|Posted on May 20, 2011 at 5:32 PM|
Odunde = Happy New Year !!!
Odunde originated with the Yoruba Ifa people of Nigeria, West Africa.
Odunde festivals are occasions marked by many celebrations and processions to specific rivers to make offerings to Orisa Osun. Divinations are also a major part of Odunde, throughout the entire event.
The Yoruba Tradition, called Ifa, is very old. It involves the worship Olodumare (God), the Orisa (similar to Saints), and the Egun (the Ancestors).
Osun (same as Oshun/Ochun/Oxum) is one of the Orisa worshiped in the Ifa religion. She is the Orisa of female energy and power. As the Orisa of "Sweet Water," she represents plenty, beauty, vanity, sensuality, and attractiveness. - Ye Ye O . . .
During a Odunde festival, everyone is invited to participate in a procession to the river. The offerings to Osun are one of the sacred aspects of Odunde. During the processional, praise is given to all Orisa, in the sacred Yoruba language and songs. Along with the Bata drums (special two headed drums used only for special occasions), Oriki (sacred songs) are sung in a particular order. Once the processional reaches a "bridge;" incantations, prayers, and offerings are purposed. The Priests and/or Priestesses then ask Orisa Osun if the offerings are acceptable. Once a positive response is interpreted through divination, participants are given instructions to give their offerings to Orisa Osun.
All prayers will then be answered, in the year to come.
The New Year is now officially been blessed.
On the return from the river, there is always much celebration, rejoicing, and a real sense of accomplishment.
Odunde !!! . . . Odunde !!! . . . Odunde !!!