Monday, March 5, 2012
Obarakanran was cast for the Parrot,who was told to sacrifice, in orderto prevent him becoming the subjectof wrath of all other birds. The offeringwas corn, alligator pepper, and 2000 cowries.Ifa says here is a person stuck intoold, preconceived ideas on how things should go.I tell you, reality is different from your ideas,my friend! Sacrifice, that people may notturn away from you. And do not turn your backin anger, when you are told how things truly are.Look, my friend, if you are not a smithyou should not try to shape metal, and ifyou cannot write you should not tella writer how to shape his letters.The customs of your dogholeare no cosmic laws, my friend!The adimu is corn on the cob,alligator pepper and 2000 cowries. "We must put the hoe in the attic,and decide to be lazy. When the frontof the leg which we call the shinhas eaten to the full, its stomachswells up in the rear of the leg,which we call the calf"was the one who cast Ifa forOlopirigidi, on the daythat he wanted to cover all evilwith an upturned pot in his room.They instructed Olopirigidi to offer12,000 cowries to the right,12,000 cowries tot he left,12,000 cowries in the middle, and thena black hen, a black goat, and a black pigeon,in order not to see evil everywhere, and theyadded one pot to be offered.Olopirigidi listened, and made the full offering.The diviners took all of the offeringas their payment, except the pot,which they gave back to Olopirigidi.They told him to put the pot upside downin his room, in order for all evilto be captured underneath it.Olopirigide had children, and Death did not taken them,nor did Sickness bother them. All the workthat Olopirigidi did, he managedto finish the same day. Olopirigidipraised the diviners and the diviners praised Ifa,because what was said had turned out to be the truth:"We must put the hoe in the attic,and decide to be lazy. When the frontof the leg which we call the shinhas eaten to the full, its stomachswells up in the rear of the leg,which we call the calf"were the ones who cast Ifa forOlopirigidi, on the daythat he wanted to cover all evilwith an upturned pot in his room.They sang: "Pirigidi covered evil with a pot,and we didn't die anymore. Ifa covered evilwith a pot, so that we would have money.Pirigidi covered evil with a pot, in orderfor us to have healthy children. Ifacovered evil with a pot, and when Deathcame inside, he saw the secret and left.Pirigidi covered evil with a pot. Diseaseentered the house, saw the secret and left.Ifa covered evil with a pot, in orderfor us to see blessing. Pirigidi coveredevil with a pot, so that we wouldn't die.Pirigidi and Ifa covered evil with a pot".Ifa says that he will lock all evilaway in heaven, so that it cannot touchus on earth. This person must go,and sacrifice to Obatala. Ifa saysthat this person will know the blessings of abundance,when adimu is given to Obatala. And Ifa says that this personmust put an upside down pot in his room, to ward off negativity.Ifa says that negativity will then stay in Orun,for Olodumare to deal with it. Optional: After reciting the above text, the Awo might feel the need to continue by reciting the following interpretation.Ifa says that a person is sadly wasting his efforts,even while the whole universe is burstingwith energy and willingness to help him! This personmust be very clear about what he wants, towardsothers, yes, but especially towards himself! Hewill get what he wants, but he must make it very clear.This is a matter of common sense: most problemsthis person has, Ifa says, are so small that they canbe covered and put out of action with an earthenware pot.We should not inflate our problems and make themunnecessarily big; we should deflate them, and letthem return to their own tiny proportions. If we havefinished something, we should not let it bother us anymore, forIfa says: finished is finished, and we should be very well awarewhen things are done, instead of keep wasting our energies on themOrder, neatness, system, structure: that is what this person needs,and never, never complain or nag: that's the message.