“Trade secrets” of each respective òwò (trade, craft specilization) are historically “owned” by a particular family agbolé (compound, lineage), which either originated the trade or inherited it (e.g., by marriage or migration). Fathers and mothers practice gender specific versions of their trade, and pass trade secrets on to their sons and daughters, respectively. In the case of the weavers, for example, P.S.O. Aremu writes, “the men keep strictly to the horizontal or belt loom to produce strips of 4 1/2″ wide, while their women counterparts can produce on their own vertical looms wider kìjipá strips of about 21 inches… “The children learn to weave in the traditional way, from infancy, so that before they attain the age of ten, various aspects of weaving could have been mastered. The trainees are expected to have oye, intelligence; ojú inú, insight; ojú oná, an eye for creativity; ìlutí, the inner ear/openness to instruction.
THIS is the foundation of orisa lifestyle, not pots, goats and ileke. THIS is the formula for saving our youth, not disrespecting themselves, their parents and teachers. THIS is the secret of authentic happiness, not acquiring cars, cell phones and handbags. Why is craft mastery by family lineage so important? Because it establishes USEFULNESS at every phase of human development. In usefulness, you find the ANTIDOTE to depression. In usefulness you find the cure for loneliness. In usefulness, you open the gateway to your natural gifts and talents, which connect you to something greater than yourself.