This work is dedicated to the memory of those Priests and Priestesses of ÒRÌSÀ who passed on the sacred knowledge of this rich oral tradition of the Yorùbá cosmology. We are honored to be able to document and use today’s technology as a vehicle to preserve our tradition in a format that enables us to share it with the world. It has been a spiritually empowering journey and a labor of love. Aside from its exceptional spiritual value, this collection will be useful to students in the area of linguistics, anthropology, African studies and others. It contains two recitations for each of the sixteen major ODÙ IFÁ. It will be published in five languages – Yorùbá, English (available now); (Coming soon in Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese and Haitian Kreyòl ).
IFÁ is one of the sacred oral texts of the Yoruba people of West Africa (parts of present-day Nigeria, Benin, Burkina Faso). This ancient corpus contains the history, cosmology, worldview, linguistic heritage, medical tradition and ethical legacy of the Yoruba people and has been preserved orally through poetic form. ODÙ IFÁ is organized into 256 distinct sections: 16 major ODÙ and 240 minor ODÙ - each containing an innumerable quantity of verses. Traditionally, ODÙ are memorized and transmitted orally by a cadre of priests known as babalawo, who reference the text during divination in order to provide guidance to people seeking advice and resolve for personal issues.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This 3 part DVD series should be of interest to both those interested in African culture and to practitioners of heralism and holistic healing.
Introduction to Yoruba
Culture and Religion
In order to understand Yoruba medicine, it is important to have some knowledge of the culture and cosmology that gave birth to the healing art of the Yoruba. In the first of this 3 part series, Dr. Adewale introduces us to this traditions creation myths, ÒRÌŞÀ, and how traditional herbal medicine compares with modern healthcare.
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Yoruba Nomenclature of Traditional Plants and Healing
Here in part 2 of this 3 part series, Dr. Adewale further explains stories, myths, verses from the IFA Corpus that pertain to herbalism, Osanyin, the Yoruba and botanical names of the plants used in traditional healing, and the human spiritual connection to plants. He also addresses: how to understand and to pay homage by using specific plants to release asé (power); Yoruba beliefs about illness and dietary habits.
The Medicinal Attributes of ORISA Plants: Plant Songs and Omiero
Divination, prayer, song, dance, symbolic gestures, personal and communal elevation, spiritual baths and herbal medicine are core elements of the Yoruba tradition. Yoruba healing methods not only to counteract the negative forces of disease, but also help to achieve spiritual elevation. In the last of this 3 part series, Dr. Adewale explains how divination and herbalism work together, how herbs (ewe) are used in ritual practice, how diviners gather herbs and explores with us the physical and spiritual healing properties of omiero. He also shares more herbal recipes we can use to enhance our overall health.