By Nicholaj De Mattos Frisvold, Childerico, Chief Ògúnṣínà Babatúndẹ́ Ọlàyínkà Adéwuyì
Ifá: A wooded area of poser by way of Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold is an enormous examine at the cosmology, metaphysics, philosophy and divination process of Ifá, written by way of a practice holder and member of the council of elders, often called the Ogboni society, of Abeokuta, Nigeria.
Ifá – another identify for its prophet Òrúnmìlà – is a faith, a knowledge culture and a approach of divination encoding the wealthy and complicated oral and fabric tradition of the Yoruba humans. The Yoruba tradition is grounded in reminiscence, an ancestral repository of knowledge, that generates strong counsel, advises acceptable ebo (sacrifice) and opens how one can strengthen a very good personality on our trip via existence and in our interactions with the obvious and invisible worlds.
The paintings is a presentation of the 1st 16 odù of the Ifá corpus of divination verses defined in tales, allegories and proverbs reflecting the sensible knowledge of Ifá. The paintings is either a presentation of Ifá for people with little wisdom of it, and a dynamic presentation of the wealth of its knowledge for these already acquainted with Ifá. The deities and key suggestions of Ifá metaphysics are mentioned, together with: Obàtálá, Ònilé, Sàngó, Ògún, Oya, Òsányìn, Yemoja, Èsù, àse (power), egúngún (ancestry), ìwà (character), and orí (head/consciousness/daimon). particularly, Dr Frisvold has created a piece which celebrates the Yoruba knowledge culture and makes a bridge with the Western international. it truly is of worth for the sunshine that it casts at the origins and mysteries of Èsù and òrìsà, and a huge resource for these working towards Quimbanda, Palo, Santeria, Vodou and the African Diaspora religions. but its classes are common, for it's the paintings of constructing personality, of attracting success and accruing knowledge in lifestyles. As Nicholaj writes:
‘…Ifá is a philosophy, a theogony, theology and cosmology rooted in a specific metaphysic that issues itself with the true and the right, the realm and its starting. it's rooted within the structure of guy and the aim of lifestyles and the character of destiny. Ifá is a philosophy of personality. The philosophy of Ifá lies on the root of any non secular cult or association concerning the veneration of òrìsà. […] via tales and legends, divinatory verses and proverbs, this philosophy can be published piece through piece till the panorama has been laid open earlier than you… ’