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A traditional healer in the Ifa system of divination in West Africa.

babalawo (bäˑ·bä·läˑ·wō),

n spiritual leader of the Yoruba people of Nigeria who is believed to have healing powers.
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Numbers are derived from the "Familia Tokun" page of Egbe Orisa Oko's website which lists all the people initiated as Babalawo and Iyanifa through the temple.
Traditionally these verses are learned and recited orally by babalawo or iyanifa, priests and priestess of Ifa.