the Mother of Abundance, blesses all who came before her with her powerful
presence, the attendants were graced with the spiritual drumming of
Olufunmilayo, Akan priestess and master drummer. As well as the drumming
of Olufunmilayo, there was the Ifa Temples own Ogunbayo Aloyinlapa,
master bata drummer who worked the crowd into a frenzied and joyful mood
as they celebrated the gifts of Osun. Singing and dancing marked the
festival and many people reported sharing a feeling of joy. The evening
culminated in good food, including traditional Egusi stew, iyan (pounded
yam), fried plantain, and traditional Liberian spinach prepared by the
tasty hand of Mama Tunde Akinyele, Chief Priestess of Ile Ise Ejiogbe Ifa
Temple. Lively conversations abounded as the celebrants basked in the glow
of Osuns radiance. Osuns festival ended with a closing prayer and well
wishes for all.
Ase! Ase! Ase!
The Story of Osun
Mother of Abundance, Healer of African Women
In the beginning, before the lands when the world was a mass of water
and sea, Olodumare, the Great Creator, who sits up high in heaven and the
sky, sent his children, the Irunmole to create the earth. He sent Ogun. He
sent Obatala. He sent all of his children and last but hardly least, He
sent Osun. They were all prepared to do their work. Osun asked, What do
you want me to do? They laughed. Now everyone was wondering, What is
Osun doing here? This is
mens work. See how small and young she is. Certainly, she cannot help us.
What is she doing here? Osun waited. So, the Orisa all proceeded to do
their work. They commenced lifting, building, hemming, hawing, huffing and
puffing. They worked long into the night and patted themselves on the back
for their hard work. However, unbeknownst to the other Irunmole, Osun, the
wise mother that she is, proceeded to take her matter directly to
Ki ni mo se?
She implored to Olodumare. What have I done? I went to earth only to help
and they cast me aside.
Please help me? Olodumare replied. Ha! Do not worry. You are a mother,
the original mother. They can do nothing without you. Does your womb not
produce life? Beni
Osun responded. Well, then just wait. They will be begging for your
help. With that Osun strapped her child to her back and was on her way.
The next morning Osun and the 400 Irunmole arrived for another day of
work. Again, Osun asked to help. Again, the other Irunmole laughed.
However, their laughs of humor quickly turned to yells of incredulity.
YEEEEEEEEEEE! They cried. Everything was spoiled. The tools broken,
their work dashed. Everything was turned upside down. The mountains they
had worked so long and hard to make were now mud. The grass was so
much fodder. Come, one said. Let us go. This is just a one-day thing.
Let us begin anew. We are Irunmole. We are strong. Nothing can stop us.
Again Osun asked to be included. Again, she was refused. This scenario
went on for several days. Each day became more flabbergasting than the
first. Finally, the Irunmole had had it. Enough was enough. They appealed
to the Owner of the Sky. We plant the crops, the crops fail, the
mountains turn to mud, and oh the bickering. Olorun was thoughtful. He
said, Did you ask Osun? Osun? Who was Osun? They had to pause for a
minute. Finally, it dawned on them who Olorun was referring to. Her!
They exclaimed. How could
They were strong. They were powerful. She was a woman. Olodumare simply
replied, She is your mother. The Irunmole were humbled. With grace and
charm, Osun, appeared, tied her baby to her back and led the way back to
Earth with the powerful Irunmole in tow. Henceforth, whenever there was
work to be done the Irunmole always made sure to propitiate their mother
and all was right with the world.
The moral of the story is:
Man can do nothing without Woman!
Osun is an Aje, a powerful mother. She makes life worth living. She is one
of the original 401 Irunmole who came from heaven to earth. She is also
the only female Irunmole. As, such she holds tremendous power. She has her
own Ase that comes directly from Olodumare. She turns losses into gains.
She overcomes negativity with beauty. Osun is hard working. Among her
Osun Alade Okin (She who wears the fanciful crown of peacock feathers)
Osun Seegesi (Osun the owner of the beaded comb).
Osun makes life worth living.