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Alata
Dec 30, 2007, 08:28 PM
To Whom It May Concern.

Please download and forward the attached:
Kojoda 2008 Yoruba Calendar (590kb, pdf)


the missiing links == eẹoọsṣ ==

Oldmar, j ka mor de il, ṣẹ.


Introduction
The philosophy of Yrbo is that all humans have Ayanmo (manifest destiny) to become one in spirit with Oldmar (Olrn, the divine creator and source of all energy). Each person in Ay (the physical realm) uses thought or action energies to impact the community of all other living things including the Earth, and so to move towards destiny. As such, one's destiny is in one's hands. To attain transcedence and destiny in rn-Rr (spiritual realm of those who do good and beneficial things), one's Or-Inu (spiritual consciousness in the physical realm) must be elevated to unify with one's Iponri (Or rn). Those who stop improving are destined for rn-Apadi (spiritual realm of the forsaken). Life and death are cycles of habitation in physical body and spiritual realms while one's spirit evolves toward transcendence. This evolution is most advanced in Irnmolẹ (on irun, of the unique hair that distincts humans from beasts; imo, enlightened of destiny, ilẹ on the land)
For most people, iwapẹlẹ (balanced culture), meditation and sincere veneration sufficiently strengthen one's Or-Inu. One is able to gbadra (pray) for support of the Egungun (one's elevated ancestors) or the Or-rn for application of the Odu (knowledge of all ages) to one's benefit. Those with strong motivation to manipulate destiny may consult the Odu through If (divination sciences) and ẹb (offering). In invoking the Odu so directly, care is required to ensure alignment of thought and action. The Odu brings into motion either Orṣ (benevolent or angelic forces) or Ajẹ (malevolent or demonic forces). All communication with the rn is energised by invoking ṣẹ (the essence of Oldmar that gives life to all). ṣẹ is delivered by Ẹlgbara (Eṣu, the divine messenger) who, without distortion or partiality for good or for bad, negotiates communication to the rn and navigates rn forces to the Ay.


Ajodun / Festivals

Sere / January


Erele / February

Olokn (Orṣ of Okn, the deep seas or oceans, patron of sailors, and guardian of souls lost at sea)
Erele 21-25

Erena / March

Annual rites of passage for men
Erena 12 28

Oduduwa (odudu, the dark pigment; ni ewa, is the beauty) / Iyaagbe (iya, mother; agbe, who receives) = Orṣ of Earth and matron of the Ay. The ebony dark skin pigmentation endows the greatest gifts of spirituality, beauty and intellect. Oduduwa as the essence of procreative love, accords sexual potency to the bearer.
Erena 15 19

Oshosi = Orṣ of Adventure and the hunt
Erena 21 24


April / Igbe

Ogun = Orṣ of the metal and war crafts, and engineering. The custodian of truth and executioner of justice, as such patron of the legal and counselling professions who must swear to uphold truth while biting on a piece of metal.
Igbe

Oshun (Orṣ of Fertility and custodian of the female essence. who guides pregnancies to term.
onset of wet season (Spring)
starts last Saturday of April, for 5 days


Ebibi / May

Egungun (Commemoration of the Ancestors, including community founders and illustrious dead.
starts last Saturday of May, for 7 days


Okudu / June

Yoruba New Year
Shopona (Orṣ of Disease, shopona, small pox is a virual disease) and Osanyin (Orṣ of Medicine and patron of the healing professions: osan, afternoon; yin, healing)
annual rites of passage for women
Yemoja = matriarch of the rn-Rere). Oduduwa gave birth to a boy Aganju (Land) and Yemoja (Water) from marriage to Ọbtala. Yemoja in turn birthed many other Orṣ. The old Ile-Ife kingdom arose on her burial site.


Agemo / July

Ọrnmil / If = Orṣ of Divination and founder of the If sciences, whose divination is with 16 palm nuts.
Agemo: first or second weekend in July

Oko (Agriculture) Harvesting of the new Yam crop. Mass gathering of the yoruba

Ẹlgba-Bara (Ẹlgba, one who has power to seize) / Eṣu (shu, to release eject from; ara, the body) = Orṣ of male essence and Power, who is the great Communicator and messenger of the will of Oldmar. No woman should bara (ba ra, to rub with, have intercourse with) a man who has not done Ikola (circumcision: ike, cutting; ola, that saves) in sacrifice to Ẹlgba.
First weekend of July for 3 weeks

Ṣngo (shan, to strike:/ Jakuta:ja, fight; pelu okuta, with stones. The Orṣ of Energy Ara (Thunder) and Manamana, make fire (Lightening) whose divination is with 16 cowries and whose messenger and water-bearer is Oshumare (the Rainbow).
July third week


