Not a single woman inside the Palace

In Yoruba land, it’s a taboo for women to witness Oro worshippers in action. Especially while performing traditional rites of passage for a departed monarch. So on the day the Ooni was interred, Ile Ooduano woman was allowed into Ile Oodua. Not just women, visitors were restricted to the venue of the inter religious service which commenced at 10am and lasted for about 3hours with strict instructions for visitors to leave immediately after the service. As a result, many parts of the town had already been deserted by residents even during the service because they were eager to comply with the curfew as announced by the palace.

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