Eleggua, Orula and the Great Araba Tree
After Laroye dug the hole , he picked his brother up and placed him in the hole . Instead of laying him down he placed him vertically inside the hole and buried him up to his waist leaving his upper body and arms free. when the last bit of dirt was settled, Laroye looked at his younger brother and felt a new sensation come over himself. **This was the feeling of compassion , that Orula brought into the world with his birth. Laroye returned to his home later that day and Obatala was waiting and he asked him if he had buried his brother as he had asked and Eleggua answered with a nod of his head . The old man gave him a look of pity as he turned into the home . Later that night while laying in his Bed Laroye got to thinking about his younger brother all alone , and buried out there in the night . at the first rays of Olorun he got up and decided he couldn’t let the child die of hunger and thirst. So everyday he took food and water to his brother at the foot of the majestic tree. One morning as he was on his way to take the morsels to his brother and thinking in his head of the dangers his younger brother had to face , he heard a voice say unto him. “Dont worry about Orula, I will take very good care of him “. The voice quickly woke Laroye from his stupor . He looked everywhere and saw no one to whom the voice belonged . He continued on his tasks and he heard the voice once more repeat what it had said . To his surprise it was the Tree that was talking to him .. “Emi – (I am) Araba, when your brother Ozain was born he planted me first in his ILE”. Laroye, looked and saw the that the tree was so tall that its top had reached into the the Ile of Olodumare . He knew the voice was coming from way up there , and he knew that when Olodumare wanted to know what was going on earth he could sit on top of the Araba , where he could see everything. This is why Eleggua gave such reverence to this tree. **This tree is sacred to all believers of the religion of African sects that came to Cuba, Brazil, Haiti and even the Americas . Before one can cut a limb or touch the tree one must give reverence to it in the way that Eleggua saluted it .. TEREGGUANA IROKO TEREGGUANA IROKO ARERE TEREGUA IJAGGUO TEREGUAMA ORISA. meaning : All the respect and reverence of you being the seat of the father of the orisa Olodumare . Araba told Laroye that she had taken care of Orula since the day he was planted at her feet . No one would harm as long as he was at her feet she was well respected in the Ile Nigba ( forest) this included the animals as well . Araba told Eleggua as he left ” EMI ( Iam )the forest and the Iya ( mother) of Orula , I will tend to his needs – have no fear ” Thus the song was born saying : Ewe Araba Iya Ifa Ewe ….. The Araba tree is Orula’s Mother.
By: Ota Omi, My Yoruba Exclusive Writer.
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