img_1786The Western Africa is the source of an ancient religious traditions such as Ifa and Vodun. Many anthropologists consider that the approximate age of religions is 10,000 years. They also agree that the common practices in basis. For cosmology years thousand complicated ceremonies initiations have been developed to the very high level and even now there is no need to append or to make any improvements in it. There are two major religions in western Africa – Ifa and Vodun. These religions have the same basic principles in practices and ceremonies.

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are there Nowadays temples all across Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana, devoted to Ifa and Orisha. There, the perform the ancient rituals with drumbeats, chanting, sacrifices and communicating Spirit the with possession, as it was thousands years ago At present times, Ifa is well known all over the world. Many people find in it the source of strength, confidence coming day, understand to began they themselves and reveal secrets of the Universe. Many became interested powerful religion not because of its efficiency, but also religious-mystical all because components have developed in details.One of the highest and most respected titles in hierarchy of Ifa religion Babalawo what means – «Father of Mystery», the similar title in Vodun is known as Bokono.

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Ifa is a coded Ancient religion message of Olodumare (Creator), revealed to people by a prophet Orunmila (Ela). Witness Destiny or Orunmila is the father of wisdom, knowledge’s understanding. He brought the Law of Olodumare into this world. Ifa is a science where a follower performing certain reaches specific results. knowledge’s will also maintain harmony andwith Olodumare. Ifa in balance keeps an societies what makes a basis of spiritual tradition of Yoruba. Doctrine contains knowledge World is a system perfectly balanced to according functions rules. It supports development and balance of all living religion of Yoruba people – Ifa had been arisen in a cradle of a civilization in a sacred city Ile Ife. It became a source and a basis of all Afro-Caribbean which appeared during slavery in Western countries, such Candomble (Ketu), Lukumi etc.

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Verbal stories Yoruba people informs us, that Ile Ife (city in the Western Africa) is a place where the Highest created people of all races: black, yellow and white. After that, they dispersed across the Earth. All Yoruba tribes as inhabitants of Benin Dahomey trace their origin from Ile Ife (1). The central creative Yoruba religion Olodumare. His force things and displays. Olodumare is a creator of all Irunmole(2) (Orisha) – spiritual secrets maintain Irunmole evolution of the According to Yoruba Irunmole (spiritual forces which are messengers of Olodumare) rule over all existing phenomena in Ikole Orun (Kingdom of Spirit) as well as in Ikole Aye (Kingdom of Earth). The whole world had been created by Irunmole and all living things in it and being by itself.

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The ancient Yoruba Ifa doctrine considers the Universe Olodumare of creation perfect Thousands years ago basis of the accumulated knowledge’s and experience, ancient Yoruba identified primary forces of the Universe, learned how to interact with them and named them all. understood, that the Universe consists from Irunmole, 400 of them constantly stay in Orun (the World of Spirit). The rest part of Irunmole (401), are 200 which from forces and 200 negative they are also known as Ajoogun (these forces bring death, wars diseases). These from Move constantly (Kingdom of Spirit) (Kingdom of Earth) and

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Irunmole know all secrets of this world and are messenger of the Creator, therefore they control all existing phenomena, both in Ikole in and Orun Irunmole – have their personality, their own individuality consciousness. Their influence natural world every of life everyday Irunmole affect various aspects of life, they express complexity and many-sided nature Olodumare. People opportunity for interaction with self-realizing emanations Olodumare.

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of (Irunmole)Ninteraction with them the person can achieve amazing results in private life. Ifa gave knowledges that Olodumare did not create people for sufferings on Earth and, possessing secret knowledge which Ifa gives us, we have possibility to live the way every human being should – in happiness and creation. Understanding of secrets invisible spiritual forces possible, only through interaction with them. That is why in religious-magic tradition, one of the major roles has a discipline named Ifaiyа –that is intended to connection with the forces that have their own self-consciousnesses.Discipline Ifaiyа contains ogbon inu мsotele intuition, aggravated forseeing of the future, alala –communication with through dreams, egungun obsession by the Ancestors and Orisa’gun obsession by Orisha (Irunmole). Yoruba names obsession by the word “ini”, what means “I”. That refers that it is a unification with the transcendental forces which are outside human consciousness. The Yoruba religion (Ifa), learns of first followers the should pay attention to igoke or to spiritual growth and follower will succeed in it, money, health, success will necessary component proper life. For Ifa followers it is important to be able to make the decision according to “ eri-okan “ (clear understanding, the ability to distinguish a correct act from wrong. The literal translation of a word «eri-okan» is feeling of your heart).

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For the better understanding of the River of Life and of the will of spiritual forces followers of Yoruba religion – Ifa a tremendous use Orisha, and range of different systems prediction such as: Obi (cola nuts), Opele (chain of Ifa), Ikin (sacred nuts of a palm tree) and Merindinlogun Studying shells). cowrie prediction systems is a key part of knowledges of all traditions. The whole religious-magic practices are very efficient because Yoruba oracles based on instructions sent world. Spiritual the from highest oracle of system of Ifa is based on 256 Odu (3). 16 of them are superior ones. These 16 Odu create 240 Omo Odu (Children of Odu). number is 256 Odu Ifa. Ifa is a very powerful force, capable to cope with any problem: to reflect ibi (misfortunes), arun (illnesses), ofo (losses) and even iku (death), ejo (judicial precedent), also it is capable to draw into a humans life ire aje (riches), ire (success), ogbo, ato health and a long life), and also igoke – spiritual growth!

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