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I need to correct this again. Arousa is the church of the edos where they worship Osanobua /Osanudazi. God Almighty had appeared to them from that sport. Arousa n'akpakpavba. The edo mythology said this from the beginning that God appeared unto His people there. Even in folklore from my grandmother aruosa is a feature. When the Portuguese arrived they brought a cross they were Jesuit's priests.
The King asked them of the significance of what they were carrying. They said it was a cross. They more or less use the tactis of st. Paul to the Athenians. The King said there is a place for that. The Aruosa building was painted white in the present site n the King n all his people had alwayz worshipped there as a people to serve God/Osanobua.
The day of worship wld not hve been a Sunday because the edo calendar is 5 day wk which is still very much in use today. (An example is during interment as they hve a day u cannot bury the dead in edo land even) today. Portuguese brought Sunday worship. The Jesuits priests explanation fell in line with their concept n belief of Osanobua. They told them they hve a place like that the oba asked that they be taken to Holy arousa.
When they got to Aruosa they found the place whitewash, no idols except the altar so they placed their cross on it. These missionaries n subsequent ambassadorial relationships between Benin n portugal were sent to idumwen ebo to live. Ebo quarter still in Benin by the shrine of ehengbuda. Over the period of their relationships the king n his people were baptised n converted to the he Catholic faith.
Things went on normally until the Portuguese left. As the people cld not read they revived their previous form of worship n amalgamated with that of the Jesuits. This continued until invasion. T'was later rebuilt by Oba Eweka n modernised by his son Oba Akenzua. During the time of Akenzua 3 branches of aruosa was built outside Benin where there were a large number of edos such as Onitsha for they are edos in diaspora n Port Harcourt n one other place. Even one in present Republic of Benin.
The edos are Goddist. Holy Arousa is not a trinitarian church. Every edo born is suppose to be a member of the Holy Arousa by birth. Ur analysis of the church shows it started with the Portuguese. Not at all. Pls correct it n if in doubt ask the Ohenosa the chief priest of Holy Arousa. I attended that church with my grandfather wearing white n white scarf on my head until 8 yrs of age. Then went to catholic faith. The dressing of the priests did not start in this century. There is catechism n Holy Book.
Many thanks n God bless.
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