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Understanding Aje (Witches) in Yoruba traditional beliefs


Aje (Witch) is nothing more than a supernatural phenomenon inherent in nature which, when tapped into by humans or manifest itself in humans, can be used to achieve either a good or bad end depending on the motive and character of the possessor. This energy manifest itself mostly in women than men because 95 percent of those who possess this energy are women while the remaining five percent are men.



When this energy resides with men, they are termed as Oso (Wizard), and when they reside with women, such women are regarded as Aje (witches) or Iyaami (my mother). Through the ages, Babalawos and our forefathers coined different aliases for the Aje in other not to incur their wrath. That is why we have something like, Awon Iya (the mothers); Awon Eleye (one who possesses birds); Awon to Ni Ile Aye (those who own the world); Iya Mi Oniye Abami (my mother with mysterious feathers); and Olokiki Oru (the popular one at night) among others.



All these aforementioned names were used in ancient times and up till now to avoid conflict between those who possesses Aje energy (witch power) and other human beings. They prefer their aliases in public. So, when discussing them in public, it is better to use their aliases as explained above instead of the name Aje. Aje energy is represented and symbolise by a bird. So, the question is, how can we identify a person who possess Aje energy?



In ancient times the committed and devoted Aje (witches,) do make themselvesf known in public by tieing three cowries around their left ankles. But modernity has made it difficult for a committed witch (Iyami) to identify herself with society again, hence it is difficult to know who possess this energy as some people who possess this energy has channel it into churches and other religions institutions either in form of a prophetess or seer etc.



But through metaphysical power, one can identify any woman that possess the power of Iyami aje (the witches). Many women who possess this energy do present themselves to the society as a very nice and gentle person in order to hide the real identity of their Iyami energy. But one thing is common about the women who posses Iyami energy. They talk a lot and have a sharp memory of any wrong done to them. They don’t forget such and can keep on reminding you even after donkey years, despite asking them for forgiveness. So, be assured that your close friends, even wife or daughter may possess this Iyami energy
without you knowing it.

Types of Iyami (Witches)
According to Ifa and Orisha spirituality, there are three types of Iyami Aje (witches) energy available in the world. These are, Aje dudu (black witch energy); Aje pupa (red witch energy) and Aje funfun (white witch energy).


Aje Dudu: (Black Witches): This type of witches are usually a not progressive one. They have mysterious power, but Olodumare did not give them the power to kill. They can only punish or make a human being to suffer. They can prevent a human being from attaining desired success such as causing their victims delayed marriage, infertility, lack of promotion in work and business, causing their victims sickness etc. The members of Aje Dudu are predominantly female. Hardly can you find any male among them. They spread their initiation easily than other types of Iyami. They account for 50 percent of Iyami aje cult worldwide.

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Aje Pupa (Red Witches): This category of witches are the most dangerous. They have the power to kill; drink blood and eat flesh. They punish their victims and give no room for forgiveness even among their own children. Their membership is a mixture of female and male, but with female membership domination. They do not initiate members easily. They account for 30 percent of Iyami Aje cult worldwide.


Aje Funfun (White Witches): This third type of witches are very good witches. They are called Aje Olomo or Aje Alabiyamo (witches who protect their children). Those who possess Aje Funfun do not kill and they do not drink blood or eat flesh. They use their energy to bring protection, blessings and prosperity to whoever they love, such as their children, husband, family or friends. They bring knowledge, power, blessings and protection. However if someone should incur their wrath, offend them or cheat them, they have the power to punish the person. But they can easily forgive anybody who offends them immediately they are appeased. It is very difficult to get initiated to them, as most people get it by inheritance. But some do get it through constant quest. They are few, as they account for the 20 percent of Iyami cult worldwide.
Where do Iyami lives and their meeting point? 
It is very difficult to say precisely where Iyami Aje (the witches) meet to discuss and stage attack and carry out their operations. Nobody can say precisely. They do not have any physical shrine. So, it is wrong to set up physical shrine for them. In my home town,Ijero Ekiti, it is believed that the place where Iyami Aje (the witches) meet is called Udi, the Oyo people pronounce theirs as Idi. Udi or Idi is believed to be the house or meeting point of Iyami Aje (witches), where they hold meetings and stage their operations for any purpose whether good or bad.



A competent babalawo can, through metaphysical power, see the Iyami Aje (witches) in their meeting, but he must not reveal such to the public. From personal experience and coupled with knowledge passed from people before us, Udi Aje, sometimes, can be inside Iroko tree, Orita Meta (T-Junction or cross road), Igbo Ogede (banana plantation), or Eti Odo (bank of stream). But with modernity, offices, parked vehicles or church premises can be used by this energy to hold meetings and stage their operations. As regards the time Iyami Aje (witches) hold their meetings, it is usually between 1am to 3am, while they hold emergency meetings about 1pm during the day.

