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AWO ELEGAN

Awo Elegan is an initiated Ifa priest who does not see Odu
or is not exposed to the secret of Odu.Such Awo is initiated
but will never set eyes on Odu nor partake from anything
used in Odu rituals. The Odu we are talking about is not
odu Ifa (Ifa chapters/signs) but a powerful female Orisa.
There are two ancient, divine origins of Awo Elagan, i.e.
why some people can not see Odu. These reasons are
acceptable excusses in Ifa initiation but the third reason is
not tenable and should be discouraged.
Firstly, Orunmila had many wives already before he came
across Odu in a riverine forest when she decended. They
agreed to marry each other as seen in Odu Ifa Ofunmeji
based on rules which include “no woman should ever set
eyes on her…”. Orunmila agreed and did not allow the
senior wives to see this new wife. Even, those he married
after her did not set eyes on her. Also, all the sixteen
children of Odu could see their mother but their half
brothers and sisters were forbidden to see her. Therefore,
after her ascension and inclusion of her rituals into Ifa
initiation, only her descendants/offsprings are allowed to set
eyes on her. This is the first reason why some Awo are
called Awo Elegan, i.e. those who can not see Odu. Those
Awo Elegan are the children of the other wives of Orunmila.
They may continue doing their initiation in line with that, i.e.
without Orisa Odu.
Secondly, in odu Ifa Otuasaa, Awodi was sent by Alapansiki
to go and make rituals for Olokun. Though Awodi was not
initiated, because, he was then still under training, he did
the assignment because, Alapansiki, the child of
Ajagunmole had blessed and given power to him.He was
then honoured and enriched by Olokun.Olokun, who did not

we are all one… He was able to return home to inform their father. he has given approval to Odidere’s statement that “Both Elegan and Olodu are all one…” The third reason why some Awo are Elegan today is modern and pathetic. Awodi carried out the initiation successfully the way of Elegan because. they have also been blessed by Ajagunmale. He told Odidere that he had blessed Awodi before he left and whatever he did in the household of Olokun will be efficacious. i. one of them (Odidere) gave Awodi due respect with this statement: Telegan tolodu la jo n sawo… Both Elegan and Olodu. With that. without Odu. In the crisis that ensued between Awodi and his initiated senior ones (Agbe and Aluko). who knows? Also. They have forgotten that it is Awodi and only Awodi that Alapansiki blessed with such right.e. they do not see Odu and will just do the initiation in line with Elegan. had blessed him before he left for Olokun’s place. Alapansiki. The want to liken themselves with that of Awodi. And that those who are initiated by Awodi should continue as Awo Elegan and nobody should ever deride them. The initiation without Orisa Odu was successful because. Instead of cursing Awodi. he punished them. May be. he himself had not be initiated let alone set eyes on Odu.know that Awodi was not initiated asked him to initiate his children for him. Alapansiki or even Orunmila to carry out initiation without been initiated themselves. Alapansiki blamed the priests killed by Awdi for making attempt to disgrace him. Some Ifa priests are not initiated and they have opportunity of initiating godchildren. all that happened. Alapansiki. some initiated Ifa priests initiate their godchildren abroad in line with Awo Elegan. Because they are not initiated. But. The reason is that the concerned Ifa priests go to countries abroad without this . who wanted to disgrace Awodi.

they can neither partake from any thing used in appeasing/doing Odu rituals nor set eyes on the Orisa.e. they will just do the initiation without Orisa Odu. i. today.powerful Orisa that must be present whenever Ifa initiation is to take place and they can not come home for the initiation or send for the Orisa. Hence. Those that they initiate like that will become Awo Elegan. especially abroad. . This is the third reason for Awo Elegan. we have millions of Awo Elegan.

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