The Story Of Esu

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ORISA ESU is sn outstanding Orisa/Irunmole , transmitter and messenger of the oracles and also of the supreme being , Olodumare, taking (ebos) sacrifices and relating his orders and authorities to men, adhering to his commands and effecting adequate punishment to the wicked on his behalf and accordingly. However, Esu himself once had a very serious battle with (Orisa iku) Death and of which he lost his staff, but Orunmila , the Orisanla in the Yoruba Oracular beliefs retrieved it and gave it back to him , he then quickly established a pact between the two deities. Esu is an important deity with his own considerable authority, he is a very much feared god , he is feared for the evil he can provoke at any point in time. Esu can trick and tempt the weak to evildoing. If such happens, he is called ESU ELEGBARA or ESU SHIGIDI, the avenger, the Orisa who settles scores. Esu can also be looked upon as caring and protective spirit god , he is benevolent, he is worshipped and referred to as "Baba." Esu is having over two hundred names in the Yoruba divinity , he is a gamer ,he is many-sided with diversity in his characters. Esu is a spirit god , the one that is on top of the four hundred supernatural powers. The Yoruba tradition of Ifa recites four hundred and one, Esu however is the power and the Orisa at the top of the four hundred. He isno doubt one of the most feared and powerful Orisas, he is very capable of maneuvering his forms and characters at his own will and also for his own self reasons. In the Yoruba tradition of Ifa , Odu is a chapter in the Ifa poems , the knowledge and study of the Odus must be sequential, they are voluminous and contains of 256 chapters (Odus) Every odu is having up to 800 poems , the poems are called Ese Ifa. According to Ifa tradition, every poem is governed by its own Esu. There are over 256 different forms of existence and characters that Esu has claimed to be. He is a link , descent , spirit being and kinsman of the Ajogun, the malevolent and supernatural powers. There are practically eight Ajogun warlords that are messengers of Esu . The Yoruba Esu is an impartial leader and judge who mediates between the negative and the positive characters , he settles between the benevolent and malevolent supernatural powers. Esu mediates and solicits for every living being by presenting the sacrifices offered by possible victims . The warring Ajogun allows his victim to go away unhurt only when Esu presents the sacrifices offered to him . If the possible victim should refuse to offer the demanded sacrifice, Esu will not mediate for such a victim .

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