|with Chief schnapps, it is easier to communicate with the spirits|
The compound of SangoIn its center, surrounded by a number of traditional houses made of mud-bricks and corrugated iron roofs, is a large mud building that cannot be visited by any one except the priests of Sango and the King during the first day of the crowning ceremony, where he will swap roles with the high priest of Sango and leave the Sango shrine as King without being allowed to see the Sango high-priest again. The center of the shrine has trees which can be seen from outside. It looks like a little oasis in the area where the ground is made of red earth. The front wall of the shrine is painted red and has white stripes as well as a few symbols painted over it.
|the high priest of Sango in front of the shrine's door|
The compound of Obatala
|Baba Adisa reading the message from the Kola nut|
The compound of Oduduwa
The compound of Baba Iyaji is dedicated to Oduduwa. He is the Baba of the 6th generation. We entered the compound in a vast courtyard with few fully grown trees providing shade to the participants of an upcoming procession. One of them had its trunk surrounded by a wall of roughly 1.2m high that was serving as a shelter to a crocodile, allegedly 30 or 40 years old. The crocodile was sleeping as we came but was soon to be awoken by a man who poked it with a metal bar.
Baba Iyaji gave an audience in a inner courtyard where he sat on a tired wooden throne in the shade of a roof. the side of the courtyard had banks for elders and guests to sit around.
The whole extended family was gathered, some drummers were summoned and the wives of Baba Iyaji came to salute the old man bowing down in front of him. One of them rolled from side to side. The other wives were dancing together. Speeches were made to welcome the guests. We then had a look at the graves of the 6th ancestors of Baba Iyagi buried all -around the inner courtyard in covered passage-way. A white calabash, whitened was put in each of the niches above the graves. Some objects belonging to the ancestors were included in the wall above the entrance of the niche, like bowls of porcelain.
|Baba Iyaji (seated) and his entourage|