Oya Locks Shango In The Palace
Oya became furious when she learned of Shango’s womanizing once more. So while he was sleeping she took advantage of this and placed her peons (Egguns, the dead ) who where loyal to her around the palace walls. Knowing that Shango did not like this phenomenon , he would not dare try and escape . In other words she pretended to keep Shango by force, using the Egguns ( spirits) to keep him faithful to her. Oshun knowing this decided to carryout her plans to free Shango from his prison. **here Oshun transforms from Yumu to Ibu Akuanda (she who takes on death) Oshun knew the only way to save her children and save Shango was to release him . she thought he would come to reciprocate the love she felt for him. Decisive , Oshun goes to where Oya had Shango surrounded by her loyal soldiers. But before she left Oshun cut all of her hair made in two long braids, along with Onyi and (honey) and Oti ( firewater) these where part of her plan to set Shango free. As Oshun approached she noticed that there where many soldiers around the home. They reacted suspiciously to her presence . You have to remember that Oshun is astute she actually started to flirt with the soldiers. They could not resist her charms , and soon they thought they had her where they wanted her, she pulled out the Onyi and mixed it with the Oti , and gave it them to drink. As soon as they were drunk enough Oshun slipped by them and entered the palace. she found Shango depressed and in deep thought . When Shango looked up sullenly he thought he would see Oya and was a big surprise when he saw none other than Oshun. Oshun motioned to him as said .. Here put on my tunic and place my braids upon your head .. quickly , before Oya returns or worse the Egguns regain their senses .Shango quickly dressed Oshun continued , Walk outside, they will think it is me and they will not bother you . Shango asked Oshun how would she escape and Oshun said to him .. I will leave after you . Wait for me in the forest . If I am delayed come for me because I could be in trouble. Shango left and everything went as planned . No one bothered him since the soldiers were so drunk they were unconscious. He waited in the forest for Oshun, who arrived a few minutes later. Once they free from danger it was Oshun who spoke first saying .. Shango , you are the only man I have ever loved . It was this love that I gave birth and compelled me to free you from that prison Oya put you in. I want for you and me to belong to each other and we can find our Ibeyi . **Here Oshun committed the gravest mistake of Love … Misjudgment … thinking that because she freed Shango , he would leave with her. Here Misjudgment was born , he declines her and tells her of the Ibeyi’s fate . At this Moment Oshun swore never to look at Shango again and even less, to have contact with him even if she loved him till her death. After hearing Oshun’s words , Shango said … Oshun I am very grateful to you for what you did , but I can’t be yours because I belong to OYa. at this time I do not desire you because I love Oya. In the future Oya and I go our seperate ways , I will be the one looking for you . It was I that took the ibeyi , they are safe in my motehrs Ile Ocum , I was afraid Oya would take vengeance upon them for our act of love. These words spoken burned Oshuns heart and drove her madd, she got so upset with herself for thinking she was so irresistible that she left running without direction through the kingdom, her time of misery had come the loss of love and the loss of child proved to much for the Queen. She ran and ran , till she could not run more and Laroye found her and nursed her , in order to make her eat , Laroye would do the unthinkable. Oshun had only ate Female goats , Laroye only raised Male Goats so he took a goat and neutered the animal so that Oshun was fooled and gained her strength back .
By: Ota Omi, My Yoruba Exclusive Writer.
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