……….. Nobody can count the stones
………The stones are sacred
These Chiefs are explaining some points about the sacred stones
CAN YOU COUNT?
Are you a good mathematician or a good Accountant who can count and get an accurate answer to figures? .If you are sure of yourself then don’t be disappointed when you fail this simple arithmetic. If you are very sure of yourself then come to Ijero- Ekiti to make effort and count the number of these stones in the above brick fence,
Outside His Royal Majesty Oba Joseph Adebayo Adewole the Alajero of Ijero’s palace is a sacred place where hundreds of stones are neatly kept in a circle and guarded by concrete wall with sharp and pointed irons to protect the stones.
Looking at these stones one may be curious to ask over 1001 questions , ”what importance are these stones?.Are they precious stones?. What are these stones doing here?.Why are they here and for how long have they been here? . What could have been the reason for ”dumping” them here?. Are they gold?”
In Ijero -Ekiti this place has become a sacred place thus it has become a Tourist attraction Center . It is sacred . It is kept neat always .Speaking with the monarch , the Alajero of Ijero who doubles as the traditional ruler and head of the community , he said ‘‘ each stone represents a king that had passed away and that is how it has been from time immemorial”, he continued ,” nobody can count the number of the stones and while counting the number of these stones you get confused , and that is mysterious’‘ .
He continued ”If you start counting the stones one, two, three you would miss it and will never be able to finish counting them as you would get confused”.
He continued ”if you go back and start counting again you will get confused no matter how smart or brilliant you are. No man in this town knows the number of the stones deposited here”, he said beating his chest but quickly added ”It is only the Oloris (wives of the Monarch) and the monarch himself that know the number ”.
He explained further as he emphasized on the ”holiness” of the place , he said ”the place is a sacred place and one must not go into the place, or throw things or rubbish into the place, whoever does that would see its repercussion. No one ever tries it”, he said with all seriousness.
A STONE REPRESENTS A DEAD MONARCH
Still on the stones , the king said ”the sacred place where we keep these stones started long time ago when our forefathers were not educated , so whenever a king dies the community would place a stone there”. So if you want to know how many kings that had passed away you will have to count the number of stones there. Despite our civilization , education and modern world we refused to jettison the idea”.
When contacted , Mr. Yewande Joshua Olukolade who is a native of the town with two Master degrees confirmed the story . When reminded that the town is among the few towns in Nigeria who can boast of at least five graduates from each household but still using the stone age method to record their monarchs’ deaths Olukolade disagreed, he said ” it is true we are educated but we cherish our culture and tradition our forefathers left behind.We met them doing it and we shall continue irrespective of our education.
However , the monarch who is a lover of tradition and culture said ”When I pass away too a stone would be placed there, and that would be my own stone”.
These stones represent the number of the departed Kings in Ijero-Ekiti.