Are you surprised? Well, think about it. For the benefit of those who don’t yet know and understand what I’m referring to, I’ll now explain. But, kindly now read this previous essay: “Oshun is not Oshogbo.”
Oshe Otura is one of the 256 odus of Ifa. Within is a message from Olodumare about the need to acknowledge and respect females, and the consequence of doing otherwise. Females possess wombs that are portals through which life is birthed, through which the spiritual is made manifest in the physical. The womb is called Odu, as is the divinity of this portal. She is also called Aye. Thus fittingly, as recorded in the odu Ifa called Oyeku Ogbe, when humans (modern humans) were created after the flood, the orisha Odu was the first to be created, personally by Olodumare, who also brought her into this world following which she was called Eni-bi-eni (birthed in likeness) that was modified to Ninibinini (also Nana buluku).
Oshe Otura has it that a very long time ago, Olodumare sent some irunmọlẹs on a mission to this world, and there was only one female among them. Upon arrival, the others went about working on their own and ignored her. So she summoned 135 Ajẹ to her right and another 135 to her left, and directed them to compromise the works of her colleagues. Now, the power of the Ajẹ is entropy (disorder, chaos) which is the only means by which they function. Olodumare created them thus to regulate entropy and prevent toxicity. Thus, nothing her male counterparts did worked, and they reported their failure to Olodumare who then asked them why they had ignored the female among them. So they returned, apologised to her, and sought her input and blessings in all they did and were thus able to complete their assigned tasks.
She was able to render their activities impotent because she’s the portal for the manifestation of life in this plane of existence. And the others had disregarded the fact that by ignoring her their works were lifeless, stillbirths.
Now, the Ajẹ have access to this power as it isn’t theirs, and the Iyami misuse it. This is why Solagbade Popoola a chief of the Iyami, along with fellow Iyami awos craftily didn’t let me and my father see Odu (actually her ojubo/altar which is within a sacred calabash). Thus they killed my father and I but Olodumare kept bringing me back by ensuring that they never successfully ejected me completely to the other side.
Upon considering all the aforementioned, it can be seen, and is acknowledged, that the Ajẹ are powerless without her and that Olodumare has given Odu the authority to beat the Ajẹ when they misbehave which is by abusing her power. Using this as feedback in the analysis of Oshe Otura, one cannot but query how Ifa priests and priestesses assert that Oshun instead of Odu has this power, that Oshun is the female referred to in that Oshe Otura account. They have different roles, different niches. And upon inquiry, Ifa has affirmed and affirms this as true. Faith is logical, not blind.
PS: I’ve now seen her, in the flesh and blood too! Ado-Odo/Ota (Tyre & Sidon of the present age) is her portion and she repossesses it from the Iyami.