Kingdoms of the Yoruba


Author: Robert Sydney Smith

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 9780299116040

Category: History

Page: 174

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This third edition of what has been described as "this minor classic" has been extensively revised to take account of advances in Nigerian historiography. The twenty million Yorubas are one of the largest and most important groups of people on the African continent. Historically they were organized in a series of autonomous kingdoms and their past is richly recorded in oral tradition and archaeology. From the fifteenth century onwards there are descriptions by visitors and from the nineteenth century there are abundant official reports from administrators and missionaries. Yoruba sculpture in stone, metal, ivory, and wood is famous. Less well-known are the elaborate and carefully designed constitutional forms which were evolved in the separate kingdoms, the methods of warfare and diplomacy, the oral literature, and the religion based on the worship of a "high god" surrounded by a pantheon of more accessible deities. Many of these aspects are shown in the drawings and photographs which have been used--for the first time--to illustrate this distinguished work.

The Handbook of Yoruba Religious Concepts


Author: Ifa Karade

Publisher: Weiser Books

ISBN: 9780877287896

Category: Religion

Page: 126

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In this introductory volume, Baba Ifa Karade provides an easily understandable overview of the Yoruba religion. He describes 16 orisha and shows us how to work with divination, to use the chakras to internalize the teachings of Yoruba, and describes howto create a sacred place of worship. Includes prayers, dances, songs, offerings, and sacrifices to honor the orisha and egun. Illustrations, charts, glossary, bibliography, and index.

Religious Encounter and the Making of the Yoruba


Author: John David Yeadon Peel

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253215888

Category: History

Page: 420

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"Peel is by training an anthropologist, but one possessed of an acute historical sensibility. Indeed, this magnificent book achieves a degree of analytical verve rare in either discipline." —History Today "[T]his is scholarship of the highest quality.... Peel lifts the Yoruba past to a dimension of comparative seriousness that no one else has managed.... The book teems with ideas... about big and compelling matters of very wide interest." —T. C. McCaskie In this magisterial book, J. D. Y. Peel contends that it is through their encounter with Christian missions in the mid-19th century that the Yoruba came to know themselves as a distinctive people. Peel's detailed study of the encounter is based on the rich archives of the Anglican Church Missionary Society, which contain the journals written by the African agents of mission, who, as the first generation of literate Yoruba, played a key role in shaping modern Yoruba consciousness. This distinguished book pays special attention to the experiences of ordinary men and women and shows how the process of Christian conversion transformed Christianity into something more deeply Yoruba.

Yoruba Myths


Author: Ulli Beier

Publisher: CUP Archive

ISBN: 9780521229951

Category: History

Page: 82

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This mysterious, poetic and often amusing collection of myths illustrates the religion and thought of the West African Yoruba People.

The History of the Yorubas

From the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the British Protectorate


Author: Samuel Johnson,Johnson,Obadiah Johnson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108020992

Category: History

Page: 750

View: 7683

The first published account and standard reference for the history of the Yoruba people of Nigeria, first published in 1921.

Beginner's Yoruba


Author: Kayode J. Fakinlede

Publisher: Hippocrene Books

ISBN: 9780781810692

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 282

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"Beginner's Yoruba" is now available with two accompanying audio CDs. It provides an introduction to the Yoruba language, which is spoken by over 30 million people in south-western Nigeria, parts of the Benin Republic, and Togo, as well as in the diaspora populations of Brazil, Cuba, and Haiti. The 15 lessons are designed for both classroom use and self-study. Practice dialogues, combined with grammatical explanations, aid the student in understanding the basics of the language. Each lesson also contains a vocabulary section that highlights the important aspects of its featured topic. The audio CDs, which complement the lessons, help the student easily master the language's unique tones and vowel sounds, often considered the most difficult aspect of the language to learn. Quizzes and practice exercises are integrated into the lessons to help reinforce the material. The book also includes information on various aspects of Yoruba culture, including religion, songs, and folklore.

Yoruba Ritual

Performers, Play, Agency


Author: Margaret Thompson Drewal

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253112737

Category: History

Page: 272

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Yoruba peoples of southwestern Nigeria conceive of rituals as journeys -- sometimes actual, sometimes virtual. Performed as a parade or a procession, a pilgrimage, a masking display, or possession trance, the journey evokes the reflexive, progressive, transformative experience of ritual participation. Yoruba Ritual is an original and provocative study of these practices. Using a performance paradigm, Margaret Thompson Drewal forges a new theoretical and methodological approach to the study of ritual that is thoroughly grounded in close analysis of the thoughts and actions of the participants. Challenging traditional notions of ritual as rigid, stereotypic, and invariant, Drewal reveals ritual to be progressive, transformative, generative, and reflexive and replete with simultaneity, multifocality, contingency, indeterminacy, and intertextuality. Throughout the book prominence is given to the intentionality of actors as knowledgeable agents who transform ritual itself through play and improvisation. Integral to the narrative are interpolations about performances and their meanings by Kolawole Ositola, a scholar of Yoruba oral tradition, ritual practitioner, diviner, and master performer. Rich descriptions of rituals relating to birth, death, reincarnation, divination, and constructions of gender are rendered all the more vivid by a generous selection of field photos of actual performances.

