The confusion surrounding women's roles in Ifa is symptomatic of a larger, more important problem, which is the absence of standards. Not to be confused with rules, standards define acceptable haviors and activities that assure a certain level of quality, as well as integrity. Each lineage with each tradition has the latitude to define how they will incorporate or not incorporate Iyanifa. In truth, it's been done, but people have to respect those decisions. People who do not have a firm understanding of their own lineages practice should not project their insecurities onto what they see in other lineages. Bottom line, some lineages do it and some don’t.
Live the Medicine
Obafemi Origunwa, MA
Thought leader, Ifa priest and author of four definitive books, Obafemi Origunwa inspires metamorphosis through living the medicine that will heal your life and heal the lives of the people you're destined to serve.