Why The Yoruba Elders Banned Human Sacrifice In Yoruba land. A long time ago in the old Oyo empire, human sacrifices were seen as a means to appease the gods so that bad happenings could not be observed in the land.
Thus whenever there is any plague, such as an epidemic, famine, war or any external aggressions of any sort human sacrifice will be considered as a remedy to it.
The people who were responsible for the sacrifices are the indigenous cultists who had imperatives check and balance with the king.
Since the Oyo empire is the centralized r uling kingdom ( apart from Ife)of the Yoruba land then the practice of human sacrifice was observed throughout the Yorubaland.
It now happened in a certain year that convulsions became epidemic, thus the cultist concluded to tackle it with sacrifices as usual.
So they summoned the king’s minion to announce to the people that there would a curfew that will last for seven days.
During the curfew, no one is expected to move about, except the people that are in charge of the sacrifices.
Thus, the main target of the cultist is a strange person, who is not aware of the proceedings.
However, a certain man was caught during the curfew and taken to Abore (the chief executioner of the cultist) who gave a command that the man should be blindfold and both his hands and legs should be tied and taken to the secret room where the final activities will be done.
So Abore took all the paraphernalia that is meant for the work and prepare to enter the secret room as usual.
According to the rule of the cultist; all the members will be outside singing while Abore enters the secret room, as he proceeds with what is expected of him he sings along with them, and through the song, he will explain what is going on till the victim will be used for immolating the gods.
Unbeknownst to them that the man they captured is another strong man before Abore could enter the secret room he had to make some incantations which enabled the shackles in his leg and the string in his hand to cut off.
He removes the blindfold afterwards and prepares to attack the priest.
He attacks Abore on his entrance because the strange man was sturdy; with just his fist Abore was emasculated being full of years, while the strange man was younger.
He lifted Abore and tied both his hands and feet.
Abore shouted and instead of the other cultists to come into the secret room to rescue him, they thought it was the victim that is screaming.
As the man reaches for a knife, Abore sang a song to communicate with the other cultists who were outside.
He sang thus:” Arakunrin Yi mandumi lorun ooo” meaning this man is about to slaughter me
The cultist responded: ” Idundun bee londu nii, Idundun” meaning that is exactly what we expected, so release yourself for him.
Abore sang again: ” Ani oman remi lorun Ioo”
The cultist responded: ” Irenre bee lonreni irenre” meaning that is exactly what we want, so release yourselves for him.
The cult members did not know that it’s the strange man in control until he slaughtered Abore and cut off his head, and he threw his head into the midst of the members that were outside singing.
On sighting the head of Abore all the cultists trembled and dispersed in a different direction.
The news of the death of Abore by a stranger spreads to the entire Yoruba land, and since what happened is a great taboo, the centralized king at Ife was displeased and he abrogated the custom till date.
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