Obatala creates land

Jan 03

From above, Orunmila told him to pour the sand from the shell and release the hen. The bird immediately began scratching and pecking at the sand, forming dry land. The larger piles creating hills and the smaller ones forming valleys, the pecking creating caves and lakes.

Land stretched as far as Obatala could see. So, he jumped onto a hill, looked around and decided to name that place Ife (pronounced “ee-fay”). He kneeled and planted the palm nut, and it grew instantly into countless new trees. Obatala smiled and sat down with only the black cat as his companion.


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