Oggun And His Abuses
The sad story of Oggun not only brought the Araye into the world or sexual abuse but as well the saddest part of abuse the coercion of others as well. It is without saying that of all Oddúa’s children , Oggun was the center of controversy while he remained arrogant and abusive to everyone. Always to take the advantages when others where not looking or committing the abuses he undertook , Oggun indulged in his morbid desires . His selfishness possessed him and his truly believed he could obtain everything and everyone around him. Oggun was he who allocated the food in the home , he would use this as his weapon and advantages over his siblings to obtain his hold and position for pure selfish reasons. Always of problematic and fury character , it was because of his temperamental rage that nobody knew if he was of good or foul mood . Oggun , told his siblings he would withhold their meals if they had told Oddúaor anyone else what was transpiring within the home during Oddúa’s absences, most of tell him of the of his sexual abuses on his mother Yembo, who he never respected . Oggun had broke all of Oddúa’s confidences in him to obtain his own desires. As Oddúa left in the morning Oggun would then force himself upon his mother , since he thought of her as just another woman. And Yembo kept this information and abuse away from Oddúa as she feared Oddúa’s reactions, Oggun’s deeds where extremely serious and caused her such embarrassment. she knew that if Obatalá had known the consequences would only end in major disgrace. Ogguns elder brother could always see in him the evil deeds that where to come , for this the two brothers where not close and Argayu kept his distance , but he never could believe that his brother Oggun was capable of such despicable acts such as to abuse his mother. Argayu came to visit one day very early and to his surprise he found Oggun once again abusing his mother. He became petrified and speechless, what he had seen was so great for him that it caused his dual being to explode and come together simultaneously. The skies of heaven turned red as blood and the Volcano began to erupt violently . The earth shook with such ferociousness and it opened up , and from within tongues appeared destroying everything in its path. The tongues they saw coming from the earth where flames of fire, an unknown element till this moment in time. Fire was and still is Ogguns worst enemy. ( metal melts in contact with fire) The beating that Oggun received from Argayu was enough to stop Oggun only for a short time as he planned and stewed on new ways to overcome Argayu’s surveillance’s to continue in his ways. Although it must not go unnoticed that with these acts here is where fire was discovered . Argayu as well like Yembo decides not to tell his father in fear of embarrassing his mother and provoking a reaction only to end in disgrace. some say in Africa today that when the Volcano erupts it is because Argayu is punishing Oggun for his illicit acts upon their mother. after a few short months of peace Oggun had discovered another way to work around Argayu’s watchful eyes and started his abuses once more. He would intimidate his younger brothers Osoosi/Ochosi and Ozun that where so afraid to loose their meals from the hands of their older brother they allowed him to blackmail them in return they would play ignorant to the abuse in their father’s home. The only brother he could not intimidate was the youngest . Oggun tried to blackmail him with the abundance of food and the youngest brother only glared at him with the fury of despise , it was here that Oggun knew he had found in this brother the formidable enemy . That is when Oggun tried to make the young princes life impossible and refused him food . this young prince was Eleggua the playful and bad mannered as well as the jokester of the family . [Note: Is here that Oddúa transforms into Obatalá] One day after Obatalá had left , Oggun began his ritual of abusing his mother . Yembo resisted his brutal attack but was over taken by his brute force. As he raped his mother there upon the door came three knocks. Oggun rose up and crossed over to the doorway and he opened the door . There before him was his father Obatalá and he knew something terrible was about to happen . Obatalá stared at him and looked over to the mat , where he saw Yembo in tears as she raised herself from the mat. Oggun saw in Obatalá something different , something colder and he knew he was in trouble . He saw his fathers body but knew the one in front of him was not his father and before Obatalá could utter sentence Oggun stopped him and said ” Baba mi , dont curse me , let me curse myself”. Obatalá stopped And Oggun began his sentence ” I, Oggun Arere ( Oggun the warrior) do promise that as long as the world in the world and it remains , I shall work for all the Inhabitants day and night till the end of time.” Obatalá answered “To ban’esu ” ( so may it be ) . This is where the mistrust on earth ,came to be and the curse also the meaning of Work as a sacrifice. Obatalá stood in utter silence for a few minutes and then he began to speak in a firm tone and clearly how things would be from now on … “Oggun you have chosen your sentence for yourself and from this day nobody will lift this curse from you. You will be forever from this day Mo-re-oggun ( the sacrifier , the one who feeds the orisha) and I shall never trust you again”. He glance at Osoosi and he said ” Osoosi , you chose to be coerced by Oggun with the payment of food .. From this day on you shall in charge of dispensing the justice and Hunt, this way nobody will ever be without food.” Obatalá now turned his gaze upon Ozun and he said “Ozun , you where the head of this kingdom , it was your duty to notify me of all that transpired in the kingdom and you chose food over your duties. For now on you will never speak unless it is of danger or notice of death . You will only come to the floor if danger is near until then you will live above the door and watch over all in the kingdom. While all this was being said Yembo trembled and listened to the sentences that Obatalá was passing out to her children . She knew soon it would be her turn of sentence and her OCO( husband ) would also punish her for her role that she had played and she waited in silence for her sentence . Obatalá now looked upon his youngest son Laroye and he announced ” Eleggua Laroye, You are a true Prince in my kingdom . You came to me not afraid of what I would say and you told me the truth . I promise you will never go hungry again or be mistreated by others . You did not allow yourself to be coerced into silence.-” From this day on … I decree, you will be the first to eat and everyone will have to give you moforibale ( offerings). They will even have to give you moforibale before me, To enter the this house they will have to ask your permission and you deny them entrance -they will not be able to enter. You will guard the roads and opportunities of life. NO ONE , will be able to reach me or any other orisha with going through you .. and you will be able to be everywhere at the same time. ” Eleggua laid down on the floor in sign of respect to Obatalá and said ..Mo’ dupe baba mi ( thank you my father) **at this moment is when it was written that the youngest came before the eldest and that all good deeds would receive the blessings of Olodumare in his kingdom. At this time Obatalá turned to Yembo and he said unto her, “Obini (wife), From this moment on your punishment will be that any male child you bear into this world shall be put to death !” Yembo’s blood froze , she expected her fate for herself but not for her children . Upon hearing her husbands sentence she became crazy with anger . ** It was at this time Obatalá renamed his Obini from Yembo to Yemaya ( furious mother) , Yemaya’s fury became to great no one in the kingdom could calm her and it is only Obatalá himself that keeps her in control . So say her fury was so great that Yemaya wanted to swallow the earth with the sea, and when she does remember they say it is then that the Tsunami’s occur on earth. Yemaya understood that although her son’s actions where grave and should be sentenced and punished . She could not understand Obatalá’s sentence toward her future children and unborn sons . And this caused a great despair and abyss in her soul and Yemaya began her transformation from Yembo toYemaya and Yembo became Nana Buruku ( the moon) in the night skies .
By: Ota Omi, My Yoruba Exclusive Writer.
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