Carbon dating of opa oranmiyan
Although certain traditional rites are performed there, it is still open to tourists.
But there are some parts of the shrine that could only be accessed by the initiates.
From atop the demarcation, there are three steps to walk down and get to the staff. Walking further behind the staff will lead to the inner sanctum said to be for only the initiates.
The Oranmiyan obelisk is hundreds of years old and has history behind.
The staff and the groove are located at Mopa area in Ile Ife.
Any newly ordained king in Ile Ife and environs collects his staff of office in the groove.
Despite its age and history, the staff still plays an important role in the installation of traditional rulers of some towns and cities.
On entering the shrine, the staff could be seen just about 40 feet away.