Chiefs, awon Babalawo, awon Babalorisa, awon omo orisa, friends,supporters. politicians, adults, children, Mothers, Fathers ,animals all gathered at Dhein’s Bay, Carenage, to once again celebrate the primordial divinity – orisa of the Atlantic Ocean, memory of the planet, Patron of Africans who crossed the Atlantic during the infamous and abhorable ” ATLANTIC SLAVE EXPERIENCE ” – OLOKUN.
FOR SEVERAL DAYS THE CHIEF CELEBRANTS and hosts of the Festival were engaged in preparing the ritual space and environment for the Grand Day of the Celebration.
Sunday arrived and participants began trickling in. The Chief priest of the organization was on site to make an Ojumo – first light salutation.
Spiritual Baptists devotees were baptising candidates into their Faith.
Ojubo Esu was activated .
The tent and ground preparations crew started coming in.
Visitors and members began arriving after their visit to the International Headquarters of Egbe Onisin Eledumare to join the Chief Celebrant – OMO ORISA OLOKUN – Rubadiri Victor and the Chief Priest of EGBE ONISIN ELEDUMARE – Oloye Orawale Oranfe who had conducted opening rituals at 5.oo a.m. to commence the day’s activities. The Celestial court of OLOKUN was addressed.
The special Agogo Olokun brought to Ile – Iere by Chief Osemwegie Ebohon was addressed and activated.
AGOGO O! PP AGOGO O!
Bell of OLOKUN !
Bell of OLOKUN!
My very loved and favourite Drum, and summoner of OLOKUN
We are about to visit the deep and return SAFELY.
We shall bring your bell ,your rattle, your drum ,your summoner
We are coming to meet you OLOKUN
GRAND MONARCH OF THE SEA.
WE ARE COMING.
Ritual items start arriving at the prepared site. Tents are being put up, food being prepared at the International Compound. Readiness is in the air.
The hour arrives. The Oudari Agbaiye and Chief Celebrant supported by the early few make the summon at the Ocean.
Chief Priest and Balogun of EGBE ONISIN ELEDUMARE RETURNS TO OCEAN LOCATION. He salutes all present . Aslow build is begin to take place. A brief history of the genesis of OLOKUN Festival in Republic Trinidad& Tobago is presented. More persons arrived. The opening presentations are made to the COSMOS. Chiefs and Leaders, and Elders of Shrines are invited to make their incantantions and salutations to COSMOS and Deity.Prayers for children on behalf of the community are offered . Young babalawo pray for children of good character in our communities.
” May OLOKUN sew clothes for strapping babies to the backs of our women
CHILDREN ENSURE SURVIVAL OF OUR LINEAGE.
POSSESSSION BEGINS TO TAKE PLACE
The Oceans doors are opening. The ” Energies ” are arriving. Bells are pealing.The atmosphere is permeated with divine energy.
The manifested intelligences serve humans.
Children are blessed.
The family member of the missing person in the Coast Guard Vessel incident off Five Islands petitions Olokun to receive back his “lost” family member. The priest add alive and well.
News is now that the body have been recovered. The family awaits an autopsy report.
Condolences to the surviving family members. Olokun did hear your petition and gave back the body.
Food and refreshments are served after OLOKUN accepts the offering. Music, song , dance ,joy, another Baptism by Spiritual Baptists.
The Festival comes to ajoyous end. Participants are reluctant to part.
WE SHALL LIVE TO CELEBRATE AGAIN NEXT FESTIVAL.
IT SHALL BE LARGER THAN THIS ONE
THERE WILL BE MORE DYNAMIC ASPECTS OF THE FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTED.
Thanks to our DRUMMERS, our Babalorisa, our Babalawo ati Iyanifa, our Iyalorisa, thosethat manifested the orisa, the children, the Parliamentary Representative fo Diego martin Central Constituency – Dr. Amery ,Brown, Ile Isokan, Otura Meji Shrine, Ile Isokan, Ile Osun / Obatala, Egbe Omo Oduduwa,Members of the Egugun Fraternity, Members of the Ogboni Fraterniy, Eko ile Sango Osun Mi’Losa, all other shrines, Iles and kpaale in attendance .
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