The ARЀ is an ornamentally embellished sacred and symbolic crown which the Oonirisa wears once in a year during the Olojo Festival's cultural procession. The sacredness and authority of this beaded Crown can be traced to the first King that ruled the whole world. He is called NIMROD - by the Hebrews, LAMURUDU as known by the Yorubas or ARAMPHAEL - as called by Arabs (Ora Ife onile ina). He ruled the whole world ruthlessly with the exhibition of the power of the Sun and Fire and without recourse and respect for OLODUMARE, the Almighty God.
Consequent upon Nimrod's confrontational attitude to the Almighty, God raised Oduduwa - the Deity of prayers (ti oba ina ja, o da ina,o ba oorun ja ,o da orun) he fought fire and conquered fire, fought sun and conquered sun. Oduduwa is called Dua by Arabs, Adura by Yorubas and Adua by most ancient tribes of the world. He neutralized subdued, conquered and totally eliminated Aramphael who never wore the sacred Aare crown. But Oduduwa was the first to wear the crown that descended to the earth from Oke Ora hills in Ife.
ODUDUWA's mandate is to establish structures and make the world a better place for mankind. Thus during his second coming through chain, unlike his first coming as a spirit being in charge of prayers in the presence of Olodumare -“Olu odu to mo Ade Are”. OODUA became the first beaded crown wearing King in the world - THE ARЀ CROWN. Oduduwa hereafter, established the royal ruling system of governance in the world whilst the beaded crown became an inheritance of Oonirisa in Ile to n fe - ILE-IFE. This is IFE OOYELAGBO.
The symbolic elements of the are Crown are as follows:
a. Profile - Shape of a full rainbow - Osumare (Osu to mo Aare)
b. Colour - Full colour spectrum of the rainbow
c. Front Piece - 4 Cardinal points - N,S,E,W
d. Front Surround - Symbolizes day
e. Black support - Symbolizes night
f. Three sections - Trinitarian trials of mankind morning, afternoon & night (Every human being undergoes 3 seasons of existence)
g. Three Feathers - Made of African Grey Parrot tail feathers - symbolizing clarity of vision spirituallyh. Brass - Symbolizes longevity
i. Two Long feathers - Symbolizes the creation of the first Man & Woman
j. Colour Beading - Depict the mystery of God
k. Bunched Glass - Creation of the rainbow aesthetic passed on by God - (Yoruba people invented glass beading) - Osumare (Osu to mo Aare)
i. Inside the Aare - It is forbidden to look inside the Aare Crown as it contains mysterious and undisclosed materials
m. Full length beads - Symbolizing the veiled mystery of God and creation