Oluwo

noun | oh · lu · woh |

This is a chieftancy title given to a male practitioner of the Yoruba Ifa/Orisha tradition. This title is given to a highly accomplished Babalawo. This Babalawo differs from others because he has his own awo(s), often has Ifa initiations, among other things, and is worthy of this honor. Any Yoruba word containing ‘Olu’, meaning head, indicates that that person or thing is the Head of something. In this case, an Oluwo is the Head of Awo(s) and Head of his own Ifa compound.

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