Well, she should if she doesn’t want to anger Osun.
As she represented Osun at the Grammy awards and also in her Lemonade video, Beyonce is therefore now Yoruba and so should follow our customs and traditions especially now that Osun has blessed her with Sir Taiwo Carter and Rumi Kehinde Carter. Osun is a Yoruba river deity and one of her realms is fertility. When you go to a Yoruba deity for a request, and that request is granted, you have to give some honour to the deity. Those twins belong to Osun.
Taiwo and Kehinde are Yoruba names given to twins in the order that they are born. First out is Taiwo, and then Kehinde. Although Kehinde is said to be the one with more authority who gave Taiwo the command to exit the womb.
We have a long history with twins, once said to be a taboo as were triplets, Yoruba love and honour of twins has prevailed for centuries, which must have become inevitable given the rate that Yorubas have twins. Practically every Yoruba household has twins. A Yoruba town Igbo Ora is said to have the highest occurrence of fraternal twins in the world. We even have names for the children born after twins. Idowu is the next child after twins, Alaba is after Idowu, and Idogbe is after Alaba.
And we have a special song just for twins that Beyonce can sing at Taiwo and Kehinde Carter’s traditional Yoruba naming ceremony. This saxophonist renders it beautifully:
The words to the Yoruba twins song :
The song translation: “I have palm oil, i have beans X2, I am not scared X2, to give birth to twins, I have palm oil, I have beans”. Twins tend to be born smaller than singleton babies and good early nutrition was recognised as key to their ability to thrive as children.
Twins also have their own Oriki. Every Yoruba born has an Oriki. More on that later.
As for the naming ceremony Shola Ola has written his explanation of the Yoruba Naming Ceremony:
The Yoruba culture and tradition has some basic standards that need to be performed in the form of rites upon the arrival of a new life into the world. they believe that performing the rites and rituals will prepare the way of the new born child into the world from the seen and the unseen dangers of the future, and also procure good fortune for the child.
The Yoruba people also consult the Ifa oracle to know the things that the child should do, and things the child should not do, things to eat, and things that the child must stay clear of. All these are done to ward off the uncertainties that might want to affect the child in the future. Unlike the western world, the Yoruba people don’t usually disclose the gender of a child until after delivery. This is still practice among the Yoruba people.
In the motherland upon the delivery of the child, the father of the child would be given the placenta (ibi omo) to go and bury in the forest where no one knows about except the father. the Yoruba people usually say it as an adage that ojo ti a ba ri ibi ni ibi wo ile which means it is the day that a placenta is seen, that it is buried. That is why it is a necessity for the father of the child to be around at the time of delivery, and if there is an impromptu delivery and the father of the child is not around, the next in line to take the placenta to bury would be a close trusted family member. Most times it is the brother or grandfather that get to dispose and bury the placenta.
After it is confirmed that both mother and child are well, what next is the preparation for the naming ceremony of the baby which holds in the next 7days after the child is born.
For the naming ceremony, some major items are needed for the prayers and declaration for the child on the day of the naming ceremony.
- Kola nut: used to pray for long life for the child
- Alligator pepper: used to pray for fruitfulness for the child
- Aadun: used to pray for sweetness in the life of the child
- Bitter kola: also used to pray for longevity of life for the child
- Palm Wine: used to pray for the strength and cheeriness for the child
- Salt: used to declare sweet taste into the life of the child
- Honey: used to declare also sweetness into the child’s life
- Sugarcane: used to declare good health and enjoyment for the child
- Water: used to pray for coolness and peace of mind for the child
- Palm oil: used to pray for softness and calmness for the child destiny
- Money: used to pray for riches and wealth for the child
After the elders have prayed and made declarations they would give the names chosen for the baby.
In Yoruba culture, some certain born child or children have names already before any additional name. twins for example have their special name before any additional name. the first will be called Taiwo while the second will be called Kehinde. Aside from twins born children, there are some babies with special already names upon delivery, and that is basically derived from the nature of their birth and the aura or the omen of their delivery times. After using all the items provided to pray for the child and make declarations, the child will be named and from that moment on the child has a name.
So there you have it. Names , traditions, songs, Oriki and items for naming ceremony laid out in one article. Osun has been gracious and given the twins. Beyonce, over to you. Please do the needful.
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