Certain women once went to "Eshu" to ask for the power of witchcraft. Eshu was willing to give it to them but he had to refer them to Orunmila.
Orunmila would not allow them to go out into the world with the power of witchcraft until they promised to honor certain signs and materials to serve men as protections against their power.
They agreed to this but it was necessary for them to go on to Olorun to make their agreement binding.
This transaction is mentioned in certain ancient Ifa verses of unknown origin which are used in divination.
"ldi ogbungbun, aworo niye"
They went to Alara's house and kill him
They went to Ajero's house and kill him
They went to Orangun's house and kill him
You pluck the Okro of Ejiwo
You eat the Camwood of Ailoran
You kill the stammering water of Owu
When Eshu came, you left for a place in the sky and it received you not
Then you went to Orunmila and when you got there
You greeted him and he asked you where you were going
Then you said you were going into the world to be killing people and to be debarring their progress
It is a forbidden act to eat soap
Then Orunmila said that he would not allow the gates to be opened unto you
Unless you go to the Almighty God
When you got there
You explain yourselves to Him
Then almighty God said:
"Spittle once out of the mouth
Will not come back to the mouth again
The grass that the elephants tread will never rise again
Therefore you must not change your agreement
And anybody with this sign on should be honoured'."
NOTE: Recite The Above Incantation Whenever You Are Confronted By Witches!