Updated: Aug 14, 2020
Orunmila is the Orisha of divination and the patron of the Ifa sect. He, along with Eleggua, witnessed all of destiny unfold and therefore can be consulted to know where a person's fate is headed. He developed the Oracles of Ifa: The Ikines (palm nuts) and the Okuele (diviner's chain). His priests, who are known as Babalawos, function exclusively as diviners. They do not ordain people into the mysteries of orishas other than Orunmila. He is depicted as a wizened black man with growing hair, dressed in traditional African garb carrying his wooden diviner's tray.
Orunmila is the orisha of wisdom, knowledge and divination. He was the only orisha allowed to witness the creation of the universe by Olorun and bears witness to our destinies in the making as well. This is the source of his title of Eleri Ipin or "Witness to Destiny in it's creation." His priests, the babalawos or "Fathers of the Secrets" must devote themselves entirely to the practice of divination and the accompanying arts. Through the Table of Ifa his priests unfold the secrets of the universe and the secrets of the unfolding of our lives. His colors are green and yellow which reflect Orunmila's relationship with Osayin (the secrets of the plant world) and with Oshun, who is his Apetebi with whom he has an extremely close relationship.
Orunmila was the very first Babalawo, Ifa priest father of the mysteries, who came from heaven to the earth. He was given the knowledge of Olodumare. Orunmila was the very first Babalawo to speak the wisdom of Olodumare on earth, he used this wisdom to help humanity to understand themselves and their destinies here on earth. It is Orunmila who recognises the position that Olodumare put Ori as the supreme deity above the Orisa including Orunmila himself. It is Ori that can intercede and affect the reality of a person much closer than any Orisa. For this reason it is important to consult with Babalawo during times to know ones direction and the wish of ones Ori.
Names: Orunmila, Orunla, Orula
A.K.A: Saint Francis of Assisi
Colors: Yellow and Green or Brown and Green
Prayer: "Orunmila Ibikeyi Oludumare Ela Isode Ache"