threw away the advice through the left ear Failure to make ebo Refusal to make rituals Don’t you see the manifestation of the Ifa recited by the priest 12. For safety, business people who travel every day to their place of work or shops, there is a need to sacrifice a he-goat, palm oil, a calabash, a clay plate, a big rat and money. On this, Ifa says: Paafaa teere A difa fun Ologbo Ti n rebi atokedoke Ebo lawo ni ko se O rubo ebo re da Kin lo yo Ologbo ninu ibi? Igba epo atawo eje Lo yo Ologbo ninu ibi Pafaa teere Cast Ifa for Ologbo, the cat When travelling around He was advised to make ebo He complied and his ebo is accepted What has rescued Ologbo, the cat, from evil? A calabash of palm oil and a plate of blood Are the things which rescued Ologbo, the cat from evil 13. This odu seriously warns against divorce. It warns especially the wives of Ifa/Orisa priests not to consider divorce this year. On this, Ifa reiterates: Yangi abori kugu A difa fun Barawe Ti saya Orunmila Eyi to n sagidi osi soko re Barawe! Bo ba ko Orunmila sile Boya lo le roko rere fe mo Yangi abori kugu Cast Ifa for Barawe Who was a wife of Orunmila Who was being stubborn to her husband Barawe! If you divorce Orunmila It is uncertain for you to get another husband 14. Sanponna should be appeased so that there will be no disease. Also, anybody that is travelling should be careful of what he eats or drinks. The hygiene of the place one travels to should also be taken into consideration. The ebo to make here include banana, palm oil, snails, shea butter, paps, boiled corn, pop corn and money. On this, Ifa says: Obara oo rote Mo rote n o sa Mo maro lowo mi otun Mo mu aaja lowo mi osi Mo papo o ro janganjangan Eru o bodo Eni ti yoo wodo lominu n ko A difa fun Orunmila Baba n sawo rode Igodo A difa fun Esu Odara To n sawo rode Ajahunnagi Won ni won o rubo Ki won o ma baa se pade ajunilo Esu Odara iwo lo seni Esu Odara iwo lo seniyan O ko ba ti febo Sanponna sunna Obara, do not you see conspiracy I see conspiracy but I do not panic I hold musical rattle in my right hand I hold Orisa rattle in my left hand I combined them to make melodious sound The river does not panic Those who want to step into the river are the ones to panic Ifa revelation to Orunmila When he was going to the City of Igodo Ifa revelation to Esu Odara When he was going to the city of Ajannagi They were told to make ebo for them not to meet a mightier force Esu Odara, you have not acted well Esu Odara, you have not done good at all You should not have postponed making the ebo of Sanponna till the next day 15. This year, Opele should be used often when making ebo especially for the sick. Ifa has confirmed the effectiveness of making ebo with Opele throughout this year. This does not mean we should not use Ikin and Ifa tray to divine or make ebo. But whenever ebo is to be done for a sick person, Opele is advisable. Also, those who are sick should sacrifice a he-goat, a big rat, palm oil, pap and money. On this, Ifa says: Iroke o ku mofe Irukere odo yere Patako o ku ijokoo laafin oba Ota inu omi ni o dekun gbedegbede ni ririn A difa Opele To n sawo rele Onitagi Opele awo ile Onitagi A difa fun Onitagi to n sogboogbo arun Ti n nara kaka alailedide Opele ti o niye A si gbonra sebo A si fese mejeeji te e Ifa tapper, I greet you “mofe” Horse tail I salute you “odo yeere” Stool, I greet you as you sit in the palace The stone inside the water does not stop being wet Ifa revelation to Opele Who was going to the house of Onitagi Opele, the priest in the City of Itagi Cast Ifa for the king of Itagi when he was sick When he was unable to stand up Opele, who has no Ifa powder Just shake its body on the ebo And place its two feet on the ebo 16. For long life, we need to make sacrifice with 3 cocks, a chick, palm oil, pap and money. After making the ebo, we will leave the chick in a place where hawk will carry it. On this, Ifa says: Ajikoro dide Okunrun eko o tepa A difa fun Orunmila Nijo irere n ge gbogbo ori Irunmole kaye Asa lo gbawo ladiye lo Gbogbo ajogun ibi E rokeere fefe e lo ree se si si Okere fefe ibi fo To wake up healthy A sick earth worm employs walking stick to be able to walk Ifa revelation to Orunmila When Irere, death was beheading all Irunmole It is hawk that has carried away priest’s fowl All evil forces Go to a very far place to fight Evil forces have flew afar 17. Ifa has assured all his followers of victory. We need to make ebo with a he-goat, 3 cocks, palm oil, 3 big rats, pap and money. On this, Ifa says: Agbo gboro ija ko motakomotako A difa fun Okanrairai Ti n wofa Olojo ibon Omo arapa eran segun Nijo ti n be lagbatemo ogun aye Ebo ni won ni o wa se Awa yun