Derrick Murray wrote:
‘Simply put, religion is about the study of someone else’s relationship with the divine, while spirituality is about one’s own personal experience with the divine! And just why I’m here, it’s my understanding that culture is the day-to-day way of life of a people, while religion and its original meaning, means to bind it down or buying the back… For instance Christians are tied or bound to the Bible, Muslims the Quran, etc etc etc’
‘Because the Odu Ifa encompasses more than just stories about how to live your life because of some foreign figure, that you must worship as God, but instead it talks about the philosophy, the biology and science, the Arts, in addition to character morals and ethics, The Odu Ifa is more than a religion! Just as the AWO is much more than a priest! It’s more like a sage! But for some reason, probably stuff we can trace back to colonialism and enslavement, the Yoruba seem to try to squeeze their bigger Concepts into the language of a smaller Western mindset through the use of English! ‘
‘Why don’t we call an AWO, an AWO? Why we got to find an English word? English doesn’t have a word that encompasses the full meaning of the word I will, so why do we reduce the meaning of the word to fit the English language term? ‘
Think about it.