Art Yoruba Ibeji

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São Paulo, Brazil

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Art Yoruba Ibeji
Ibeji is the orje jeje-nago of the twins
“Ibeji” is a junction of the Yoruba terms ibi, birth, and eji, two.
Ìbejì or Ìgbejì is the twin deity of life, protector of the twins in Yoruba mythology, identified in the game of merindilogun by odus ejioko and iká. The name of Taiwo is given to the first twin generated and Kehinde’s last. The Yorùbá believe that it was Kehinde who ordered Taiwo to supervise the world, whence the hypothesis of being the elder brother.
The Icss (a collection of legends and stories passed down from generation to generation by the African peoples) tell that the Igbejis are children born by Iansã but abandoned by her who threw them into the water. They were embraced and raised by Oxum as if they were their own children. Henceforth, the Igbejis are greeted in specific rituals of Oxum, and in the great sacrifices dedicated to the goddess they also receive offerings.
Among the African deities, Igbeji is what indicates the contradiction, the opposites that go together, the duality. Igbeji shows that all things, under all circumstances, have two sides and that justice can only be done if the two measures are weighed if the two sides are heard.
There is a latent confusion between Ibeji and the Erés. It is evident that there is a relation, but it is not about the same entity, confusing even as orixá. Ibeji are twin deities, being customarily syncretized to the Catholic twin saints Cosme and Damiao.
It is the divinity that governs the joy, the innocence, the ingenuity of the child, help solve problems of children, give harmony to the family, facilitate unions.
The word Ere comes from the Yorubá iré, which means “play, fun”. Hence the expression siré, which means “to make jokes”. The Ere (not to be confused with “child,” which in Yoruba is the modé)

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