This brief essay is aimed at resolving the speculations that have been put forth about the etymology of the appellation ORUNMILA by which Otito (Egyptologists “Thoth”) aka Ibikeji Olodumare (Vice-Gerent of Olodumare) the irunmole/orisha of wisdom is popularly known.
When Are (the Presence/Being) aka Akamara began creation, still ongoing, that of the subset that is our solar system which includes our planet also began then, and after seven hundred and seventy-seven thousand seven hundred an seventy-seven (777,777) years our planet was set. Water covered the entire surface. The supreme creator started this process by begetting a set of twin entities, actually irunmoles, with the elder as the second to emerge. The first but junior is Iri (Primordial Dew) which is Olofin Otete who would later be known also as Oduduwa while the elder is Imi (Primordial Breath) aka Ela, Ifa, Oshu (Hebrew Nehushtan), Ashe, who is luminous and the sound O (Ọ; translated as Thought) – this is seen in the breath of creatures that breathe being saturated with vapour. Are then pa (imputed) Ashe into the Iri by blowing Imi into it which which began an itu reke-reke (chain reaction expansion; itu is expansion, explosion) – else it would have been a stillbirth. First, it quickly hardened via crystallization into horo eepe kan (a grain of “sand”; horo is grain, eepe is “sand” and kan is one) and then tu (expanded, brought forth) to multiply into an agbon eepe kan (asteroid, meteor, meteorite, one eepe aggregrate) which then tu via an explosion that reke-reke till date and that oyinbo scientists call the big bang. Also, they refer to horo eepe kan as the Higgs boson or the God particle. Thus Are is also called
Iri tu wili tu wili
Primordial Dew bring forth quickly again and again
Iri tu wili tu wili
Primordial Dew bring forth quickly again and again
Iri tu wili-wili
Primordial Dew keep multiplying
Koo tu reke-reke
Bring forth to expand infinitely
Concurrently with the emergence of these twins, Akamara who is also called Origun set about coordinating the itu and sent Imi on a mission to search the ever expanding big bang for a place suitable for the establishment of biological life. He found this planet four hundred thousand (400,000) years after its creation and stayed here, alone with no one to communicate with, for four hundred (400) years and was walking on the water. Thereafter he reported back to Are – thus the first breath was of Are breathing out then in – who immediately handed it over to a female irunmole irunmole named Aye (available space, vacuum), one of the many irunmole who emerged from the itu agbon eepe kan, and gave him one of the agbon eepe from that itu to bring here and use to create land. Are also enabled Oshu for this by commanding him: “O ro!” (O descend) which is concatenated into Oro (speech, uttered word/message/thought). When he arrived, he dangled in the sky, broke the agbon eepe into several smaller agbon eepe, that is, meteors, and dropped them as a meteor shower into the water. The consequent rapid crysallization, which was not explosive as the water tempered it, resulted in crust that covered the entire water. Then he returned.
Aye began living here on this planet which thus became known as Ile Aye (home of Aye), but she was lonely so one hundred thousand (100,000) years after Oshu found it she sought out Otito, known then as Forankun kan soso owu who performed Ifa consultation for her. He informed her that a most powerful being was on the way and she had to do some things in preparation which included the preparation of a concoction in a pot as an odu ikoko (unknowable pot). This being who is Are however emerged on Ile Aye both as a twin with and begetting Oshu as they arrived together. Oshu emerged first via Otura Irete and for three hundred and three days he announced the coming of Are who then appeared on the last day via Odi Irosun. Thereafter, Oshu became known as Oshu omo Are (Oshu offspring of Are; The Issuance offspring of Are) or Oshumare while Are became known as Olodu-ikoko ti ntan Oshumare (the bearer of the unknowable pot that ejects Oshu the offspring of Are) or Olodumare. The total number of irunmoles present, all, was eight hundred and one including Aye and Otito. Then Are who is also called Osin (Ruler; sin is worship) ascended into his afin that is Oorun (sun) in Orun and became known as Olorun (Bearer of Orun), and also ordered two hundred of them permanently to his right in Orun, two hundred to his left also in Orun, and four hundred and one to the centre who shuttle to Ile Aye and Orun repeatedly. The portion of Otito was however embedded with Ile Aye and, given that he is in the likeness of Are, he fervently desired for his own niche in Orun.
