A couple of years ago, my mom and I went to a faith healer in the Caribbean and he gave me my spirit name, Ayodele.
Being of African decent (like some long,long time ago my great-grandmother on my mother’s side was Creole) and heavily connected to the idea of spirituality, seeking a faith healer is as normal as just going to the doctor for a check-up. It’s not so much the belief in God or even being religious. It’s more… a belief that a spiritual plane co-exists within the mortal one.
I’m not gonna go into details about it, it’s too complicated.
Anyway, my mom brought me to a faith healer because she strongly believed that someone from her very turbulent past put some sort of… juju (or curse….? I’m not even sure if that’s an accurate translation for it or not) on her. So she went to the healer in hopes of ridding herself of this weight so she could move on with her life.
Me, being from a very logical and scientific environment, didn’t and still don’t really believe in it. It always comes across as a scapegoat for people being shitty. More than scaring the shit out of me, I was annoyed at being dragged here when I could have been enjoying the beaches and the ocean.
Walking into this man’s temple… just felt wrong. You know when you walk around your house in the dark and you hear a creak and the hairs on the back of your neck stand up? That kind of icky-sinking feeling.
Getting a “reading” was the last thing I wanted to do, but of course I got one anyway.
He mumbled some garbled words in Igbo, started shaking pretty violently and his eyes rolled back in his head. Blindly, he started writing down some symbols on a sheet of paper (that he would later tell me that it was all because his spirit friends were speaking through him), he wrote down everything there was about me.
At least 20% of me. Everything else was just generic information that you can say about at 23-year-old fresh out of university.
Anyway, he told me of my spirit name, and my purpose was education. And I was like “What the heck is a spirit name? Why can’t I just be Kededra?” and he explained what the name meant:
“Ayodele means joy has come home. In my language and the language of the spirits. This name is given to strong, humorous and articulate young people. Your purpose is education. Learning and teaching and spreading knowledge. You have gone through much in your short life and the last but these things have only made you stronger and more capable.”
But then I Googled the name and the exact same thing came up….
I’m done with Midnight Garden and on to Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor and after this ordeal with getting sucked into the ocean by some water alien, the protagonist, Adaora names said alien, Ayodele.
So… can I interpret the meaning of Ayodele to mean water alien instead…?