This is a Yoruba story (pataki) of Ejiogbe as a divinity, where Orí, the spiritual head that directs our destiny, becomes King of our body.
And it is that at the beginning of creation all the deities were created without heads, in fact, the head was one of those deities that lived apart from the body and thanks to the significant work carried out by Ejiogbe in the sky today it is permanently linked to us, guiding us every day.
Yoruba history of Orí as a divinity where the body unites
The Awo Eba Ono lived in heaven and was called Amure.
one day invite the fortune teller Orunmila to Amure, so that he could make a divination for him and thus find a way for the Divinities to be physically complete.
Amure begins to consult Orunmila and asks him to put his arms up, joining the palms of his hands and rubbing them when praying to have a head.
The Awo makes divination to Orunmila and tells him that he has to make ebbo with a clay pot, soap, four kola nuts and a sponge.
In consultation, the Ifá priest specifies that the nuts cannot be broken, that he must keep them in a place that is sacred because someone would go later to break those nuts.
Orula makes ebo so that the divinities are complete
The divinity of the head, Orí, also invites Amure to make divination for him and he tells him that he must offer four kolá nuts to his guardian angel and until he fulfilled it, he would not prosper.
The head is upset, because she could not afford four kola nuts.
Orunmila for his part makes ebbo and leaves the four kola nuts in a sacred place of Ifa.
Eshú then communicates to heaven that Orunmila had four kolá nuts stored and that he was waiting for a deity to break them.
They began to go to Orunmila all the deities, but he drives them away telling them that none of them had the strength to crack those nuts.
And so, all the deities were offended and left.
Even the son of God Orishanla visited him, paid homage to him and gave him some beautiful and large nuts, but he also left, because Orunmila told him that he was not the one to crack the nuts either.
The only deity who had not gone to see Orunmila was Orí and she decides to go see him.
Orí reaches Orula's feet and breaks the nuts
Orí rolls to Orunmila's house, and when he sees him, he comes out and carries him.
He enters the house, fills the clay pot with water, takes the sponge, the soap and begins to wash Orí.
He dries Orí and takes him to the sacred place of Ifá where he keeps the kolá nuts and asks him to break them.
Grateful for Orunmila's gesture, Orí begins to pray with the kolá nuts in his hands for Orula so that everything he did would be fulfilled and manifested.
He also prays for himself to be offered a place to live forever.
Finishing praying, Ori wheeled backwards and cracked the nuts so loudly that it was heard in heaven.
When the other deities heard that noise they realized that the nuts had been split and they were intrigued to know who it was.
But it didn't take them long to find out who had done it because Eshú told everyone that Orí had been the deity chosen to crack the nuts.
Thanks to Orunmila the vital union of the body is fulfilled
Without delay, all the parts of the body that were previously individualized decide to unite and follow the lead.
Then they go to Orunmila's house and there they decide to take Orí as their head.
Due to the role assumed by Orunmila in this important and vital union, today to pay him respect, he touches the ground with his head as a sign of veneration.
From that link, Orí becomes the King of the body, and he is the one who leads and directs it.