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How Ooni of Ife was buried after rites at over 200 shrines

 An inter-religious service was held for the deceased Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade at Enuwa Square, opposite the palace on Friday but members of the public who expected to see the committment of the monarch’s remains to mother earth were disappointed.
Not even his wives and children were able to set eyes on the remains.

According to sources within the Ogboni Ibile (aka Iledi Ooni) an Ooni is not an ordinary individual whose burial is simple. On why his wives and children would not be allowed to see the corpse, the traditionalists said that Ooni’s corpse belongs to the entire Ife people and the gods, not his immediate family. 

They added that burial rites would be performed on Oba Sijuwade’s corpse on 201 shrines before it is buried. It is however not clear if all the rites were performed on the corpse before it was buried Friday night.

The Ogboni Ibile briefs Ooni on the position of the gods on issues within the kingdom. Ooni is their traditional head.
Already, all members of the Sijuwade’s family have moved out of the palace with their property, leaving the palace free.

It was learnt that Oba Sijuwade’s successor would also pass through the 201 rites before being crowned the next Ooni.

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