As several communities engage the Carnival in their own unique way, EGBE ONISIN ELEDUMARE,engaged and engages this year’s Carnival activies in a number of ways.
One such way was ASE ODUN OLOKUN, which this year was held at the boundaries between MAYARO and MANZANILLA.
Members, well- wishers,supporters and friends,gathered at the mouth of the Ortoire River where the Atlantic Ocean meets with it along the Manzanilla beach, South of the beach facilities.
The morning was opened with prayer at the International Headquarters of EGBE ONISIN ELEDUMARE, located at Petit Valley, Ile-Iere, Republic Trinidad and Tobago.
THE SUMMON TO THE ORISA was made at 4.53a.m.This was later followed by adura ati se – orisa led by Olori of Egbe omo Orisa Olokun of EGBE ONISIN ELEDUMARE- Rubadiri Victor. Rubadiri was assisted in his incantations by Oloye Ogunrinola of Ife -Ogunbowale Alupaida, Atona in training – Omidotun Adekoya, Agba Ogundiran Ogunkeye and Oloye Orawale Oranfe of Ife – Balogun of EGBE ONISIN ELEDUMARE.
AFTER THE PRAYERS,INVOCATIONS AND INCANTATIONS AT THE INTERNATIONAL HEADQUARTERS,those present left to join with others awaiting them in Port – of -Spain at the ‘Leaning Lighthouse’.
From there the Festival delegation tavelled up to Manzanilla/Mayaro, stopping at time to time to gather other participants.
There were several telephone calls received along the route as persons prayed and wished us well enroute and at the Festival.
Once arrived at the entrance to the location we met with several other persons awaiting us there.
The participants then gathered at a previously prepared and selected site where the ceromony and rituals began. Several participants were called upon to offer prayer and thanks to OLOKUN.
Manifestations then became apparent.The pace was being intensified in both the celestial and terrestial arenas.Bodies were quivering,persons were rolling the peal of the Olokun bell the atmosphere and space was charged with the Olokun energy.
Ritual action led by divinities then followed. Offerings were laid in theprescribed manner at the various selected spots,the fire blazed, and soon the participants gathered moved towards the sea’s edge. Further incantations led by Babalwo Ifakorede of NIGERIA,and Oloye Orawale Oranfe Ife took place.The orisa on the bodies of human beings were all around,participating,giving benedictions,giving directions and advice on ritual actions to be taken.
It was time for dida obi. Babalawo Ifakorede went in with the first leg. This was followed by Oloye Orawal Oranfe of Ife going in with the second leg. Both responses were excellent there was much congratulations and hugging and shouts of joy as the oceans waves began to dance and join in the celebrations.
The obi had spoken in EJIRE being cast in the permutation EDI.
The hosts were satisfied . The celebrated orisa is satisfied. Blessings were being pronounced on several individuals present.
EGBE ONISIN ELEDUMARE wishes to express its sincere thanks and appreciation to the several groups and persons who supported this year’s ASE ODUN OLKUN. Among the persons and organizations that we wish to acknowledge through this article are :
The ELDERS,PRIESTS AND CHIEFS OF ILE-IFE.
ISESE AGBAYE WORLDWIDE COMMUNITY
INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL FOR IFA RELIGION
OBARA OTURA FORUM
KABIYESI ERINSINBA 1 -OBA ADEKOYA
ATAYESE AND YEYE ATAYESE ISESE AGBAYE WORLWIDE COMMUNITY
BALOGUN AWO AGBAYE.PRESIDENT INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL FOR IFA RELIGION – CHIEF/PROFESSOR IDOWU ODEYEMI
CHIEF OLATUNJI ARESA – SECRETARY GENERAL INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL FOR IFA RELIGION
Many other persons gavetheir support at the Festival and to you we also share or thanks: Agba Olusino-Mighty Composoer. Babalawo Ifakorede,Mother Caro aand members of her congregation from Manzanilla who though they had a wedding ceremony coincinding with the time of the Festival came in person to show her support,members of Ile Osun /Obatala,members of Eko Ile Sango Osun Mi’losa,members of Ile Isokan,Ige Ogunsanwo and family, members of Egbe Ilosiwaju Ile- Alkebu-lan and all and any other shrine and organization present that were not acknowledged my name.
We hope to post pictures of the event soon.