THE YORUBA CONCEPT OF ORI IN RELATION TO HUMAN DESTINY
By RAYMOND OLUTOYIN OGUNADE, 2010
What is Ori-Inu?
Ori-inu (literally, “inner-head”) is “the individuality element or that which is claimed to be responsible for one’s personality”;10 “it is the real essence of being, the personality-soul, which guides and helps a person before he is born, … through the passages of life, at death, and finally goes back to Supreme Deity, its Creator, to give an account of man’s conduct on earth”11; it “rules, controls, and guides the life and activities of the person”12; “it also serves as a man’s double or guardian angel or counterpart”13. From these interpretations and meanings of Ori or Ori-inu, it is categorically clear that Ori-inu is a person’s spiritual element or being which is invisible but actively present when one is being created, throughout life, at death and when one appears before the Creator in judgement.
The spiritual essence of Ori-inu is evident in the fact that it “is closely related to God and it is given to man by God Himself”14. In this regard, Ori-inu can also be considered as a divine assistant delegated by its Creator to assist a Continue reading