Introduction to Egbe, Heavenly Mates

Presented by: Egbe Imodoye Orisa - This class with Baba Solomon will cover basic Yoruba theology of Egbe and how Egbe exists inside of Orisa worship. Egbe or "heavenly mates" as they are known, are an aspect of Yoruba traditional spirituality that many are just beginning to discover. This class covers types of Egbe, propitiation, iton, oriki, and offerings and the concept of Apebo, or ways to propitiate an Orisa, through another. This course assumes familiarity with Yoruba language and theology in general and is appropriate for practitioners of Orisa traditions involved in Nigeria, Brazil, Cuba, the US and beyond.

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Baba Solomon Omojie
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Baba Solomon Omojie (Osundara) is an Ika and Yoruba priest living and working in Lagos Nigeria. He was born into a family that has been cultivating Olokun in the Edo tradition for the kings of Owa in the Delta state in Nigeria for over 500. years and initiated to Olokun at 12 years old. He holds many titles across Nigeria.

He is initiated to Yemoja and Osun by Olukunmi Egbelade, the Baale Yemoja of Ibadan and holds the title Amoja (sash holder) there. He has also initiated to the Orisas Obatala, Orisa Oko, Obaluaye, and Oya. He is a Baba Egbe having undergone Egbe initiation in both Ibadan and Ilaro. He is an Egungun priest, Onigelede (initiated in Ilaro by Olori Agberu Gelede and an Apena of Ogboni and Asugbo. He holds the title of Idion in Osakpeka society of the Edo/Delta people.

Baba Solomon has studied Merindilogun and ritual practice with many great Babas and Iyas including the Baale Yemoja of Ibadan , the Iya Yemoja from Iseyin , the Iya Omo Meji Sango of Oyo, Olori Agberu (head of both Gelede an Egbe) of Ilaro, as well as Muajero, the Oluwin of ibadan, the Iya Osun of Inisha and Iya Ayo, the Olori Olorisa of Iseyin. While teaching, he also continues to study with his elders.

Solomon holds a postgraduate degree in Criminology from Obafemi Awolowo University and is currently enrolled in a master’s degree program in the same field. He has extensively studied and practiced martial arts and Hindu tantra where he has undergone initiation and taken vows. Additionally he has initiated as a priest of Kunga in the Republic of Cameroon and as such he brings a wealth of cross cultural knowledge and understanding to his role as a teacher, scholar and priest.

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