Odinaani- Things That Cause Set-Back In A Person’s Life

The performance of ritual sacrifices as a medium of exchange is deeply rooted in Odinaani and other forms of spirituality. Most of these rituals are focused on the upliftment of our consciousness “Aka” and other aspects of life, which include our finances, health, and intellect. 

Sacrifices/rituals such as Ikpe Ile Oma/ Iru Agwu are usually dedicated to getting financial and creative liberation from two different cosmic forces; Ndi-Mmiri and Agwu.

Every ritual or sacrifice performed has a desired intention for which it was performed, hence, in cases where those intentions weren’t met, it is assumed by the supplicant that such sacrifice was a hoax either by the Dibia or Odinaani as a whole is a lie.

While there is a multitude of reasons why these rituals/sacrifices may seem to be a total failure there are also individual causes that can be responsible for not just the failure of such sacrifices but also responsible for our failures and setbacks.

These causes can be spiritually perceived as obstacles that hinder or speak against you when the fruit of such ritual/sacrifice is about to trickle to you.

Such causes/afflictions include;

  1. Ogwu: Most times we make the mistake of generalization, by looking at the entirety of Ogwu as something utterly evil. Ogwu can be perceived from two angles but it all fall’s on the intention behind the concoction of such Ogwu. In cases where the intention behind an Ogwu is considered evil and malignant, it is therefore called “Nsi” or “Ajo Ogwu”. Nsi/Ajo Ogwu is usually used by people known as Ndi-Ajaobi who seek to use their knowledge of Ogwu to either hold a person, a family, or an entire community down from progressing. This could result in Ikpoasi and rejection in places where others go to and thrive.
  2. Curses “Abumaonu”: We can look at curses from three perspectives;
  1. Family Curse: Some may call this generational curse in situations where an entire generation or family is perceived as unproductive. It could be a result of their ancestor’s wrongdoings or negligence.
  2. Personal Curse:  An individual may be cursed as a result of his/her careless way of living. This curse can come from the living or the spirits, especially in situations where the said individual desecrated the land or him/herself.
  3. Ugwo Onye Uwa Ji: Just like how Igbo Christians believe in the concept of Baptism as a ritual that cleanses us of our original sin, Ugwo Onye Uwa or karmic debts can set an individual back in life and also prevent him/her ritual sacrifices from yielding any result.
  4. Abomination: We as Ndi-Igbo are one with the land and therefore we are bound to keep her ordinance. Knowingly or unknowingly we as Ndi-Igbo are gradually falling into western ideologies without knowing the repercussions attached to them. By our customs, we consider a grave number of behaviors as Nso Ani and they include;

a. Incest

b. Abortion

c. Murder ‘Knowing or Unknowingly”.

d. Burning or desecrating ancestral Ofo or shrines.

e. Same-sex relationship.

These few examples are limiting but on a grander scale, Nso Ani includes without exception-Everything Ani considers as an Abomination.

  1. Iyi-Uwa or Iyi Ndi-Otu: This is an individual’s “Oath of life” signed before your Chi as the witness and a spirit tree we know as Akpu Okalete. Iyi-Uwa is also looked at as what binds you to your Ndi-Otu, therefore in situations where you are going against your cosmic oath, they are duty-bound to disrupt all efforts you are making in order to achieve success. 

The cause of setbacks for an individual can be more than the aforementioned but these few are the most likely causes. The spirit or energies in charge of carrying out these sentences have varying names such as; Uchu, Orakwu, Uke, Ogbonauke, etc. These energies are negative energies or spirits that afflict an individual with all manner of set-backs and failure. They can also be viewed as agents used by deities to exert punishment on individuals who desecrate the land or the deities themselves. Ogbonauke can also be caused by envious spirits who feel cheated and didn’t live enough to carry out their cosmic purpose. Therefore, in most cases, what the Dibia sees during divinations can be just these energies but they are not the root cause of these problems.

Also Read:How To Know Your Onye-Uwa “Reincarnating Spirit”, If It Is Confusing.

Therefore, to be utterly free from their influence, one needs to identify the real cause of these problems and appease them based on each individual cause/factor.

For instance; If the cause of an affliction is because of a committed abomination, then the individual would first perform the ritual of “Ikpu Aru” based on the type of abomination that was committed. In cases of Ogwu or Curses, first, identify its root and destroy the Ogwu through the help of a seasoned Dibia Ogwu, and in cases of curses then an appeasement ritual would be more effective, this is also possible when the offended party is dead. Finally, in cases of  Iyi-Uwa, we have rituals that are targeted to changing such Iyi-uwa which doesnt allow you to lead a good human life.

Also Read:Iyi-Uwa: Oath Before Birth.

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