With just four days remaining to open ASE ODUN SANGO TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 2015, this article seeks to UNITE IN TIME AND SPACE ILE IFE AND OYO .
Yoruba sacred science traditions give credit to Ile Ife as the cradle of Yoruba high science and civilization. Many early refrences to ORA/ ORANFE suggests a primogenitorial role in the pantheon of Yoruba deities. Many spiritual authorities suggest that ORA/ ORANFE is the percursor of SANGO. These authorities suggest that ORA/ ORANFE was/is eulogised as Oni Ale and Onile Ina terms that make refrence to Earthly Authority and to Divine and celestial origins. It is suggested that at some point of time there was a departure from Ile Ife and ORA/ORANFE transformed to SANGO.
Over years the ritual approaches developed different emphasies and symbolic interpretations in the two centres of preservation of the Awo fo this same Orisa that have in some ways allowed for devotees of the different centres being not always as close as now seems to be necessary for us as Orisa devotees.
The current Spiritual Leader of EGBE ONISIN ELEDUMARE, became blessed on one of his home visits to Ile Ife and became Oloye Orawale Oranfe Ife.
This itself was historic since according to the oral history conferred to him it has been the first time since the history of the ORA/ORANFE community that a non indigene was been given such an initiation and Oye title.
This has had an impact upon Egbe Onisin Eledumare which prior to the Oye title conferred on Oloye Orawale Oranfe had as its two principal Orisa OGUN ati SANGO.
When the National Orisa community sought a Day of recognition for Orisa devotees in Tle Iere ati Ile Aloubera – Republic Trinidad & Tobago, the vast majority of devotees were in favour of a day of recognition to be designated SANGO DAY. From that time to the current moment Egbe Onisin Eledumare has brought forward the ritual and celebration of SANGO from the confines of the Kpaale to the public domain within the provisions of sacred science practice that allows for interaction of the wider public with the sacred on specially determined times and festivities.
Several Cosmic, conjunctions allowed for the visit of Ooni of Ife Alaiyeluwa Kabiyesi Oba Sijuade Okunade Olubuse II ati daughter of Iku Baba Yeye Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III Alaafin Oyo to Republic Trinidad & Tobago on two seperate and distinct occassions. Orisa devotees were highly moved by these two visits and have continued to work to see a unified Yoruba profile both on the continent of Africa and in the African Diaspora.
To this extent Oloye Orawale Oranfe met last year June with Kabiyesi Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III with a view to bringing closer collaboration between Yoruba tradional leaders and devotees in the Diaspora, a move that Iku Baba Yeye Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III himself has alreadt been championing.
Through our celebrations of various Orisa in the public domain we intend to ensure that our cultural practices become an established and accepted more of our multi ethnic, multiplural/ multiracial society where every creed and race finds an equal place.
As we celebrate ASE ODUN SANGO TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 2015 we call on all of our devotees in Republic of Trinidad & Tobago to join forces with us as we continue to demand National recognition through a day designated SANGO DAY.