THE MOTHERS OF THE NIGHT
ILE ADULAWO is extremely blessed and privileged to be the home of the first Iyaami Oosoronga shrine in the diaspora with not one, not two but all three matriarchal emblem representations of the three earthly covenants of the Mothers of the Night.
The emblems themselves, strong in their appearance and representation are over 350 years old and radiate the full understanding and power of who the Iyaami Osooronga are and why they are to be loved and respected.
Their presence has brought a tremendous amount of blessings to the leadership and devotee body of ILE ADULAWO. And they have deeply touched the lives of all those who have come in contact with them. Sharing their knowledge, wisdom, understanding and their Motherly Ase that brings with it all the comfort, solution and remedy that brings about and invokes the much needed healing of the minds, bodies, wombs, and spirits of the feminine beings that occupy membership within today’s society.
Their origin on Earth is as follows:
Olodumare handed the world to the Iyaami. They were originally eight in number. They not only have great power but extraordinary powers to communicate. The Iyaami misused this power. They fought with Orunmila and the other Orisa. Orunmila killed six of the original Iyaami, reducing their number to two. The Iyaami use blood like water. They wear black clothes.
In Osa Meji, Orunmila initiated the two remaining Iyaami. Eyi Kowe, one of the remaining Iyaami, lives in the bush. The town’s people frequently say “Ero Sese,” beseeching Eyi Kowe to “be easy.” If Eyi Kowe doesn’t take it easy, trouble will come swiftly. The second Iyaami lives at home with the town’s people.
After Orunmila killed the six original Iyaami the remaining two began initiating human beings. Obatala joined the Iyaami and was initiated. Once Obatala initiated to the Iyaami, Orunmila gave him the name: Aje Obatala/Aje Obarisa.
Orunmila divided the Iyaami into 3 groups in Irosun Meji:
White Aje – Belonging to Obatala
Red Aje – Oso
Black Aje – Iyaami
When the Iyaami came from heaven to earth they were all women. However, since they were reduced to 2 by Orunmila they initiated many (men and women). Orunmila gives the Iyaami much respect. If there is peace on earth it is due to the Iyaami . If there is no peace it is also due to the Iyaami. Only Orunmila has ever defeated the Iyaami, but he still gives them much honor. Anytime Orunmila wants to divine he must first salute the Iyaami. Emule is the oath that the Iyaami have taken, that is if they see a child of Orunmila, they won’t touch them.