Ifa/Orisa Tradition

ISESE LAGBA – A CELEBRATION OF YORUBA TRADITION AND NATIONAL HOLIDAY

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Aboru Aboye oooo!!! Today, August 20th 2015, all Orisha People in Nigeria and around the world will celebrate Isese day (e-shay-shay), which is Day of Tradition. Today in Nigeria all Babalawo’s, Iyanifa’s, Olorishas and everyone who practices the tradition way of life which is the practice, worship and veneration of Ifa/Orisha will celebrate this day for all its worth. The appropriate greeting for this day is Isese Lagba (E-shay-shay-Lag-ba) which means tradition is the best way, or tradition is on top of all religions. After someone greets you “Isese Lagba,” you will answer Isese Lagba Gbogbo Wa (E-shay-shay- Bug-bo Wa!) which means tradition will stay with us always.

Isese Lagba! Today all traditional people will wear white clothes in celebration of Isese day, the Day in Nigeria where Tradition is celebrated and all Orishas are fed and honored. There will be a big celebration on this day with many festivals (festival is the same as party) and conferences held all over Nigeria with people coming from near and far to attend. Isese is the Yoruba word for Tradition. It is now a national holiday, but as you can see in two of the videos below it was a fight for it to be recognized by the Government as such. Christians and Muslims are accorded holidays and days where upon which their religions are celebrated, but for our traditional religion to be recognized by government openly, we had to fight.

I practice Isese the authentic way, the way of the Yoruba people of South Western Nigeria. I was initiated there. There are some who have gone to the motherland to initiate, but “mix” the practice with what is known as Lucumi or other practices,,I do not. Jamaican rice and peas tastes the best when prepared the traditional way with real coconut milk, not evaporated milk, or even coconut powder.

The Orishas  are with us, they are born everyday within the consciousness of a newborn, whether they know it or not, it is important, especially people of African descent, to know their path. It matters not where in Africa you are led to or drawn to, it matters that you respect and honor the tradition of your ancestors.

The African is unconscious, more so throughout the diaspora. We have lost our traditional values, therefore we have lost our way. Africans around the world (those who practiced foreign religions) will see us today dressed in traditional clothing and honoring our roots, and heritage and culture and they will join with others and call us uneducated, baboons, and devil worshipers, all because we have not forgotten the ways of old. All because we have not conformed to foreign religions.

The African throughout the diaspora is unconscious, he is unconscious because he has conformed to ways which are not apart of his cultural make up, he has given up, and has laid down like a lamb to the slaughter and have joined his oppressors with their doctrines which they have used to trick him, the African, who now hates himself, his people and his land of origin. They have used false doctrines to deceive and defeat his  mind, and have even tricked him into believing that once the shackles of slavery has been removed, he is free, when they already knew behind their secret smiles that the shackles of the mind would still bound him into the worse kind of slavery, that of the mind! Religious indoctrination! O Ma Se ooooo! (what a pity)

The oppressors has given him the same tools, the Bible and the Koran to use to enslave the minds of his fellow man, his kin, his brothers and sisters, and they all began to enslave each other while condemning our same kind who have found the chutzpah to swim against the current and stand for what they believe in, which is the original way, tradition.

The African is Unconscious when he believes the lies of media, and Hollywood propaganda and he measures wealth by money and gold, and land and holdings, but not see wealth in knowledge and culture, and a belief system that, with and through nature and the knowledge of nature which holds the secrets of God, we have everything! Money is another form of slavery, and if you measure your brothers and sisters and even yourself  by its weight then you are even more backward than how you believe they are!!

Isese Lagba!!

Isese is not fighting against anothers belief, it is embracing and honoring the tradition of our ancient people, who have left this wonderful legacy for us, which we must continue to observe and be proud of! People are now waking up to what the elders of old knew way before!

What can I say other than,  Iba (I pay my respect or I give homage to)

Iba Olodumare (God)

Iba Orunmila (Ifa)

Iba Esu (Eshu)

Iba Ogun

Iba Obatala

Iba Osun (Oshun)

Iba Oya

Iba Sango

Iba Obaluaye

Iba Yemoja

Iba Olokun

Iba Ori Eleda

Iba Oba

Iba Oduduwa

Iba all Odus of Ifa

Iba Egungun

Iba Iya Onile

Iba Oluwo

Iba Ojubona

Iba Babalawo

Iba Iyanifa

Iba gbobobo ab orisa patapata

This video speaks very well on the importance of Isese, the Government has since recognized this day.

This is an Ifa poem I got from the internet on Isese

IFA on what is Isese?

The ocean is filled to the brim
The lagoon is filled to capacity
Alasan is going to Asan
Alasan is going to Asan, the Awo of the top of the rock
The elders thought the matter over
And realized that it was no longer favorable
They used their mustaches to cover their faces
And spread their beards firmly over their chest
These were the declarations of Ifa to Isese (Traditionalism)
What is one’s Isese
Olodumare is one’s Isese
It is Isese we ought to appease
Before appeasing any Orisa
One’s Mother is one’s Isese
Before appeasing any Orisa
It is Isese we ought to appease
One’s Father is one’s Isese
It is Isese we ought to appease
Before appeasing any Orisa
The male genital organ is one’s Isese
It is Isese we ought to appease
Before appeasing any Orisa
The female genital organs one’s Isese
It is Isese we ought to appease
Before appeasing any Orisa
Please let us appease Isese
Isese if the father of all Etutu
The Isese of your mother’s lineage
The Isese of your father’s lineage
May they all give approval to this Ebo?
Before we appease any Orisa

Ilẹ̀kùn tí ò bá ní alùgbàgbà, kó yára dẹ́kun àpárá dí dá /
A door that has no frame ought to cease all pranks……Yoruba Proverb! 

[Operate within your means]

All religions are valid as long as it teaches peace and love…..Obara Meji!

There are no disappointments in life, only lessons learned…..Obara Meji!

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Obara Meji is a spiritualist, Ifa-Orisa practitioner, and teacher of metaphysics. Since 2011 she has used her online platform to share her personal experiences to those seeking answers about spirituality. Her teachings will expand into short stories, novels, and public speaking to continue her mission of bringing enlightenment to the world.

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WisdomandWater
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Isese Lagba! 🙂

Ask_Amber
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Isese Lagba Obara!!!

Cami
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Great paragraph.

“The African is unconscious, more so throughout the diaspora. We have lost our traditional values, therefore we have lost our way. Africans around the world (those who practiced foreign religions) will see us today dressed in traditional clothing and honoring our roots, and heritage and culture and they will join with others and call us uneducated, baboons, and devil worshipers, all because we have not forgotten the ways of old. All because we have not conformed to foreign religions. “

Cami
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Isese Lagba @ Obara Meji exclusively.

And Isese Lagba to my fellow bloggers and readers.

Spiritual Seeker
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Spiritual Seeker

Isese Lagba Gbogbo Wa, Cami! Greetings!

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Isese Lagba!!! Enjoy Isese Day today with you and your family. May all orisha be appeased today.

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