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If a Babalawo wants to communicate with them face to face without any harm or fight, the most favorable time is 5pm to 6pm in the evening after he must have used all necessary spiritual preparation to meet them at Orita Meta Ona Oko (crossroad on a bush path).


What are the methods or devices used by Iyami Aje (Witches) 
Anybody who possess the power of Iyami Aje, whether male or female, can use the following methods to carry out their missions: Agogo Enu (power of the tongue); Ofa Aje Tita (shooting Iyami spiritual arrow); Omusu Aje (spiritual vagina force of women); Igba Iwa (sacred calabash with iyami bird); Awopa Aje (staring to kill) and Ase (do as I say power).


Agogo Enu (power of the tongue): One of the methods used by Iyami to pull down anyone who crosses their path is the habit of consistently refering to the wrong the person had done them even after the person has begged, apologised and sought their forgiveness. The witches will never stop recalling the incidents, which in most cases can put his or her victims in jeopardy in the society.



Ofa Aje Tita (Spiritual arrows): The witches can shoot their spiritual arrows from the spiritual realm and it will hit their target physically. Mostly, they usually shoot the arrow against their victims from dreams. And in most cases it leads to physical sickness in real life.



Omusu Aje (Sexual power): This power of Iyami Aje resides in all women. Women do not need to be initiated or inherit Iyami energy before they can invoke and use this power. But this power is only applicable to the man who have sexual intercourse with them or children born out of that vagina. If during sexual intercourse or in an attempt to have sex with a woman you make some sweet promises and fail to abide by this promise or fulfil them, the woman can invoke this power to curse the man by tapping her vagina in nakedness, demanding all she wants. Notice: Please, women do not use this against your children or husbands as it is dangerous.



Igba Iwa (Sacred Calabash) As I explained earlier, the symbol of Iyami Aje power is represented by a bird. Anybody who is an initiate of Iyami cult do have a bird. It is through this bird that the person who owns it goes to Udi (witches meeting grounds) or carry out other missions whether good or bad. The birds can return to this Igba after accomplishing their aim.



Awopa Aje (Staring to kill) If a woman has spiritual power of Iyami Aje, she can stare at anybody and use her energy to penetrate the system of the person and order the person to do what she wants or to see the future of the person and change it from good to bad or cause the person sickness etc.

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Ase (Do as I say): This is the natural power given to them by Olodumare from heaven. But excessive adverse use of it can make Olodumare withdraw it from the witches in most cases. So, if a witch loses her power, she will confess all her past evil deeds, and that is the end of her power, because she will not be readmitted into the cult group.



Why Olodumare allows the Iyami to practice their craft

The question is that Olodumare ought not to allow witches to have power over human beings. But according to Ifa spirituality, the scriptures made it clear that it is not God that allows witches to torment humans. It was human beings, who betrayed the witches in the first place, when the witches and humans were leaving heaven for this world. They had an agreement not to kill the children of each other. However, it was humans that first started the killing and eating the children of the bird. Upon returning to Olodumare, He told humans that they broke their promise and gave room for the Witches to act likewise.



How are Witches initiated?
The method of initiation available are either through inheritance, earthly initiation or through Iyami cult.


Ajogunba (inheritance): Many Iyami cult members inherited the energy from their mothers, who must have also been a member. No one can die with Iyami bird. It must be passed to another before they die.


Imuniwo Egbe (initiation into Iyami cult): One can get initiated through dreams either by eating while asleep or, in some cases, children who possess this energy can share the energy with their friends through food sharing.


Can a Babalawo initiate one into Iyami Cult?

Yes, but a Babalawo can only initiate women to Iyami Funfun (white witches cult). Any initiation to other categories of Iyami is not possible for a Babalwo. It is the iyami (the witches) that can choose who they want to initiate and can use any of the two methods above. Anybody who claims he can initiate people physically into Iyami cult is making a false claim. The initiation into Aje Funfun performed by a Babalawo is second class because the degree of energy obtained during such initiation is lower than if it was done by the Iyami themselves.



In the case of a Babalawo initiating someone into Aje Funfun, the priest will give certain instructions and warnings like, she must not boast of her power to public; she must be very humble always; she should avoid unnecessary annoyance so that she will not be noticed by people; She must not use her power to kill unjustifiably, etc. Materials for such initiation include, Eye Ayekooto aye (live parrot); Aso Funfun igan kan (16 yards of white clothes); Eni tuntun (new mat); ida (a new sword); and igba (calabash).

Culled from: http://www.babalawoobanifa.com/2016/08/facts-about-aje-iyami-osoronga-witches.html


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