These two reports came in the same week. Same Yoruba people on different sides of the Nigerian border. Same ancient tradition.
In this first one, joy and rhythm, tradition , respect and homage paid to our ancestors in (now faraway ) Benin
This fascinating series of pictures shows the Living Ghosts of Benin, who villagers believe to be a conduit to their ancestors.
Tradition holds that if they are touched by an Egungun, they will die, as will the ghost. The Egungun, one of Benin’s secret societies, appear as masked men who pass judgement in disputes.
The Egungun speak in a high-pitched and altogether un-human and unsettling falsetto tone, similar to…
In this other report anger, hate and violence disrespect to our ancestors. From devotees of the self acclaimed “religion of peace” in Kishi –
About twenty-five people have been reportedly injured in a clash between some Muslims and Egungun worshipers (Masqueraders) in Kishi, Oke-Ogun area of Oyo state.
The ugly incident is happening at a time the traditional ruler of the town, Oba (Engineer) Moshood Aweda Lawal Arowoduye 11, the Iba of Kishi is celebrating his 20th coronation anniversary, which is to hold between May 4th(Today) and 6th, 2017.
Public Relations Officer of the state Police Command, Mr. Adekunle Ajisebutu confirmed the incident to journalists.
Ajisebutu revealed that the state police command has now provided adequate security to restore peace in the town.
DAILY POST gathered that problem started on Tuesday when a Muslim cleric identified as Alfa Lati, insisted that masqueraders observing the annual Egungun festival should not pass through his (Alfa Lati) street, located at Koso, Mapo area of the town.
The masqueraders considered this as an affront on their own religion, and passed through the street, claiming that Kishi town belongs to every indigene of the town, irrespective of religious affiliation.
It was also gathered that following an instruction from Alfa Lati, his followers reportedly attacked the masquerade (Egungun) with stones and other dangerous weapons, a situation that forced the Egungun to remove his mask, and ran for dear life.
In the melee that ensued, no fewer than 15 followers of the masquerade reportedly sustained serious injuries, and this made the furious Egungun worshippers to plan a reprisal attack on Wednesday.
A source informed journalists that over 10 people from both sides were also injured during the reprisal attack on Wednesday.
It was also learnt that some of the injured persons have been taken to the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, Kwara state for medial treatment.
Reacting to the incident, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the International Council for Ifa Religion, Oyo state chapter, Baba Awo Awogbemiga Bogunmbe called on the police and other security agencies to ensure that justice is done.
While condemning the attack on the Egungun worshipers, Bogunmbe noted that the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria makes the country a multi-religious one in which every citizen is free to practice whatever religion of his or her choice.
He noted that there was no time traditional religion worshippers disrupted activities of adherents of other religions in the country, calling on the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi 111, to use his good offices to liberate traditional religion against perpetual oppression by “foreign religions”
Shame to the Alfa! Shame to those throwing stones and injuring people celebrating our tradition! This is not an isolated incident. Hate for traditional spirituality has been self perpetuating since colonial times when Abrahamic religions gained a stronghold and meant access to colonial officers and their Futa stooges. Even more worrying is that the closer to a “first class” Oba’s throne we get in Yorubaland, the louder the Abrahamic hysteria! This latest hateful incident happened in Oyo,.. Does the Alaafin have the will to rein in the overzealous Muslims in his kingdom, being that he himself is a staunch muslim? The colonisers have been gone for over 60 years now, can we begin the process of uncolonising our minds?
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse you come across these folk who have abandoned their own ancestors to worship Prince Philip!
How can they worship him? Are there Pacific Islanders in the German Greek ancestral Royal lineage? Does Prince Philip look like them? Is their success aligned with his?
How did they come to this notion? A little bird said that probably the people who told them about Jesus , didn’t have a picture /painting of Jesus to hand and showed them Prince Philip’s photograph instead. He or she, said to them that if they “behaved well” ie did not resist colonisation, then he Prince Philip, would come from over the sea to save them one day. Sound familiar?
But how are they different from those Yoruba people always claiming to give birth to Koran-clutching babies, who throng yearly to stone an Arabic monument? Who will also tear their own ancestral tradition to shreds in defence of a story they too were once told by foreign visitors?
And if those Yorubas had been given Prince Philip photo as Messiah or Prophet? There would be absolutely no difference at all between them and these “pranked” villagers! Perhaps it is better for the Pacific villagers that they worship Prince Philip because once he’s gone, hes gone, and then hopefully they will reset their spirituality to default.
Watch the video and cover your face in embarrassment for them. Anyway, I wish you Happy Sunday as you get ready to go to church.
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