Origin Stories. Origin Stories are stories that we humans tell ourselves about where our species , and oftentimes our cultures, originally came from!
Throughout human history, different cultures have told very different stories about where and how their people or “the people” (often referring to their specific culture) originated.
30 million Yoruba people in 2008.
Bronze Statue of Ooni of Ife
in full regalia at Ife Museum
Olodumare decided he wanted to create dry land on the waters of the Earth, Ile Aye
1) snail filled with earth
2) 5-toed chicken
3) palm nuts
Ogun flung the chain towards Earth & Obatala began to descend, BUT the last rung was still far from waters of earth!
When Obatala saw firm ground, he dropped a palm nut on the land, which sprouted into a palm tree.
Palm Trees in Abeokuta, NI
Then, Obatala started to mold humans from the earth clay, but he became tired and made palm wine from the fruit of the tree and got drunk! So, he accidentally created humans with some abnormalities—like blindness or skin conditions. But he kept drinking until he fell asleep!