Another oriki dedicated to the Yoruba goddess of trade and wealth, Aje (see also Salute to Aje, Goddess of Wealth).
The man who poverty makes a beggar among friends
Knows how the world dodges the needy…
The goddess Aje appears within Yoruba mythology as a patroness of trade and economic prosperity. The following oriki is addressed to Aje and also describes the ways in which wealth effects human affairs.
Aje, supreme god of wealth.
Benevolent provider of all human needs…
A previous poem for the Yoruba trickster god Eshu (see Eshu, God of Fate) describes him as a deity who loves disrupting the laws of probability and creating impossible contradictions of time and space. As an orisha who crosses boundaries, his shrines are usually located at crossroads and at the entrances to homes. Another important station for Eshu is the marketplace.
People of the market, clear the way!
We are coming through the market gate…
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