Sometime during the afternoon of September 21, 2011 I was contemplating about the connection, if any between the biblical Edomites and the Edo/Idu people of Nigeria. Then I received the answer – the red colour.
Many people have wondered what happened to the Biblical Edomites after Hellenist (Amorite/Greco-Roman/West) conquest. Some have assumed that Satan’s synagogue who are the Jews are the Edomites, some have argued instead for the Caucasians/Amorites. Such assumptions are misleading as the implication is that Isaac (Ajaka) and Rebecca (Abẹkẹ?) had as ibeji (Aku for twins) a black man (Aku; re-lexified to Jacob) and an Amorite/Caucasian (Esau). Another proof that the Edomites are not Amorites is the biblical prophecy of Ezekiel 25 where it is mentioned that the people of the east who are the Amorites that took over Mesopotamia would invade the lands of the nations of the Levant, of which Edom is one, and displace the indigenous inhabitants.
In order to identify the extant descendants of Esau it is best to consider cultural patterns associated with the eponymous ancestor and his descendants as recorded in the bible. The RED colour stands out as the most useful marker:
- When he was born “he came out red” (Genesis 25:25) – most likely he had a reddish-brown skin tone.
- He was also called Edom because of a red stew which, according to Genesis 25:30, he liked to consume, perhaps his favourite. Aku was aware of this trait (Genesis 25:29-30) and perhaps used it to his advantage in getting the birth right.
- The nation that came out of him was known to the Greeks as Idumea or red people.
- Scholars have noted that Edom territory or Idumea is marked by the presence of reddish sandstone. Perhaps Esau (aka Edom) settled in that territory because of his innate attraction to the red colour (Genesis 36: 6-8).
- In Isaiah 63:1-3 the Saviour who is Eshumare (Èshú), is described as dressed like an Edomite after dealing with the Edomites because his white garment became dyed with blood which is of red colour.
Remarkably, the Edo people and their Edoid/Igboid descendants in southern Nigeria also share this peculiar attraction for the red color. They are the people of the Benin Kingdom located just east and south-east of the Aku (common name for the chosen heirs of Oduduwa; a.k.a ọmọ Oodua or offspring of Oodua/Oduduwa) territory with whom common history and traditions is a known fact.
- They wear red attires with lots of red beads as seen in the pictures from http://www.nairaland.com and video below. This has been their distinctive marker amongst Nigerian peoples.
- The ancient name of Edo is Idu, the name of their progenitor is Idu, and her people bear names with Idu as prefix or just Idu.
- In Nigeria, their homeland is the region of highest cultivation of the oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) from which the reddish-orange palm oil is derived; they, along with the Igbo who appropriated their culture and were ejected from the Edo kingdom in 1748, dominate the palm oil market as they are the largest wholesalers and retailers.
- A lot of violent crimes including cult activities take place in their homeland with the attendant bloodletting.
- They have always sought to annex the territory of the ọmọ Oodua and claim to be their seniors.
- They were sacked by the same set of Amorites, that is, British/Babylonians, a repeat of history.
However, the Edo people seem not to know their pre-16 or 900 CE history which may be due to lack of publicly available written records upon migration into West Africa from the Levant, just like the Aku people, and/or a deliberate attempt at dissociation from the Esau and related prophecies. Other similarities unrelated to the red colour include:
- Edo is situated southeast of Aku territory, just as the biblical Edom
- According to Amos 9:12, ọmọ Oodua would possess the remnant of Edom at the end of the 4th age; this re-occurred during the present 6th age from the 12thcentury CE when Ọranmiyan who is Aku and the orisha of the irunmọlẹ called Osoosi, an Aku prince, ambassador and later king, became ruler of the Edo people upon their request and approval by Ifa; he established his son from an Edo princess as the Oba (king) of Edo, thus re-establishing the Oba dynasty, and some Edo peoples like the Esan, Isoko, Urhobo etc later emigrated from Edo.
- In the Book of Jasher is the narrative of how Esau was beheaded near the tomb of Aku (Jacob) who is Ọranyan/Ọranmiyan (Orion) and his head remained with Aku’s children while the Edomites ran away with the headless body of their ancestor. Fast-forward to the 12thcentury CE when Ọranmiyan (same person; atunwa/reincarnate) was sent to become Oba of Edo and establish a dynasty. Whenever an Oba (Oranmiyan’s descendant) slept his head was taken to a site in Ile-Ifẹ (spiritual home of the Aku; corresponding to Jerusalem) called Ọrun Ọba Ado (resting place of Edo kings).