Olorun then tried to make this planet habitable for biological life. For this he sent Ogun the irunmole of iron and he brought some wood while some other irunmoles like Ija and Oshoosi followed him. They could not succeed and began eating the wood before returning to Olorun. Oshu was the next to be sent and he brought some water with him. Some other irunmoles like Alaaanu, Oloore, Sungbemi, Magbemiti, Losootoro, Eroko and Larogbe accompanied him but eventually they all likewise failed and began consuming the water and he reported back to Olorun. Then Olofin Otete was sent and this time he did something which his predecessors naively had not. He had Ifa consultation done for him and from this was advised to take along some seeds and food and use the wood and water of his predecessors.
Now, Origun begat Olu-Iwaye who would later be called Aganju also known as Ile gbigbona (magma, hot earth) and Ina (flame, fire). This occurred as a huge solar flare which had a magma nucleus. Olu-Iwaye then begat Baba Ashemuegun Sunwon (the comet) who is commonly known as Obaluaye and as Shanponna the irunmole of the loop that manifests as regeneration – which enables reincarnation and natural cycles. A portion of the flared solar magma was released and the former cooled to the point of ice formation to become a comet. Baba Ashemuegun Sunwon then begat Olofin Otete who navigated agbon eepe kan (an asteriod) embedded with the seeds of biological life to Ile Aye. This manifested as an asteriod as large as the planet Mars breaking off the comet and striking Ile Aye, sixty-four thousand (64,000) years before the great flood. It sank completely into the ground but did not reach the underground water.
Such was the impact that numerous fissures (deep cracks in the ground) appeared that connected the underground water to the ground surface. However, the amount of water that was consequently seeping out of each was too little to wash one’s face or foot, appearing thus as minute puddles, all owned by Osa (irunmole of seashores and their waters) and Okun (irunmole of lagoons, seas and oceans). These two had also fervently desired for their respective niches.
It also knocked off the portion of Forankun kan soso owu, without mixing, as a single large chunk from Ile Aye, above sanmo (sky) and into Orun but still close enough to be within the gravitational field of Ile Aye as its satellite. Oyinbo scientists refer to this event as the giant-impact theory or the big splash or the Theia impact. This satellite was shining in the likeness of Oorun, as seen in the epithet Ibikeji Olodumare, but with its ala (light) imputed from Oorun. As Oshu is Ela the irunmole of ala, it became known as Oshu pa or Oshupa (Oshu imputes). Since Forankun kan soso owu sun (shifted) there, he became known as Osun (the Shifted One; transliterated by Assyriologists and Sumerologists as the moon god Sin) which is seen in his people of Ekiti (Accad/Akkad/Agade) existing as a satellite of rather than embedded as a part of the omo Oduduwa confederation – they are not fellow omo Oduduwa but omo Osun or omo Orunmila and are famed for their wisdom, producing the greatest number of PhD holders (or professors, I’ve forgotten which exactly) and his lineage still exists there e.g. the Ewi of Ado-Ekiti is a direct Y-chromosome descendant (the claims by the Araba Agbaye and the Awolodumerindinlogun, supposedly the highest order babalawos, about being his direct descendants is totally misleading and schizoid as they are actually descendants of Orungan).
Forankun kan soso owu then exclaimed: “Orun mi ti la!” or “my portion of Orun has become free”.
For some info about an asteroid hitting this planet, see https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/life-bounced-back-fast-after-dino-killing-impact/?WT.mc_id=SA_FB_SPC_NEWS
For some info about the asteroid impact that released the moon, see https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant-impact_hypothesis
Skeptics who dismiss the dates put forward here should know it is a fact that oyinbo laboratory dating techniques are not absolute https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-would-it-take-to-prove-the-resurrection/?_e_pi_=7%2CPAGE_ID10%2C9595256732
“There’s also the awareness in the scientific community of the plesence of the building blocks of life like the amino acid glycine on comets, see
The surface of the nucleus is generally dry, dusty or rocky, suggesting that the ices are hidden beneath a surface crust several metres thick. In addition to the gases already mentioned, the nuclei contain a variety of organic compounds , which may include
methanol , hydrogen cyanide,
formaldehyde , ethanol, and ethane and perhaps more complex molecules such as long-chain hydrocarbons and amino acids .  In 2009, it was confirmed that the amino acid glycine had been found in the comet dust recovered by NASA’s Stardust mission . In August 2011, a report, based on NASA studies of meteorites found on Earth, was published suggesting DNA and RNA components (adenine , guanine , and related organic molecules ) may have been formed on asteroids and comets. ”
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Recall that after the great flood of 160 days, when Oduduwa had stolen the bag of Oshu (Obatala) and was asked to return it, he stubbornly refused and eventually transformed into a stone (actually agbon eepe kan) and sank into the ground while taking the bag with him.