The Olokun Symbols in Nigerian tradition

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Some information about Nigerian Traditional religion.

Summary of Information about the Olokun Symbol:

  1. Aghadaghada and the Four Pillars:
  • Aghadaghada symbolizes the four pillars with which God (Osalobua) holds up the world in Edo tradition.
  • The four pillars represent the Four Cardinal Points: East (Eken), West (Orhio), North (Okhuo), and South (Aho).
  • Each division represents a day, making the traditional Edo week four days long. Eken is the Edo day of rest, similar to Sunday in Christian tradition.
  1. Osalobua and Olokun:
  • Olokun’s symbols are the same as Osalobua’s because they are considered virtually synonymous in Edo tradition.
  • Olokun is to Osalobua what Jesus Christ is to God in Christian faith, signifying their profound connection.
  • The Oba (king) is seen as the human embodiment of Olokun due to the principle of Divine Kingship. Seeing the Oba is equivalent to seeing Osalobua.
  1. Symbolism of Owen Iba Ede Ku:
  • This symbol represents the sun and signifies the radiant light that covers the world, with implications similar to the first symbol.
  • Without the sun, there can be no day, emphasizing the importance of light and illumination.
  1. Bottom Symbol and Interrelationship:
  • The bottom symbol, resembling the top one, represents continuity and the interrelationship between the creator (Osalobua) and the created.
  • It symbolizes the connection between humans and their maker, signifying that there is no break between humans and Osalobua.
  • In Edo tradition, Osalobua and Olokun are often invoked together, reflecting their interconnectedness and the continuous relationship between humans and the divine.

In the rich tapestry of Edo tradition, the belief echoes that our origins lie in Osalobua, our divine creator, and our ultimate destiny is to return to Osalobua. This profound notion signifies an unbroken connection between humanity and its maker. The Edo people express this unity through the saying, “agha mi’edo, ami’Oba; aghaa mi’Oba, ami Osalobua,” emphasizing the seamless bond between the people, their revered king (Oba), and Osalobua

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