Make your own Igba Ori
The House of the Head
My Omolet Brenda Beek, who not only looks slightly better than her Blabla but is also the more creative of us two, will as a good Independent Practitioner be making her own Igba Ori, which for us exiles here in The Netherlands prompts questions like “Where can I get a few kilos of cowrie shells for a decent price?” and “Does anybody have a clue what the basic construction usually is made of?” An Igba Ori, by the way, is also called Ilé Ori although, due to many different languages, colloquialisms and lineages, I am not sure if the concepts are always exactly the same. Anyway, the Igba Ori is the physical representation of the metaphysical Ori. On the picture you see one from Nigeria.
When you look at the impressive piece of home crafts, it’s clear that it will be, as Brenda says, “quite a challenge to get it done one for Jaap, one for me; but I will succeed ”! Well, I’m pretty sure she will!
Now if you want to make a container, it reasonably should contain something (grin)! So the next (and quite sensible!) questions was: “Brenda, do you know what goes inside the Igba Ori?” The faithful Omolet, who just like her Blabla feels no obligation to follow any particular tradition that was developed by other cultures in other times in other countries (in fact we are generally forbidden by Ifa to do so!) simply (Please become a member and/or log in to view this article.)