Obatala and the Murder Trial – African Spirituality

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At the time of Obatala, three people came to him dragging a young man with them, and said to him: Babalawo, aboru boyè! This man has murdered our father

Obatala: why did you kill their father?

Young man: I’m a guardian, my goat ate from his farm, and their father threw a stone at him and he died. I also took the stone and threw it at him and he also died.

Obatala: because of this, I will pass judgment (charged with murder) on you.

Young man: I ask for 3days before you pass the judgment, my late father left me some wealth and I have a sister to take care of, if you kill me now, the wealth and my sister will have no guardian.

Obatala: who will stand for your bail?

Young man: looking into the crowd, he pointed Lamurudu

Obatala: do you agree to stand for him Lamurudu?

Lamurudu: Beeni (yes)

Obatala: you stand for someone you don’t know, if he doesn’t return you will receive his penalty.

Lamurudu: I accept

The young man left, after 2days, and into the 3rd day no sign of him.

Everyone was scared for Lamurudu who accepted to receive the penalty of death should the man fail to come.

Before the time for isi’nu, the boy appeared exhausted in appearance, and stood before Obatala.

Young man: I have handed the wealth and the welfare of my sister to my uncle, I’m now yours, you may pass the penalty.

In great shock and surprise, Obatala said: why did you return after having a chance to escape the penalty?

Young man: I was afraid, it will appear that humanity has lost the ability to fulfill promises kept.

Obatala turned and looked at Lamurudu: why did you stand for him?

Lamurudu: I was afraid, it might appear that humanity has lost the will to do good to others.

This scenario pleased the brothers who wanted justice for their father’s death, and so, said they had forgiven the young man.

Obatala furiously asked why?

They said: we are afraid, it will appear as though forgiveness has lost place in the heart of humanity.

I have also painfully translated this beautiful message and passed it to you in fear that it might appear that reminder towards doing good has lost place in humanity (eda) if I don’t.

For Olodumare’s sake I encourage you to also pass it on, in fear that it might appear spreading goodwill messages has lost place in humanity,.

Wu’wa bi Omoluabi!


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