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Chapter II - The Yoko Osha Igbodun Rules Part III






About the Iyawo’s Telas de La Parada

  1. The godfather/godmother is entitled to keep the Telas de La Parada of the Iyawo. These clothes are never washed and, from time to time, they are aired and put under the sun. They are essential to save the Iyawo’s life if that were to be necessary.

  2. The godfather/godmother can also hand in these clothes to the Iyawo who can then be sure they are not worn by any other persons; they are not to be lost or mixed up with the clothes of other godchildren’s in case his/her godfather/godmother passes away. Also, things are easier for the Iyawo if he/she lives far away from the godfather and he/she is in need for the clothes to save his/her life.

Other Rules to be observed

  1. The Iyawo must know that the monetary offering given during the Middle Day belongs to both the godfather and the Oyugbona; the money given as offering during the Bata drum performance to the godfather’s Guiding Osha belongs to the godfather and the money offering given during the drumming to the Oyugbona’s Guiding Osha belongs to the Oyugbona. Likewise, all offerings given during the Yoko Osha First Year celebration belong to both the godfather and the Oyugbona. After these special moments, all offerings monetary or not belong to the new Olosha.

  2. The Iyawo must use a fragrance free soap.

  3. The Olosha must know that the heads and legs of animals sacrificed as offering to the Osha and Orisha during Yoko Osha should not be thrown away nor the ashe prepared for the Osha nor the herbs nor the Omiero. Each and every part is useful to reinforce some of the Osha or Orisha or to make a safeguard o protection; an Inshe Osain, etc. All these items can be put under the sun to dry or can be roasted or hang to dry or whatever action may help keep them useful at any time.

  4. The Iyawo must know that after the seventh day, he/she should put the Adimu to his/her Osha in accordance with the Ita and what is customary his/her Osha Ifa family branch.

  5. The Iyawo must take the lid off the tureen periodically to check the level of water; the order inside; replenish the water needed and those which use no water, check the inside. Once everything is as it should be, the Iyawó puts the lid back on each tureen.

  6. The Iyawo can talk to his/her Osha as often as desired and it can be done from a distance or just in front of them.

  7. The Iyawo must know and keep on a piece of paper any personal and religious data on his/her godfather. The information must include: full name and address; religious names, letters or Odun; path of the Guiding Osha and Osha and/or Ifa Birthday dates. The Iyawo must also know the path of his/her Guiding Osha; name of his/her Osha; his/her letters; name of his/her Elegua, Eshu and Ogun and the exact date of his/her Initiation.

  8. The Iyawo must know that no one can license him or her to break the Osha Ifa Rules that tradition, on the basis of the wisdom of our ancestors, has set for all initiated Olosha. Likewise, no one can license the Iyawo not to follow his/her Ita or reinterpret it.

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