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Thursday, 10 January 2013


: stands for someone, something and DẸ: is to trap, therefore in simple English Ọd is 'he who traps'. 

, the fierce man who travels in the depth of the forest at night while everyone sleeps. He calls on Òrúnmìlà; òrìsà of protection to guide himHe makes offering to Ògúnòrìsà of strength agbára, endurance, and perseverance ìfaradà to be with him in the dark of the night.

He also talks with Oossì; òrìṣà of animals so as to bring him ẹran ìgbẹ́; games. The ọdẹ usually go into the bush in group to hunt for ẹranko ìgbẹ́; game to be feast on at the great ceremony. When in group, the they sing ìjálá (song of the ọdẹ) accompanied with the bàtá drums and dance.

The book ÒGBÓJÚ ỌDẸ NÍNÚ IGBÓ IRÚNMLÈ̩ (FOREST OF A THOUSAND DAEMONS) written by D.O Fágúnwà, exposes what the ọdẹ goes through in the wild aginjù.

dẹ is important in the Yoruba set-up as he provides food; meat which he either feeds-on with his family or sells to the community. He adds to the growth ìdàgbàsókè of the economy rọ̀-ajé through his sales of animals, its hide; aw, horns ìwo, tusk eyín-erin etc

The Ògbójú Ọdẹ for his bravery ìgbójú is sometimes promoted by the Ọba: king to become one of the warriors of the Yoruba Empire. Most jagunjagun (warriors) who protects the land were once hunters.

Ọfà àti ọrún: bow, arrows, àdá: cutlass, ọ̀bẹ: knife, ìfúnpá: amulets are some of the tools of an ọdẹ used in hunting. The charms are needed to rescue themselves from the wild beasts and animals when it calls for it.

In the cold òtútú of the night alẹ́, full of beasts and demons ànjọ̀nú looking for whom to devour, the ọdẹ is in his hide out watching out for ran ìgbẹ́ to trap. He monitors the animals’ movement so as to trap it.

For memories ìrántí, most of the awọ: hides, ìwo:  horns are kept, hung in the house as decoration (ohun ọ̀ṣọ́). Hunting in ìgbẹ́: forest, is a tasking job.

And indeed, the ọdẹ is a great man. Don't you think so?