They were there on the railing of a bridge over the Clyde river. Different shapes. Different sizes.
I spotted them easily because there were many of them hanging, clustered on the railing. They just had this fetish aura about how they quietly hanged. The fetish connotation made me think of them first as àgádágodos before padlocks. Sorry, but that was how my mind responded. Àgádágodo. I went closer. Upon examination, I saw names etched on the àgádágodos. Two names on each àgádágodo – one male, one female.
OK, àgádágodo means padlock. Simple. The story should make more sense now.
It didn’t require a lot of neuronal activity to figure that lovers left those àgádágodos there as some sort of rite to symbolise permanent love and commitment between them. That’s not very unfamiliar. I imagine how it would have happened:
Two people fall in love. Their love waxes hotter and hotter till they both feel convinced they must be together forever, and shun the love of any other person. Verbal commitment to each other just will not do. They decide to seal their commitment with the àgádágodo ritual. For some, the rite may mean be nothing more than a symbol. For others, it’s a deeply spiritual matter, a matter of life and death.. Yea, death may be included in the contract – death for anyone who breaches the terms and conditions of the covenant. Love could mean just that to some people.
For love is as strong as death,its jealousy as enduring as the grave.
Now, some of us know very well that the àgádágodo ritual has other fetish applications than love. I might not want to go in-depth into all that discussion just now. There are stories of how people have used the àgádágodo ritual to do immense evil to other people. It’s just interesting to once in a while see such things as this. It might not interest you. It interests me. Not everyone believes anything exists beyond our physical world. But I do believe this world is a spiritual place. I belong on the side of light. I am affiliated with Jesus Christ.
New word: àgádágodo.
English meaning: padlock.
Origin: Yoruba tribe, West Africa.