Shem, Ham and Japheth are actually Ashe, Ohun and Epe

“Oluiwa” which means “ruler/epitome of character” is the title of Iwa who is none other than Oduduwa. The Amorites transliterated it to “Noah”, perhaps unknowingly since the -n- and –l– consonants are interchangeable in the evolution of languages:

(O)luiwa > Lui(w)a > Lu(i)a > Lua > Nua > Nuah > Noah

During one of his incarnations, most likely before the formation of the continents but after the great flood, he had many children as usual. According to the odu called Owonrin meji, Àshẹ, Ohùn and Èpè were the nicknames of three of them and they were born of the same mother. Given that the name “Noah” is a transliteration of “Oluiwa” and the biblical Noah is mentioned as having three sons namely Shem, Ham and Japheth, these three names must have been lifted from the records in the Ifá literary corpus concerning Oluiwa (Oduduwa). This position becomes harder to reject upon applying the technique used in this blog to illustrate how some oyinbo (Amorites) have been mischievously altering names using various means like metathesis and padding the beginning and/or end of words with consonants and/or truncating vowels at the beginning and end of same e.g. Oranfe > Ephraim, Ajaka > Isaac, Eshu > Joshua, etc.


  • for “Àshẹ” they truncated the first letter/sound which is a vowel and padded the end with a consonant

(A)she > She > Shem or Ashe > (a)shem > Shem

  • for “Ohùn” they similarly truncated the first letter/sound and padded the rear with a consonant – note that the -n- in “Ohùn” is nasal and might not have been noticed by the identity-thieving Amorites

(O)hun > Hun > Hum > Ham

  • the Amorites have previously rendered “Japheth” as “Iapetos” and “Yepet”, so it is obvious that these variant spellings were derived by padding the beginning and end of “Èpè” with consonants

Epe > Yepet > Japheth

Epe > Iapet(os)> Japheth

Epe > Iapet(os) > Yepet > Japheth

Nevertheless, this cannot be used to verify the biblical claim about their genealogies simply for the following reasons –

  1. the names Àshẹ, Ohùn and Èpè were not their actual names but nicknames given to them by their people as a result of their activities when each of these three children began to talk. “Àshẹ” means “command”, “Ohùn” means “speech” while “Èpè” means “curse”.
  2. According to Owonrin meji, Àshẹ and Èpè were both killed not long after they started talking because of the threats they constituted to the well-being of the society – the day Èpè was born was the day Àshẹ was killed and the day Ohùnwas born was the day Èpè was killed.

Arọta lò lawo Ajímọta

Sòkòlòrò lawo òde Ìgèdè

Òòjó táa bí Èpè laa pa Àshẹ

Òòjó táa bí Ohùn laa pa Èpè

Òkúta bẹlà mọ sẹjẹ

A díá fún Ohùn tíí sọmọ Ọlọfin

A díá fún Ọlọfin níjọ tí Obinrin ẹ lóyún ojú ẹ sínú


Arọta lo is the priest of Ajímọta

Sòkòlòrò is the priest of the city of Ìgèdè

It was on the day that Èpè was born that we killed Àshẹ

On the day we had Ohùn was when we killed Èpè

The granite breaks into halves without bleeding blood

Cast divination for Ohùn the child of Ọlọfin

Also cast divination for Ọlọfin on the day his wife was pregnant with his favourite child

Even though Ohùn was considered worse than Àshẹ and Èpè he was not killed as Oluiwa consulted his Awo (priest) who performed d’ifa (divination) to know what to do about Ohùn. He was told not to have Ohùn executed but send him away from Ile-If to a particular place eastward. He complied and sent the mother and other people, especially hunters with him for the development of a new settlement. Oluiwa later visited this place and named it Ilu Edan Ere which is now known as Idanre and it is situated in present-day southwest Nigeria.

The people of Idanre are a subset of the ọmOodua but not the ancestors of all dark-skinned peoples as the Amorites want the world to believe. It is not known whether in other incarnations Àshẹ and Èpè also had children but even if they did they would still be subsets of the mOodua not ancestors of the so-called groups like Semites and Indo-Europeans. Since the Amorites rendered the name “Eshumare” (the Saviour) as “HaShem” and Lord in the bible, and his people who are the ọmOodua are called by his name, it is worth investigating if the Amorites used this name in forging the genealogy of the fictional Shem.

  1. According to Ifa, four groups of humans were created after the flood, the first being the blacks and the last being the melanin-deficient ones aka Amorites, oyinbo, etc, and there was no curse of Canaan that allegedly turned him black.
  2. The first set of children that Oluiwa begat after the flood are sixteen in number and they do not include these three and all his children are blacks, therefore the biblical genealogies of Shem, Ham and Japheth are false.

The biblical genealogy of Noah has no scientific basis and it is known that many stories in the bible were lifted from older and original material, which, as has been argued here about the sons of Oluiwa, is none other than the Ifá literary corpus.


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