Ẹbọ Oríjì is much more than a ritual, ẹbọ Oríjì is a concept of collective coexistence because every one of us can feel good only if our relationship with the society we live in is good as well. Whatever we do, intentionally or unintentionally, we can never be absolutely neutral. This means that it can happen, that we may offend someone’s Ori once or several times. When we offend someone’s Orí, we create a spiritual debt that we add to our inherited and other burdens of debt. Therefore, throughout our lifetime our spiritual debt constantly grows bigger and bigger.
Oríjì means: “let your Orí forgive me”. Ẹbọ Oríjì is a ritual in which we apologize to all Orí that we ever offended. This is about forgiveness on a spiritual level, on a level that cannot be reached by our conscious mind, and a level on which consciously nobody is capable of forgiving. This is an ẹbọ, where our Orí asks other Orí he might have ever offended to forgive him on the spiritual level.
Taken from the lecture by Bàbá King, 28. 5. 2022.
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