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It’s dangerous for Yoruba to shun rites for dead and new kings – Elebuibon, Ifa High Priest

The  Araba  Awo of Osogbo and prominent Ifa High Priest, Ifayemi Elebuibon, tells FEMI MAKINDE in this interview that there will be serious implications for new Obas and their families if the tradition of performing certain rites on their predecessors is stopped. The Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, had stopped Osugbos (traditionalists) from hijacking the corpses of Ijebu Obas that pass on, for ritual purposes
What is the significance of the rites usually performed on an Oba before his coronation, particularly in South-West Nigeria?
That is the most important aspect of coronation. Any Oba who did not allow such rites to be performed for him is not different from an ordinary citizen. Such person is not an Oba in the real sense of it. The rituals of coronation are what make them superior to the ordinary people in the town. They must go into seclusion, learn so many things, communicate with their ancestors and they will be taught so many things. Even the crown is sacred; it is not an ordinary cap. So, any Oba who refused these rituals is not different from ordinary persons in the town.

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