According to Yoruba belief, Obatala was the Orisa to which Olddumare assigned the creation of universe and humanity. Obatala is considered a male energy. Obatala is perceived as the of whiteness. He was the Orisa of purity and clarity. lt was wrong to‘call Obatala the Orisa of white people. The whiteness that is referred to is the energy of the sky and the white cloud and not white clothes or people. The Yoruba believed Obatala created all humans and designed all the features of the body, such as the eyes, the nose, the mouth and so on. Out of respect for Obatala, deformity and imperfection or handicaps in humans are associated with Obatala. People who are handicapped or deformed are considered special children of Obatala. Some stories say that those humans were created when Obatala was in distress or drunk from palm wine. That is why priests and priestesses of Obatala are forbidden from drinking palm wine. Obatala priests and priestesses usually wear small white beads and lead bracelets. The concept of the worship and protections rendered spread as the worshippers spread throughout the world. The Yoruba worshippers who left for Brazil refer to Obatala as Elejigbo because they let from the Yoruba town Ejigbo. ln some parts of the Yoruba town, Obatala is referred to as Ajaguna, Orisa nla, Elejigbo, Orisa Ogiyan and so on. But the ﬁrst main shrine of Obatala is in llé Ife at ldita Mogun. The annual Obatala festival takes place at Ile Ifei in mid-January. The belief of the ancient lfe was that Brown, Yellow and all other races were created by Obatala in the beginning of human evolution atIle Ife. They considered everybody to be children of Obatala. Ancient stories said that alter the great flood from Olokun, the remaining people settled at Ife. Some of the children of Obatala who have drifted to faraway distances on the Sea came back to lfe with bleached skin. They were called “Oyibos” by the people in lfe. They stayed at lfe for a while. They could no longer adjust to Ife. There was a quarrel between some of them and the lfe people over some chicken eggs, One day they all just packed up and they all headed to the Sea through Ijio, Moore, at Ile lfe. Ancient lfe considered all humanity to be brothers and sisters all children of Obatala. Whenever they come back to lle Ife, they are always welcome.
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