The Sixteen Principal Odu

A tesseract with the 16
principal Odu.


The sixteen principal Odu are the sixteen vertices of a tesseract. Ifa literary corpus has sixteen chapters, and each chapter is comprised of sixteen verses. Each vertex is a chapter such that the sixteen vertices of the tesseract are the sixteen chapters of the Ifa literary corpus.

The sixteen principal Odu are:

  1. || || || || - Oyeku
  2. || || || | - Okanran
  3. || || | || - Oturupon
  4. || || | | - Iwonrin
  5. || | || || - Ika
  6. || | || | - Ofun
  7. || | | || - Iwori
  8. || | | | - Osa
  9. | || || || - Obara
  10. | || || | - Odi
  11. | || | || - Ose
  12. | || | | - Otura
  13. | | || || - Irosun
  14. | | || | - Irete
  15. | | | || - Ogunda
  16. | | | | - Ogbe

Note that each Odu is made up of either a double line or a single line or both.

When converting from Ifa to binary numbers, double line is equal to 0 and single line is equal to 1.

|| = 0

| = 1

Examples:
  1. Oyeku (|| || || ||) = 0000
  2. Ika (|| | || ||) = 01000
  3. Otura (| || | |) = 1011
Therefore, the sixteen principal Odu are the following sixteen binary numbers:
  1. 0000
  2. 0001
  3. 0010
  4. 0011
  5. 0100
  6. 0101
  7. 0110
  8. 0111
  9. 1000
  10. 1001
  11. 1010
  12. 1011
  13. 1100
  14. 1101
  15. 1110
  16. 1111

A tesseract is equal to base 16. The sixteen decimal numbers in the base 16 numerical system are obtained when the sixteen principal Odu are concerted from base 2 to base 10.

Base 2 is the southern kingdom of Judah, base 10 is the northern kingdom of Israel, and converting from base 2 to base 10 is relocating the tesseract from Judah to Israel.

When converted from base 2 to base 10, the sixteen binary numbers representing the sixteen principal Odu are the following decimal numbers: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15.

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