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THIS WEEK EPISODE: ORISHA ESU ODARA, ONIBODE ORUN

THE MIGHTY GATE KEEPER OF THE YORUBA TRIBE WORLDWIDE


Before we proceed, I implore you to have an open mind about this sensitive article, because I would like to explain to you why ESU is not the DEVIL or LUCIFA of the Bible, KNOWLEDGE IS KEY.

Decades ago, a boy within the age of 8-12 years old (Samuel Ajayi Crowther ) was captured by Fulani during the Fulani/Oyo wars and he was sold with his mother and toddler brother to the Portuguese slave buyers.


However, the ship was intercepted by the British Royal Navy and the slaves were released at the shores of Sierra Leone.


This was where the Anglican Church Missionary Society took over the educating of young Ajayi. One of his foremost achievements, apart from taking Christianity to the Niger Delta parts of modern Nigeria, Ajayi Crowther translated the English Bible into Yoruba.


This can thus be said to be the first medium through which the Christian Satan/Devil/Lucifer was thus interpreted as the Yoruba Èṣú.

Ajayi Crowther was also the one who compiled in 1843 the English-Yoruba Dictionary upon which so many others have been patterned till today.


Ajayi Crowther could have translated the Bible Satan as satani. He was a boy of 12 when he was stolen from Osogun, his village in Iseyin, Oyo, and had very little knowledge, if any, of Eshu and his complicated functions. If Èṣú were the Devil, Ifa would totally have been upturned into evil and Yoruba would not be one of the most enlightened race in Africa today. We would have been submerged in the Devil’s evil.


Now who is ESU?

ESU is the Head of Operations to every other divinity on earth

Esu is also the Divine Messenger between God and Man (Ifa priests).


A Gate keeper or the Guardian of the doorway to heaven, he is the conveyer of informations from Olodumare to Earth and from earth to Olodumare 

There is no IFA PRIEST or BABALAWO that does not have the ESU shrine (it's a must).


Esu is the Orisa that offers choices and possibilities, he safeguards the principle of freewill.

If you remember the face in this picture you would understand the duty and essence of Esu (Please I did not say Esu featured in the movie Thor) 😐


Esu represents the balance of nature. Day and night, white and black, construction and destruction. He counterbalances every aspects of our reality.



Behold part of his names

Lagemo Orun (the sacred child of heaven)

Alaakalu (one whose greatness is manifested all over the place)

Esu Odara (one who can do and undo)

Ogiri oko (he who is as hard as a rock)

Elegbara (the mighty and powerful one)

Papawara (the quickest and fastest one)

Akeregbaye (small but in control of the whole world)

Onibode Orun (the gate man of Heaven)

Laalu Agbaye (police of the universe)


Now Repeat After me " Esu mase mi omo Elomi ni kose " ASE

Translation "ESU don't JINX me , JINX someone else's child "



On the other side though, Èṣú is the link between man and heaven – to the Yoruba. He is a strong god and one who has to be pacified so that he takes his tricks elsewhere, and moreover he does not allow trouble or evil to be done to us. If the Bible version is the same as this Èṣú whom Yoruba add his name to the prefix of their children at birth e.g. Eshu-Biyi, Eshu-Tunde, Eshu-gbayi, and they even have a shrine of upside-down earthenware bowl with a hole in the bottom, to venerate this god, then does this mean the Yoruba worship the same Lucifer/Devil that rebelled against God?

It is clear that even the translated Yoruba-English dictionary in which Bara is also attached to Ifa shows that the translators have little or no knowledge about the Yoruba deities. Ifa and Èṣú are not the same. While Ifa is the mainstream religion of the Yoruba brought to earth (like Jesus or Paul brought Christianity) by Orunmila who lived in Oke Igeti in today’s Osun State, Èṣú had never lived like a man with children or wives… he is a god with functions in heaven. That is why another oriki says of him as “O san sokoto penpe/ Onibode Olorun.” (One who wears short pants and guards the way between man and the Heavens)

Let us objectively look into the function of Èṣú who is a fierce god, like Thor or Sango but not evil like Hades. Èṣú has to be constantly sacrificed to in Yoruba belief because he is the one between us and the other gods. Èṣú has the power to decree any god not to harm a mortal and can also look away if the offending mortal refuses to perform sacrifice to ward of evil. Èṣú does not cast evil, he is merely performing his duties to ensure that no man is unjustly attacked by evil.

There are eight forms of evil in Ifa philosophy, these are Death, Pestilence, Loss, Paralysis, Trouble, Curse, Bondage and Iniquity. All these eight are under the supervision of Èṣú according to God (Olodumare) who placed Èṣú in that role to monitor their activities. These eight are always trying to hinder the progress of man and this is why any sacrifice or rites performed on earth to ward evil must have Èṣú’s Fifth share since he alone has authority to tell the Eight evil to desist from harming a particular person.

These items of sacrifice are mostly edible stuff that sometimes have to be shared to the person’s neighbours so that in their merriment they pray for him as well, it is also a form of tithes receipt for the babalawo and lastly some of the items are used on the person sacrificing; There is an example in a verse of Ifa where an albino called Ondese was asked to sacrifice on a particular day against death. He was asked to use Buje (a plant which has a juice used for tattooing) for sacrifice. The priests then used the Buje to rub him all over. On the appointed day Death came to seek him, Death could not recognize that the man who has been rubbed all over with Buje is the albino he sought; so Death left and Ondese lived longer.

The Christian Satan is a rebel; the Yoruba Èṣú would never think of derailing from his functions. It is only the witches and sorcerers that Èṣú has no power over and this is where Ifa too says that it is only one’s Ori (head/soul) that can protect one against Dark/Evil Magic cast by witches. Èṣú has nothing to do with cursing man or turning man against God. He serves as mediator between us and the heavens. There is no record in Ifa that Èṣú rebels against Olodumare, besides, is it not demeaning the power of God that the omniscient created something It had not foreseen would rebel and cause trouble for mankind in such huge scale?

Èṣú is not evil. But today, millions of Yoruba have seen Èṣú as the Christian devil with the influence of the translation and the Yoruba Bible. The Yoruba dictionary clearly shows that elitism crept into the translating pen of the translators as a result of their little knowledge of Yoruba spiritual beliefs, which Christianity taught them is the Devil’s belief. Let us remove prejudice and be objective. Èṣú shields man from evil and can also expose man to evil, but he is not evil. Neither is he contesting power with God.

It is the Christian God that is a white man with white beard and a golden crown. The Yoruba God (Olodumare or Olorun) has no form. It has never been described. Olodumare is an existence in the transcendence. 

Something no deity can contest power with. Evil is also formless, that is why the Eight Evil were placed under the authority of Èṣú to protect man, but Witches can use their craft to tap into the evil energy but unfortunately they are not subjected to Èṣú and difficult to pacify them. God allowed evil but restrained evil, and only the karma of man brings them upon him. Even if witches cast evil on a man, his Ori is his last bunker to defend him and this Ori also depends largely on the past karma he has accrued.

It is ridiculous to say God’s creation is rivaling him to take earth when there are thousands of planets within and outside our Solar System. When the Bible was written with this view of throwing devil into earth, there was little idea of the galaxy. If the bible were written today, the Genesis and Revelation would have been written differently. 

Lastly, Èṣú cannot take or give man soul, like the Christian Devil can. Èṣú does not need a soul or reside in any Hell. He is an important minister of God. Those who perform devil worship and the Satanists perform a lot of human sacrifice and mortification but Yoruba do not sacrifice humans to Èṣú or require to mortify their bodies.


Now you know the difference between ESU and SATANI/DEVIL

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