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TABOO OR EEWOO

Updated: Oct 19, 2019




TABOO! is said to be orn in holy odu ogunda meji where IFA states humility will help us avoid untimely death The odu showed us how to use ewo (taboos) as a way of making something sacred by abstaining from certain foods or items, we eat or give to the Orisas and etc.




What is Taboo within the Ifa philosophy and why should we follow them.

It is the belief within IFA as practiced by the Yoruba’s of S.W Nigeria . That what we call Taboo’s or (EEWO ) as it is better known in Yorubaland. Are given to every human being on earth, regardless of them being consciously aware or not of them. Taboo’s sometimes can seem to some, as a punishment of sort’s. For example, IFA may state in a consultation/divination via odu ifa . That eating chicken is a particular taboo for you / the client . A taboo of which you must sincerely sustain from.






The length of how long one must sustain form these particular Taboo’s should always be determined by IFA via the diviner or Babalawo. There are a wide range of reasons why taboos are given. And no one person can know all the taboo’s for each odu . But it is essential for the diviner to know as many as possible . As to better help the client avoid things that won’t boost well for him or her. As well as assist the ebo :( prescribe sacrifice) in manifesting to its optimal level .






For example, some Taboo’s are to avoid ingesting a specific type of food or foods/ drinks. Taboo’s are also given on certain attire i.e clothes restrictions for example not wearing anything that is solid black or solid red can be some common taboo’s some I actually share myself. Taboo’s have a wide range spectrum that cannot all be addressed here in this write up. But I will touch on some of the more basic and common ones that can be found and given through the IFA oracle readings and rituals as well as initiations etc.

Now as mentioned previously, taboo’s can range from specific foods we eat as mentioned before to the type of drinks we ingest as well as specific type of clothes we wear or specific places we may need to be aware of avoiding.







They can even go as far as telling us the specific type of people we need to avoid. There are taboo’s given against marrying a specific type of person. Also you may be given a taboo about a specific animal or animals one must not come in contact with or use for any purpose whatsoever. Taboos can be given on certain type of social behaviors or tendencies one should correct and/or avoid all together. Many are given for character trait flaws corrections. Meaning character traits that do not serve us in a favorable manner.

I for one strongly believe any character trait taboo given in any divination. Through the Ifa oracle, should be deeply analyzed and genuinely worked on. For example, ifa gives you a taboo that is advising you to be cool headed/be more of a gentle person in general .








This may mean for example to control your explosive temper as best as humanly possible. Now we will remember ifa speaks truth only and speaks in YOUR best interest. Keep in mind ifa is the word of GOD or better yet your own inner GOD self speaking to you through the ifa oracle odu ifa. But in the end as is with everything in life. It will be up to you to take heed of the advice from ifa or not. IFA can only warn you that there is a cliff up ahead to be careful not to fall off the edge. Now , its always up to the individual to listen and take heed of such warning or continue however they wish ,and suffer the consequences.







Now character trait taboos are of the hardiest taboos to correct in my opinion as well as my experience. Ifa sees this taboo of the greatest importance amongst any other taboo’s that can be given out . One can easily stop wearing a specific color of cloths, stop eating a certain type of food, stop frequenting a certain place, or abstain from being around certain people. These taboo’s are more easily corrected for the most part with little to maybe no effort . Atleast by most of the population. But…….. fixing a character flaw, is not so easy.

For example, Ifa gives us a taboo to be more humble and deceit’s from lying and the client may hear that advice from ifa and tell him or herself “Hmmmm…. nope I am good, iam just going to eat that , or wear that, or I cant help it and so on .









Before we move any further, one other thing I want to mention is the client may fool others he or she may even fool the diviner. But I promise you, you WILL NOT! I repeat you will not get one over on IFA and the ORISAS. In the end, those who do this are seriously only fooling themselves and no one else. Now character trait taboos are of the hardiest taboos to correct in my opinion as well as my experience. Ifa sees this taboo of the greatest importance amongst any other taboo’s that can be given out . One can easily stop wearing a specific color of cloths, stop eating a certain type of food, stop frequenting a certain place, or abstain from being around certain people. These taboo’s are more easily corrected for the most part with little to maybe no effort . At least by most of the population.








But…….. fixing a character flaw, is not More often than not, most people seem to want to brush off the taboo portion of a reading, as if it is somewhat insignificant. Not adhering to the prescribed taboo’s given to you, is a sure fire way. To make your ebo/ sacrifice, already preformed be all for NOT! Unfortunately, for the diviner this is usually when some client’s want to or tend want to point the fingers at the diviner .For IFA declarations not coming to pass. As predicted in the initial reading. One needs to understand that taboo’s are not just simple recommendations by ifa. Nor should they be seen as some type of unfair made up punishment ifa is giving us to make our lives miserable or keeping us away from the things we may enjoy.