A Grammar of Yoruba


Author: Ayọ Bamgbose

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521073650

Category: Computers

Page: 175

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Yoruba, a major West African language spoken by over twelve million people, has had so much scholarly attention before the release of this 1966 work, but no extensive descriptive grammar had ever been published. Dr Ayo Bamgbose therefore made a major contribution to the study of language. This descriptive grammar derives from a large body of written and spoken texts in Standard Yoruba. In order to avoid the faulta of traditional grammars, this study has been deliberately based on a structural theory, using Halliday's Scale and Category model. Dr Bamgbose's study of Yoruba was the first full-length exemplification of this theory to be published, and will continue to be of interest to general linguists as well as to specialists in West African languages and Yoruba scholars.

The Yoruba Traditional Healers of Nigeria


Author: Mary Adekson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135942218

Category: Social Science

Page: 152

View: 7486

This work examines the counseling approaches and techniques used by Yoruba traditional healers of Nigeria. It also describes the functions performed by Yoruba traditional healers when they work within the Yoruba cultural milieu. The information elicited from Yoruba traditional healers through videotape and interviews was analyzed by a Nigerian woman from the Yoruba ethnic group. The results of the volume support the premise that culture plays a significant role in the kind of healing methods and counseling techniques used by professionals and traditional healers, as well as in the type of professionals chosen by clients for consultation concerning their problems.



Author: Wale Owoeye

Publisher: Pipit Inc.


Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 37

View: 2662

SLIM BOOK OF YORUBA ALPHABETS presents to young children of Yoruba ancestry the collected alphabet album for their education and enjoyment. The well-illustrated book is ideal for early beginners learning to talk and also for parents intending to teach their children Yoruba language. It is also good for building basic Yoruba vocabulary. Your kid will love it!

Yorùbá Yé Mi


Author: Fehintola Mosadomi


ISBN: 1937963020


Page: N.A

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Yorùbá Culture

A Philosophical Account


Author: Kọ́lá Abímbọ́lá

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 1483535940

Category: Philosophy

Page: 143

View: 5264

This is a book about Yorùbá thought and practices. It expounds a view about the nature, roles and functions of Yorùbá beliefs in contemporary societies. The position is that philosophical ideas implicit in the Òrìṣà religion form the basis of Yorùbá culture in West Africa, the Americas, and other parts of the world. The book is, therefore, not a catalogue of various cultural practices of Yorùbá peoples around the world. It is not an exposition of tastes in art, dance, etiquette, and other mores that are adopted by this particular social group. It is simply a theoretical account of the philosophical ideas that underlie the world-view of traditional Yorùbá societies. The subject matter of this book is those ontological, epistemological and axiological assumptions about the universe and its inhabitants that underlie the day-to-day life of the peoples called the Yorùbá. These assumptions are philosophical in nature. Ontology refers to views about the types of entities that populate the world; the nature of these entities (i.e., whether they are purely material entitles; whether they are purely spiritual entities; or whether they are both spiritual and material); the properties of these entities (i.e., what are the various attributes and qualities of these entities?) Epistemology deals with questions about theories of knowledge; what do we know, how do we know what we claim to know, and what roles does knowledge play in our day to day lives? Axiology deals with questions of goals and values (i.e., what goals and values do people have in Yorùbá societies and how do they aspire to achieve them?). Although I discuss these issues from a philosophical point of view, I should be up front about what this book is not about. For those interested in the staple philosophical diets of “dualism”, “monism”, “Descartes”, “Plato”, “Gilbert Ryle”, “the correspondence theory of truth”, and what not, this is not the book for you. If you are interested in a potpourri of Western philosophical conceptions and African beliefs, please purchase another book. For although this book will discuss Yorùbá ontological ideas on “Gods and Anti-gods”; the Àjê (who are usually improperly translated into English as “witches”); the influences and roles of these metaphysical entities on human life; views about the nature of personhood; and assumptions about the nature and value of knowledge, this book does not discuss Great Western thinkers and how their views are applicable to an African thought system. If you are interested in Western philosophy disguised as Yorùbá philosophy, this book is not for you.

Yoruba culture


Author: Nigerian Field Society

Publisher: N.A


Category: Religion

Page: 64

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Yoruba Culture and Civilization

An Introductory Bibliography (1845-1976)


Author: B. Olabimpe Aboyade

Publisher: N.A


Category: Yoruba (African people)

Page: 89

View: 662