Some things I have come to learn in my deep space exploration of wisdom is that often times, it's just a slice of the pie. I keep in mind that everything is not contained in one place ( culture, language etc). One thing I learned researching with my wife is to eat the fish and spit out the bones. Knowing that everything doesn't apply and that's okay. As a mystic like Orunmila, you must always search for other pieces of the pie. As African Americans, we have an unique perspective because we are made up of so many bloodlines. It's easy for us to connect to a variety of cultures, religions, etc. Literally there are not many that we cannot connect to because we are all over the world. When it comes to Africa, I try to avoid getting caught up in tribalism and nationalism. I try to learn as much from as many tribes and cultures as possible. I understand that it was the lack of unity that was the ultimate weapon used to enslave our ancestors and to that point we must unite them within ourselves!!
Egbe is the soul group and spiritual mates that supports our lives here on Earth. My Egbe is Jagun. Jagun are the spiritual warriors. My Ifa odu declares me to be a leader in my Egbe. This became a reality when as a part of my initiation to Egbe, I was installed as a Chief with the title Ajaguna Alaragbo of the United States. In the diaspora, our understanding of Egbe became merged with Orisa. Ajaguna became a road of Obatala. This is even more an honor given Obatala was the first Orisa I initiated to.
Obaluaye is the King of the Crust of the Earth. He is Master healer and protector of illnesses. As a person who works in the Earh, his orisa is very special to me and initiating was one of the greatest honors of my life. Obaluaye is an ancient orisa.. And elder brothers to Sango.