Ogun / August

Ọbtl = (Ob,to possess; ti ala, of visions or Orṣ-nla, the principal Orṣ). Patriarch of rn-Rere, the heaven of goodly spirits and beneficial ancestors. As Oldmar is too powerful and busy to be pre-occupied by the affairs of any one living being. Ọbtl functions as the principal emissary of Oldmar on Aye, and is the custodian of Yoruba culture. The aso ala (white cloth) worn by Ọbtl initiates is to signify need to be pure in intent and action: A recurring punishment for social misfits was to try to keep white cloth clean in Africa's tropical and dusty climate. The misappropriation of aso-ala connection to Ọbtl was/is a major weapon against the Yoruba in their psychological resistance of foreign invasion, as Christian and Islamic converts were/are indoctrinated that anything considered 'white' is pure: a notion that has also become a key tenet of racialist supremacy
August last weekend


Owere / September


Owaro / October

Oya (Orṣ of the odo Oya (river Niger) whose messenger is Afefe (the Wind), and guardian of gateway between the physical realm (Aye) and the spiritual realm (rn).
Oṣun (Orṣ of the odo Oṣun and patron of the (sovereign) Ijebu nation
October third weekend
Onset of the dry season (Autumn)

Shigidi (Orṣ of rn-Apadi, the realm of the unsettled spirits and the ghosts of the dead that have left Aye and are forsaken of rn-Rere. Custodian of nightmares and patron of assassins.
Solemn candlelight to guide the unsettled away from your residence, else they settle in your dolls or other toys.
October 30 World Slavery Day?


Belu / November


Ope / December
Obajulaiye (Orṣ of Ṣw (Commerce) and owo (wealth).
Ope 15
Onset of the second dry season (winter solstice)

Mikky jaga
Dec 31, 2007, 08:47 AM
Iyaalata,

Thanks for reminding us of the Yoruba Calendar studied in Yoruba lessons in school, but which has become redundant since due to non-usage.

Your attempt to insert pronounciation marks on some of the words are also appreciated even though many of the marks are way off the marks.

Obatala, which you rightly accented is symbolized by white, which you rightly remarked is a symbol of purity. Where the brainwashing you later referred to comes from baffles me. What I would have expected was that white as a symbol of purity in Yoruba religion has nothing to do with any white man's religion. It has been so from time immemorial.

Actually, there is no white man or black man. Black and white are extreme colours to which no human complexion can aggregate to.

Please, keep the flag flying.

Alata
Dec 31, 2007, 07:59 PM
Iyaalata,

Thanks for reminding us of the Yoruba Calendar studied in Yoruba lessons in school, but which has become redundant since due to non-usage.
Your attempt to insert pronounciation marks on some of the words are also appreciated even though many of the marks are way off the marks.
Obatala, which you rightly accented is symbolized by white, which you rightly remarked is a symbol of purity. Where the brainwashing you later referred to comes from baffles me. What I would have expected was that white as a symbol of purity in Yoruba religion has nothing to do with any white man's religion. It has been so from time immemorial.

Actually, there is no white man or black man. Black and white are extreme colours to which no human complexion can aggregate to.

Please, keep the flag flying.


Mickey Jaga,
Your criticism of the material is welcome.
It may surprise you to note that many people still use the Yoruba language. For them it is not redundant to know that somebody has produced a calendar and schedule of festivals.
Please highlight which if any, of the "pronunciation marks are off the marks".
I have no idea what you are referring to as "white man", "black man", or "white man's religion". My post made no reference to these.

Alata
Dec 31, 2007, 08:16 PM
Click these links to view or download:

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Mikky jaga
Jan 3, 2008, 08:16 AM
Iyaalata,

You asked me to cite instances where wrong accents were used. I did not do this in my previous post because my keyboard does not have the facility to put accents directly and also because I thought they were self evident. But after reading your reply, I have decided to point out some of these things I was refering to.

Since I still cannot accent them directly, I use: re for the neutral accent, do for the downward accent and mi for the upward accent. So, here we go with do, re, mi.

Orun was consistently accented as (do mi) whereas it should rightly be (do re)

Ori-Inu should have been (re mi-re mi) instead of (re mi-re re) as you gave us.

Irunmole should have been (re mi re do) not (re mi re re)

ebo should have been (re re) not (re do)

Orisa is (do do do) not (re mi do) etc.

If we can make the writing of Yoruba not Yorubo language computer friendly, we will have a legacy to pass across to our children.

Please keep it up.

Oluwato
Jan 15, 2008, 10:26 AM
Iyaalata,

I just noticed that you have the Yoruba S fonts. That's lovely. I mean ṣ Ṣ, I have been unable to get this. Thanks for sharing that. It would be nice if I could get a list of all Yoruba alphabets with the tonational signs. Do you have that?