re Awa bo re Awa lomo Olobara to sete The ram hears fighting and it is inclined Ifa revelation to Okanrairai Who was the priest in the household of Olojo Ibon He who conquered enemies with animal arm When he was amidst enemies He was advised to make ebo We have gone well We have returned well We are the children of Olobara who is always victorious 18. Still on victory over enemies, Ifa has assured his followers that no enemy will have power over them. Ebo should be made with 2 hens, 2 guinea fowls, 2 pigeons, kola nuts, honey and money. After the ebo, Osun, Oba, Olokun, Olosa and Yemoja will be appeased. On this, Ifa says: Obara reterete awo Omi A difa fun Omi lojo ti Omi n be larin ota Ebo ni won ni o se O gbebo o rubo E baa bu u siwa Ki e bu u seyin A ki i ri ipa ogbe ana lara omi Obara reterete the priest of Omi Cast Ifa for Omi, the water When it was amidst enemies It was advised to make ebo It complied Whether you fetch water in front Whether you fetch water from the back Water will never feel the impact 19. This year, we should make sure we greet our Ifa/Orisa every morning. And when we are doing this, we need to put our head down to touch the ground. In essence, those who are fond using the hand to touch the ground then touch the head should cease. Therefore, we should always kneel down and use our heads to touch the ground. On this, Ifa says: Abere ni fi toju timu sise A difa fun Foribale Ti somo bibi inu Agbonniregun Awa fori bale loni awa o ku mo ObaraIrete! Ori a gbo ke It is the needle that works with both eyes and nose Ifa revelation to Foribale, Who is a true child of Agbonniregun We have touched the ground with our heads today ObaraIrete! The head is strong 20. Anyone rearing animals or keeping live stock should sacrifice one of each of the animals in his possession. Besides the animal(s), he will add a big rat, palm oil, gin and money to the items of ebo. It is advisable to do this to prevent death. On this Ifa says: Popondo ni so bi adaasa bi adaasa Amoniloju ara won ni won n se A difa fun Olohunku Won ni o sebo saiku ara re Igba aisebo Igba aiteru A je eran yii dun Olohunku Osomusomu! A jeyi dun Olohunku Popondo ni so bi adaasa bi adaasa Those who glance at us with disdain are but deceiving their selves Ifa revelation to Olohunku, the-owner-is-dead He was told to offer ebo against death Failure to make ebo Refusal to make the recommended rituals We ate this animal in the absence of the owner Very delicious! We ate this in the absence of the owner 21. To fortify ourselves against the enemies, we need to sacrifice 3 cocks, 3 big rats, palm oil, yam, corn and beans. When we do the ebo, an akose will be made with soap for the person to bathe. On this, Ifa says: Okuta la kooro la ma seje A difa fun Ota-ko-raya-mi-mu, omo Olofin Lojo to n be laarin ota Ebo ni won ni ko se Isu nawo nawo ko le fi mu oloko Aya mi a pogaara A sun siwaju kooroko Agbado nawo nawo ko le fi mu oloko Aya mi a pogaara A sun siwaju kooroko Awuje nawo nawo ko le fi mu oloko Aya mi a pogaara A sun siwaju kooroko Stone cracks without shedding blood Ifa revelation to Ota-ko-raya-mi-mu, enemy-cannot-reach-me, a child of Olofin When he was amidst enemies He was advised to make ebo Yam stretches its stem but cannot reach the farmer My chest has moved afar from the reach of evil forces My chest has gone afar from the enemies The maize stretches its stem but cannot reach the farmer My chest has moved afar from the reach of evil forces My chest has gone afar from the enemies The beans stretches its stem but cannot reach the farmer My chest has moved afar from the reach of evil forces My chest has gone afar from the enemies 22. This odu says there is conspiracy and wars in the world. Ifa says people are waging war against the authority in the world. This can be the authority in the respective countries. The leader will surely achieve his mission. It is recommended that the leader of each community, state, country or organization should make ebo with a ram, 7 big rats, 7 pigeons, palm oil, pap and money. Each king in Yoruba land should also make this ebo. And the kings should never turn against Yoruba tradition and Ifa/Orisa. Any king who turns against the Orisa, Oduduwa will surely deal with him. On this, Ifa says: Ayun mi ree, ire ni ki o je Abo mi ree, ire ni ki o je Atayun atabo Mo de mo ba tijotayo nile A difa fun Oduduwa Atewonro Yoo ko gbogbo Irunmole wa sode aye Awa yun o Awa bo Omo Olobara kii ku sote This is my going, may it be successful This is my coming, may it be successful Both my going and my return I arrived and met dance and happiness at home Ifa revelation to Oduduwa Atewonro He would bring all the Irunmole