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Fa Is the Will of the Gods


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(Fon/Benin)

Fa, the god of destiny, is the personal fate of each man. Man must be in harmony with his own Fa.

After the world had been created, two men, Koda and Chada, came down from the sky. These two men told the few people on earth that they had been sent by Mawu. They said that all men who are created have their Fa, the sacred word, the writing, with which Mawu creates each person. This writing is given to Legba, Mawu's assistant. The orders given to Legba by means of this writing are called Fa. Legba is sent by Mawu to bring to each individual his Fa. Every man has a god whom he must worship; without Fa, without this writing, he can never know his god. If the people of the earth fail to worship Legba, he will refuse to reveal to them the writing that is their destiny. Each day, Mawu gives the day's writing to Legba, indicating who is to die, be born, dangers to be encountered, fortune to be met. Legba, if he wishes, can change these matters. Though people knew that Fa was the will of the gods, they forgot the importance of Legba. So three other men came to earth at a place called Gisi; they were Adjaka, Oku, and Ogbena. They reported that Mawu said that Legba is very important, that Legba is the son, the brother, and the assistant of Mawu herself. If people on earth are in need of anything, they must first of all address themselves to Legba, who has the power to do as he chooses on earth. Then these prophets showed a man named Alaundje how to make Fa. They had brought with them from the sky the fruit of the palm tree used for divining Fa. Now they showed Alaundje how, when a man wishes to know his destiny, he must enter a forest, take the kernels, throw them, and trace eight lines on the earth. These eight lines reveal the destiny of this man. This same man must then gather the earth on which he has traced the lines of his destiny and put it into a small cloth. This man who now possesses his destiny must give the writing to a scholar to interpret. These same prophets explained each line to Alaundje, along with the meaning of the lines of the hand, lines that correspond to the blueprint of the soul that Mawu gives to all men: by the writing on the hand of man, Mawu makes known her own writing. And as the writing that controls human destiny is in the house of Mawu, it is necessary that Legba be worshiped. See also: Esu, Ifa, Legba, Mawu.

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