Following taboo’s as given by ifa is your personal way of assisting the ebo/ sacrifice to manifest to its optimal level for which it was intended for. When taboo’s are not followed it is similar, to a television set that is projecting nothing but a static imagine on the screen. You can change the channel all you want, but it will be all for not in the end. The reason why, this type of metaphysical static is taking place as per the example of the T.V. set. Is because none complacence with taboo’s causes a scattering of energies in and around your spiritual and physical being. Causing a serious dis-balance of emotions and or psychological disturbances. Not least of which can and will start affecting ones physical state of being and not to mention potentially causing diseases and/or sickness. Of a wide spectrum that are way to many to mention here.










Keeping taboo’s in check and under control. Can only help one to support and maintain a harmonious balance of energies within as well as without. Let’s not forget everything is an energy. And every energy has a vibrational frequency output to it. The higher the frequency being output and maintained the better/smoother things usually go for one by defualt. Negative energies on the other hand as can be imagined carry with them a low vibrational output with them. You, yourself, are also an energy rather you want to believe that or not. You actually emit a vibrational frequency output out into the atmosphere and/or the universe at large, but these energetic frequencies can fluctuate. Sometimes, against your favor or in your best interest so when we decide to engage in things that are taboo for us. We knowingly or unknowingly start to lower our vibration and/or frequencies at large.












Now referencing back to the television set example, I used prior. When we decide, to follow the advice on taboo’s given to us by ifa to the letter. You can make those energetic channels on your metaphysical t.v . set which in this case is pointer to your daily life and living. For you computer speaking people is almost like a metaphysical defrag of sort’s . Of all those energies that surrounding you which if taboos are followed will start to align themselves in your favor .By doing so those energies like that of the t.v set example .Will come in clearly I always like to say “Don’t add more issues to your issues.” When you don’t adhere to your ifa given taboos. Believe me that is exactly what one is doing knowingly or unknowingly to yourself. When one chooses to shrug off taboos, it can as i have explained earlier have dire consequences to one’s life and destiny.











Even to extent of not only affecting you on a personal level. But affecting everyone that you come in contact with on a regular basis. Many taboo’s that we ignore or leave unchecked for an extended period of time. Can cause a ripple effect in the surrounding energy fields around us. Which can influence other’s lives in a negative manner also. These are things one need to think about deeply and take seriously for our own determent and that of those who surround us. All that have been explained here should be taken into consideration when considering taboo adherence designated through the ifa oracle.

Written by Awoifasola/Sangobolade


TABOO!

What is Taboo within the Ifa philosophy and why should we follow them.

It is the belief within IFA as practiced by the Yoruba’s of SW Nigeria . That what we call Taboo’s or (EEWO ) as it is better known in Yorubaland. Are given to every human being on earth, regardless of them being consciously aware or not of them. Taboo’s sometimes can seem to some, as a punishment of sort’s. For example, IFA may state in a consultation/divination via odu ifa . That eating chicken is a particular taboo for you / the client . A taboo of which you must sincerely sustain from.

The length of how long one must sustain form these particular Taboo’s should always be determined by IFA via the diviner or Babalawo. There are a wide range of reasons why taboos are given. And no one person can know all the taboo’s for each odu . But it is essential for the diviner to know as many as possible . As to better help the client avoid things that won’t boost well for him or her. As well as assist the ebo :( prescribe sacrifice) in manifesting to its optimal level .

For example, some Taboo’s are to avoid ingesting a specific type of food or foods/ drinks. Taboo’s are also given on certain attire i.e clothes restrictions for example not wearing anything that is solid black or solid red can be some common taboo’s some I actually share myself. Taboo’s have a wide range spectrum that cannot all be addressed here in this write up. But I will touch on some of the more basic and common ones that can be found and given through the IFA oracle readings and rituals as well as initiations etc.

Now as mentioned previously, taboo’s can range from specific foods we eat as mentioned before to the type of drinks we ingest as well as specific type of clothes we wear or specific places we may need to be aware of avoiding. They can even go as far as telling us the specific type of people we need to avoid. There are taboo’s given against marrying a specific type of person. Also you may be given a taboo about a specific animal or animals one must not come in contact with or use for any purpose whatsoever. Taboos can be given on certain type of social behaviors or tendencies one should correct and/or avoid all together. Many are given for character trait flaws corrections. Meaning character traits that do not serve us in a favorable manner.