to the earth We have come We have returned The child of Olobara will never die in war 23. Ifa has assured the world that the war from the rebels will surely be suppressed. The leaders need to make ebo. Also, the practitioners of Ifa/Orisa religion are assured of the war against them here and there in the world. The items to sacrifice here are a he-goat, 3 cocks, 3 big rats, pap, palm oil and money. On this, Ifa says: A bi loro A pon loro O burinburin loroloro A difa fun Orunmila Ifa n lo ibi atokedoke Won logun n be lapa otun Won lote n be lapa osi Won ni osiiri n be laarin ona kooropongba Ifa ni ogun apa otun, otun ni ki o gbe Ifa ni ogun apa osi, osi ni ki o wa Osiiri to wa laarin, yoo maa ya fomo awo A oo la won ja A oo la won bo Omo isoro kii ku soro Omo Olobara kii ku si ote He was born with spiritual endowment He is bred in spiritual way He is walking in spiritual path Ifa revelation to Orunmila When travelling around He was told there is war at the right side He was told there is war at the left side He was told there is war on the path Ifa says the war at the right side should remain harmless there Ifa says the war at the left side should remain harmless there Ifa says the war on the path should give way for the priests We shall go through them with impunity We shall return through them with impunity A priest does not die while carrying out his divine assignment A child of Olobara does not die in war 24. This year, Ifa warns those who are chasing another man’s wife. Ifa says anyone who is found in such act will be punished. Those who are suspecting their spouse should make ebo with 3 cocks, 3 big rats, a rope, gin, kola nuts, pap, palm oil and money. On this, Ifa says: O n bere labe buka O n ba kubekube A difa fun Olobara to n lo ji obirin Irete do Awo mu e loni o, Awo mu e Olobara to n ji Obirin Irete do Awo mu e loni o, Awo mu e He is dodging his head under the shed He is hiding his face Ifa revelation to Olobara who was having extra marital affairs with the wife of Irete The priest has caught you today, the priest has caught you You, Olobara, who has been having a secret affair with the wife of Irete The priest has caught you today, the priest has caught you 25. Ifa says people whose children are dying prematurely should initiate them into Ifa. The age of the child does not matter here. On this, Ifa says: Gbara odede ni mo ti te Ori awo gbo kekeke A difa fun Orunmila Baba oo te omo ojo keedogbon nifa Ta ni n be leyin to n sebo Obarairete! Orunmila lo n be leyin to n sebo It is in the house corridor I made the initiation And enjoyment of long life follows Ifa revelation to Orunmila Who would initiate a twenty five day old child into Ifa Who is the person making ebo Obarairete! Orunmila is the one making ebo AFFLIATED ORISA Ogun Ifa Sanponna Osun Oba Yemoja Olokun Olosa EEWO (TABOO) Black cloth Not to carry another person’s child at the back Any woman who is longing for child should not look at the mirror Any woman who is longing for child should not use beads Do not commit adultery Do not divorce Married individuals should not flirt Verses recorded, transcribed and translated by: Chief Fakayode Olanipekun (Chairman, Ethics and Scripture Committee) Fayemi Fatunde Fakayode (Secretary) Araba Olusoji Oyekale (Kwara State Rep) Ojesola Windare (Osun State Rep) Chief Adewale Oso (Ondo State Rep) Otunba Kehinde Idowu Fagbohun (Oyo State Rep) Fayemi Abidemi (Oyo State Rep) Chief Fatunmbi Adeniji (Ogun State Rep) Fasola Faniyi Babatunde (Ogun State Rep) Awo Tosin Olomowewe (Lagos State Rep) Iyanifa Ifakemi Onifade (Women Wing) Iyanifa Fajemirola Ifetayo Fakayode (USA Rep) Priest Fatiou Ogoubeyi (Republic of Benin Rep) Aboru Aboye Abosise! Note: We are aware that some people have published some verses of the odu on the internet. While we are not saying the verses they published are incorrect, we strongly believe that the ones we presented here are the ones recited with inspiration from Olodumare. What we mean is that there can be one thousand verses of Obarairete, but inspiration is what is needed to recite the useful ones at the time of divination; it is inspiration that directs a priest towards the verse(s) he recites on the mat. For clarification: Please beware: There is only one International Council for IFA Religion. The ODUN IFA AGBAYE (World IFA Festival) held at Oke Itase is the true and original one, done since time immemorial. The ODU IFA for the 2016/2017 ARABA AGBAYE'S (ARABA OF THE WORLD'S) WORLD IFA FESTIVAL is OBARAIRETE. Anyone who tries to tell you it is another ODU IFA is misinformed and spreading misinformation. Aboru Aboye
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