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African Traditional Religions: Ifa

This guide, created by the Atlanta University Center Woodruff Library with funding from the Atla OER Grant Program, exists as an Open Educational Resource on "African Traditional Religions: Ifa." Content licensed CC-BY-NC 4.0.


Photography: Will Coleman, Ph.D. 

Opon ifa (divination tray).  Olodumare is unseen, but sees all.  Olodumare is the source of all that exists.


Olodumare, mo ji loni. Mo wo'gun merin aye. 

Creator, I greet the new day. I greet the four directions that create the world.

Igun 'kini, igun 'keji, igun 'keta, igun 'kerin Olojo oni. 

The first corner, the second corner, the third corner, the fourth corner are owners of the day.

Gbogo ire gbaa tioba wa nile aye. Wa fun mi ni temi. T'aya -t 'omo t'egbe - t - ogba,

They brought us the good fortune that sustains us on earth. They bring me all things that sustain my spirit,

wa fi yiye wa. Ki of f'ona han wa. Wa fi eni -eleni se temi, 

With you there is no failure, we praise the road you created, nothing can block the power of the Spirit. 

Alaye o alaye o. Afuyegegege meseegbe. Alujonu eniyan ti nf'owo ka le. 

We praise the Light of the Earth; it sustains the abundance of Creation.

A ni kosi igi meji ninu igbo bu obi. Eyiti o ba ya'ko a ya abidun - dun -- dun -- dun. Alaye o, alaye o.

It brings us the food of the forest. It brings us the sweet things in life. We praise the Light of the Earth; we praise the Light of the Earth. 


May it be so.

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