Ifá and the Chief of the Spirit of the White Cloth

Awo Fá'lokun Fatunmbi

32 Pages, ISBN 0 942272 30 7     
Original Publications, 1993     

Obatala is the Chief of the Spirit of the White Cloth in the West-African religious tradition called "Ifa". The power of Obatala is described by Ifa as one of the many Spiritual Forces in Nature which are called "Orisha". There are a large number of Orisha, and each one has its own awo (Mysteries of Nature).

The word Obatala is the name given to describe a complex convergence of Spiritual Forces that are key elements in the Ifa concept on consciousness. Those Spiritual Forces that form the foundation of Obatala's role in the Spirit Realm relate to the movement between dynamics and form as it exitst throughout the universe.
According to Ifa, dynamics and form represent the polarity between the Forces of expansion and contraction. Together these Forces create light and darkness, and it is Obatala who brings this into being.

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