I for one strongly believe any character trait taboo given in any divination. Through the Ifa oracle, should be deeply analyzed and genuinely worked on. For example, ifa gives you a taboo that is advising you to be cool headed/be more of a gentle person in general . This may mean’s to control your explosive temper as best as humanly possible.Now we will remember ifa speaks truth only and speaks in YOUR best interest. Keep in mind ifa is the word of GOD or better yet your own inner GOD self speaking to you through the ifa oracle odu ifa. But in the end as is with everything in life. It will be up to you to take heed of the advice from ifa or not. IFA can only warn you that there is a cliff up ahead to be careful not to fall off the edge. Now , its always up to the individual to listen and take heed of such warning or continue however they wish ,and suffer the consequences.

Now character trait taboos are of the hardiest taboos to correct in my opinion as well as my experience. Ifa sees this taboo of the greatest importance amongst any other taboo’s that can be given out . One can easily stop wearing a specific color of cloths, stop eating a certain type of food, stop frequenting a certain place, or abstain from being around certain people. These taboo’s are more easily corrected for the most part with little to maybe no effort . Atleast by most of the population. But…….. fixing a character flaw, is not so easy.

For example, Ifa gives us a taboo to be more humble and deceit’s from lying and the client may hear that advice from ifa and tell him or herself “Hmmmm…. nope I am good, iam just going to eat that , or wear that, or I cant help it and so on . Before we move any further, one other thing I want to mention is the client may fool others he or she may even fool the diviner. But I promise you, you WILL NOT! I repeat you will not get one over on IFA and the ORISAS. In the end, those who do this are seriously only fooling themselves and no one else.

More often than not, most people seem to want to brush off the taboo portion of a reading, as if it is somewhat insignificant. Not adhering to the prescribed taboo’s given to you, is a sure fire way. To make your ebo/ sacrifice, already preformed be all for NOT! Unfortunately, for the diviner this is usually when some client’s want to or tend want to point the fingers at the diviner .For IFA declarations not coming to pass. As predicted in the initial reading. One needs to understand that taboo’s are not just simple recommendations by ifa. Nor should they be seen as some type of unfair made up punishment ifa is giving us to make our lives miserable or keeping us away from the things we may enjoy.

Following taboo’s as given by ifa is your personal way of assisting the ebo/ sacrifice to manifest to its optimal level for which it was intended for. When taboo’s are not followed it is similar, to a television set that is projecting nothing but a static imagine on the screen. You can change the channel all you want, but it will be all for not in the end. The reason why, this type of metaphysical static is taking place as per the example of the T.V. set. Is because none complacence with taboo’s causes a scattering of energies in and around your spiritual and physical being. Causing a serious dis-balance of emotions and or psychological disturbances. Not least of which can and will start affecting ones physical state of being and not to mention potentially causing diseases and/or sickness. Of a wide spectrum that are way to many to mention here.

Keeping taboo’s in check and under control. Can only help one to support and maintain a harmonious balance of energies within as well as without. Let’s not forget everything is an energy. And every energy has a vibrational frequency output to it. The higher the frequency being output and maintained the better/smoother things usually go for one by defualt. Negative energies on the other hand as can be imagined carry with them a low vibrational output with them.

You, yourself, are also an energy rather you want to believe that or not. You actually emit a vibrational frequency output out into the atmosphere and/or the universe at large, but these energetic frequencies can fluctuate. Sometimes, against your favor or in your best interest so when we decide to engage in things that are taboo for us. We knowingly or unknowingly start to lower our vibration and/or frequencies at large.

Now referencing back to the television set example, I used prior. When we decide, to follow the advice on taboo’s given to us by ifa to the letter. You can make those energetic channels on your metaphysical t.v . set which in this case is pointer to your daily life and living. For you computer speaking people is almost like a metaphysical defrag of sort’s . Of all those energies that surrounding you which if taboos are followed will start to align themselves in your favor .By doing so those energies like that of the t.v set example .Will come in clearly I always like to say “Don’t add more issues to your issues.” When you don’t adhere to your ifa given taboos. Believe me that is exactly what one is doing knowingly or unknowingly to yourself. When one chooses to shrug off taboos, it can as i have explained earlier have dire consequences to one’s life and destiny.

Even to extent of not only affecting you on a personal level. But affecting everyone that you come in contact with on a regular basis. Many taboo’s that we ignore or leave unchecked for an extended period of time. Can cause a ripple effect in the surrounding energy fields around us. Which can influence other’s lives in a negative manner also. These are things one need to think about deeply and take seriously for our own determent and that of those who surround us. All that have been explained here should be taken into consideration when considering taboo adherence designated through the ifa oracle.

Written by Awoifasola/Sangobolade


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