Introduction to Egungun

Presented by: Egbe Imodoye Orisa - This lecture is on Egungun. In Yoruba culture, egungun are ancestors that have lived a morally good and long life. Immoral, evil/bad people are not classified as ancestors. Egungun are in charge of maintaining the morals and ethics of the community. You will learn: the categories of egungun, types of egungun connected to Orisa, places to worship egungun, oriki, about egungun masquerade, and the importance of opa iku, sacred tool for calling forth the ancestors.

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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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