The ancestors have one purpose; to guide and protect your family lineage. Unlike the òrìsà, who are universal principles that are accessible to all people, the ancestors are dedicated to your lineage and your lineage alone. More importantly, perhaps, whereas your devotion to òrìsà will likely be forgotten by the larger community, what you contribute to your family’s spiritual development will be remembered, repeated and celebrated by your descendants. Stated differently, what you do for òrìsà is absorbed into the cosmos. But what you do for the ancestors in concentrated and stored in your family inheritance. Join us every Sunday to venerate the ancestors and elevate the spirit of destiny: Ijo Adulawo.
What Is Ijosin?
Ijosin is the use of prepared words, songs, rituals, gestures, and prayers that compose the pieces of a structured form of worship. The term ijosin means “worship gathering” in the Yoruba language. It’s a wonderful and ancient way that your community can participate in Òrìsà devotion. If you’re new to ijosin it might be somewhat confusing or foreign at first. But if you stick with it, you’ll discover its power to enrich and shape your personal prayer life and support your spiritual development.
There are three aspects of devotional experience:
Please join us for Orisa Worship every Sunday: Ijo Adulawo
One of the principle methods by which the babalawo strive to bring about the Good Condition is called ebo riru, or sacrifice. Proverbial wisdom advises us, riru eboni gbe ni, airu ebo ni ki gbeniyan, making of sacrifice favors one; refusal to sacrifice benefits no one.
Knowledge without manifestation and transformation lacks efficacy and is therefore impotent. Esu - by carrying sacrifices - is the force that transforms knowledge into action in the physical and spiritual realms. Esu is the protector of ritual culture. Knowledge without manifestation and transformation lacks efficacy and is therefore impotent. Esu is the force that transforms knowledge into action in the physical and spiritual realms. There is a fantastic oriki that doubles as a praise riddle for Esu. It says;
Esu slept in the house
The house was too small.
Esu slept on the verandah
The verandah was too small.
Esu climbed into a nutshell
Finally! He was able to stretch out!
Esu walked through the ground nut farm
His tuft of hair was barely visible.
If not for his enormous size, he would not have been visible at all.
Esu throws a rock today
and it hits someone yesterday!
We experience Esu but we do not know him. The far reaches of our ambiguity about what is good, what is bad, what is real and what is false is his domain. Esu is the embodiment of paradoxical wisdom.