The spiritual aspect of Bàbá King’s family

His mother Àlàké was born into a family of Órìsà priests. Her mother Kéyìndé Eniosó was a priestess and the founder of Omolú Burùkú temple in Kénta Okebodè in Abéòkúta. The grandfather of his mother was a priest of Ògbóni.

His grandfather on the father's side Sàlàkó Sàlámì was a Bàbáláwo. The father of the mother from his father’s side was also a priest, and Olúwo. Even after 150 years he is still popularly known as Olúwo Imo, he was a strong spiritual leader, thus after almost 200 years since he was born people still know him, because he used to be responsible for the social wellbeing of this community.

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The history of Oduduwa Temple in Brazil started thirty years ago. When Bàbá King came to Brazil, this was the opportunity to live in the Western world. He could choose UK or USA, but he was attracted to Brazil because someone told him, that there are a lot of Órìsà devotees and that Yoruba culture is strongly active in Brazil.

So this was the first attraction towards Brazil. He came to study, he finished his BAC, masters and doctorate degree in business administration management and sociology. Gradually he started teaching the Yoruba language and culture at the University for those, who are doing research and for those, who love Órìsà. Because throught the Yoruba language and culture they could learn so much about the Órìsà philosophy. They could create the Yoruba thoughts.
 

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Being a Centre for Yoruba traditional religion and culture the mission of the Oduduwa temple is to gather, preserve and spread the rich oral Yoruba heritage. Old wise men and women are gradually leaving us, heading towards the world of our ancestors; many of them do not have their own spiritual descendants. This is why our temple – besides initiations and events – also hosts the elders that are willing to share their knowledge and wisdom with us. In this way we are making sure that this knowledge is being carried on – even beyond the borders of Nigeria. Often we get visits from Brazil and Europe. From Brazil, because they wish to return to the primordial knowledge about the culture that was brought there by African slaves centuries ago and that over time adapted to the Christian influence. And from Europe, because through our heritage they were able to find the roots of their pagan past from which precious scripts about initiations, the specifics about rituals and offering practices were forever lost in flames.

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