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One On One With Ifa (a Yoruba Deity Blackmailed By Importers Of Foreign Culture by ajasaolufemi(m): 8:22pm On Sep 06, 2013
Witnessing the 2013 edition of Ifa Festival put together by Olokun Festival Foundation, the cultural promotion arm of Oodua People’s Congress led by Otunba Gani Adams, changed virtually all the wrong perception I had about Ifa as a deity and its worshipers as people.

The annual festival was celebrated in June this year at Abule-Ado, Mile 2/Badagry Expressway, Lagos; it was a period of reconnection to traditional root and the occasion re-ignited me as a true born of the Yoruba descent. In Yoruba land, there are many systems of divination used by its people but the most important is Ifa and it remains a central part of the people’s existence. However, the arrival of missionaries, colonial masters and Western type of lifestyle, marked the beginning of depletion in the level of interest placed in Ifa as a religion.

These eventually declined Ifa followership both in the local and global cultural market particularly when measured in terms of level of acceptance. Notwithstanding, Ifa culture still resides in the hearts and souls of the Yoruba people. Despite the so many rejections, Ifa adherents continue to accord the religion all reverence and respect it deserves. Surprisingly, Ifa as a religion is equally flourishing in other countries like Mexico, Cuba, Brazil and others due to its practicability.....Read MORE..http://nationalmirroronline.net/new/escape-demystifying-ifa-worship-worshippers/

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