- Just as Esau and the Biblical Edomites were associated with dubiousness and ancient envy against the Aku, the Edo have not stopped fabricating tales to distort history and justify their crave for seniority.
- Ajaka (re-lexified to Isaac) told Esau that he would live by the sword (Genesis 27:40). The royal symbols of authority in Edo are the ceremonial swords, and the Isoko and Igbo threaten a lot with their cutlasses and machetes.
- Ajaka had two sons, Ọranmiyan (Jacob) and Ado (Edo/Edom) who became Alado (king) of Ado (Aku for Edo). Ọranmiyan, though the younger, inherited the land while the Ado/Edo was sent away (Genesis 36:6-7). Isẹdalẹ, the other name for Ado/Edo, is a compound name with the main part Isẹas the actual pronunciation of Esau. A crude translation of Isẹdalẹ could be ‘the first to arrive on earth’ which indicates that he was the first of the twins to be delivered.
The do in Ado/Edo is translated as copulation or the satisfaction of sexual desires or reward-seeking behavior, and Ado/Edo refers to a person of lewd character. It turns out that such propensities are exhibited by dopaminergic individuals of which associated behaviors include preference for instant gratification. Unsurprisingly, the people of Edo, including other former Edo peoples like the Etsako, Isoko and Urhobo, are known for their peculiarly high promiscuity and prostitution used for the acquisition of material rewards, and their women are of extremely pretty countenance. Italy has been a notorious destination for many Edo girls and women to engage in prostitution, both voluntarily and otherwise. Non-Edo men have testified of the propensity of these females to give in to the satisfaction of sexual desires, especially since expatriates moved to the Niger Delta area and the associated prospects of acquiring oil dollars. The impact on the Edoid peoples nonetheless has been a consistently high level of violence as warned in Leviticus 19:29. There are lots of children without true identities, who have not known their fathers, and who are half-castes; children of iniquity. Violent crimes including abductions frequently occur and are not limited to politics. Youths, especially of higher education institutions, and elders are members of violent cult groups. Thankfully, Eshumare has been showing them mercy (cf. Numbers 24; Isaiah 11:14; Amos 9:12).
The name Edom is false as it is actually Edo, and does not immediately translate to red as the translation in the bible is one of the many such mischievous and/or delusional re-lexifications by the Amorites (Gentiles/oyinbo) of the bible. This is proof that the use of the delusional translation of the name Edom based on its -d-m consonants to translate the biblical Adam is fictitious (Amorite academic fallacy and his-story – white supremacists’ distorted accounts of times gone by) as the Adamọ/Adimu is the actual name and unlike Edo it possesses an -m- consonant. Edo and Adam does not mean red but the red colour is associated globally with lust and violence (blood-letting). “Edo” probably means “the dopaminergic/lewd/carnal one”.
The association of violence and reward-seeking behavior with Ado/Edo is seen in the account of Genesis 25:29-34 when Isẹ went hunting and returned home quite famished, but Ọranmiyan, taking advantage of the situation after perhaps having observed over time his brother’s high dopamine activity, gave him (Isẹ) some red stew in exchange for his (Isẹ’s) birth right ( Genesis 25:29-34). The aftermath of this episode was that Isẹ was thereafter called Edo, perhaps by his parents who had probably been noticing the same high dopamine activity.
Many people around the world seek to discover their talents, their niches. That of the Edo is quite simple to identify as it is that peculiar drive which so far has been channeled towards lewdness, as seen in the number of Edo persons trafficked continually to Europe for prostitution, the highest in Nigeria. Perhaps they can effectively tackle this by coming together to find their niche where this drive can be positively channeled for the benefit of their society. It could have been such that brought fame and splendour to the former Benin kingdom from the 14th to 18th century CE.
Some YouTube videos from MadMonarchist and Nedugie –
More pictures can be seen at http://cometonigeria.com/forum/index.php?topic=1828.0 and http://www.randafricanart.com/Benin_Oba_commemorative_heads.html