Oluwato

Alata
Feb 3, 2008, 04:57 PM
Oluwato,
eyi fun yin

a - - - - - - b - - d - - e - - - - - - ẹ - - ̩ - - ̩ - - f - - g - - gb - - h - - - - - - j - - k

l - - m - - n - - o - - - - - - ọ̩ - - ̩ - - ̩ - - p - - r - - s - - s̩ - - t - - u - - - - - - w - - y

:smile:

Oluwato
Feb 22, 2008, 10:36 PM
Iyaalata,

Thanks for the fonts. I wondered if you have (or know someone who could create) Yoruba vowels of Ẹ ẹ and Ọ ọ with the do and mi signs as in , and , .

Thanks again.

Oluwato

PS: If you have a list of the 401 oris̩as as well, kindly share.

Bode_Boluz
Feb 22, 2008, 11:14 PM
This is great!! Good work there Iyaalata.

This is what I am talking about.

A positive step to document and enlighten Villagers about important cultural points and issues.

To this end, I encourage the Dude who wrote the "Declining Igbo Culture (http://www.nigeriavillagesquare.com/articles/guest-articles/is-igbo-language-and-culture-really-an-endangered-spe.html)" Piece and all those who feel strongly about it to do the same with the Igbo heritage.

Heck anyone who has anything of accurate historical interest about any of our great Ethnic Groups, please feel free to post it!!!

We want Educatin' Folks. Roll out the info!!! Let us have a positive celebration of culture.

SNB
Aug 16, 2008, 08:48 AM
Alata,
Thanks for this refresher. Can you give me the days of the week in Yoruba? I keep mixing them up.

I never forget the months cos I grew up singing the months as a song....so it stuck with me.

Aiku
Isegun
Ojo Eti
Ojo ru
Ojo bo
Eti
Abameta

Did I get the days right?

A refresher on numbers too would be nice.

Please start a new thread. O seun gan.

UncleTisha
Aug 16, 2008, 09:19 AM
Alata,
Thanks for this refresher. Can you give me the days of the week in Yoruba? I keep mixing them up.

I never forget the months cos I grew up singing the months as a song....so it stuck with me.

Aiku
Isegun
Ojo Eti
Ojo ru
Ojo bo
Eti
Abameta

Did I get the days right?

A refresher on numbers too would be nice.

Please start a new thread. O seun gan.


Aiku
Aje
Isẹgun
Ojo ru
Ojo bo
Eti
Abameta

goddied
Sep 8, 2010, 05:27 AM
really fantasticccccccccccc

Ewuro
Sep 28, 2010, 04:33 PM
Alaata,
I hereby commend you on your knowledge and pedagogy of the yoruba language and culture. I hope you will be doing more of this in the future by picking on a topic, give your own opinion and throw it open to discussion.
I suggest a few topics here: Ifa and other Yoruba forms of religions; I know this is big, you can break it down into study components. You may lead us to other references.
Yoruba Medicine - Agbo, Agumu etc.
Yoruba fashion:- Gele. Fila, Sokoto, Buba, Agbada, danshiki. gobi, -Yoruba Women hairstyles - Suku, Ipako elede, etc
Abiku or Abiye
Ebo or Ebora or Irumale
Aje, Oso
Yoruba music - Gbedu, sakara, ege, etc
yoruba farming, fishing or animal husbandry
Yoruba numerology - Ogun, Ogoji, ogota.

I know this is daunting, you may be the light of Yoruba rennaisnce if you can make an attempt here.

Yoruba ko ni bajee O!

Mikky jaga
Sep 29, 2010, 08:43 AM
Alaata,
I hereby commend you on your knowledge and pedagogy of the yoruba language and culture. I hope you will be doing more of this in the future by picking on a topic, give your own opinion and throw it open to discussion.
I suggest a few topics here: Ifa and other Yoruba forms of religions; I know this is big, you can break it down into study components. You may lead us to other references.
Yoruba Medicine - Agbo, Agumu etc.
Yoruba fashion:- Gele. Fila, Sokoto, Buba, Agbada, danshiki. gobi, -Yoruba Women hairstyles - Suku, Ipako elede, etc
Abiku or Abiye
Ebo or Ebora or Irumale
Aje, Oso
Yoruba music - Gbedu, sakara, ege, etc
yoruba farming, fishing or animal husbandry
Yoruba numerology - Ogun, Ogoji, ogota.

I know this is daunting, you may be the light of Yoruba rennaisnce if you can make an attempt here.

Yoruba ko ni bajee O!

Alata has not been featuring on NVS for quite some time now. I just hope Sango has not taken him away.

I hope your request will bring him back.

ampaho
Dec 4, 2010, 12:18 PM
You will find the 2010 Kojoda calendar here and a comprehensive English-Yoruba dictionary with audio..

jolome.com/yoruba/

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Ola