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