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"The sacred texts of Ifa, repository of the accumulated wisdom of countless generations of Yoruba people, are an invaluable source not only for all students of African oral literature and Yoruba civilization, but also for future generations interested in the continuing vitality of Ifa divination and a Yoruba way of life and thought." -- Henry Drewal

This landmark study of Ifa, the most important and elaborate system of divination of the Yoruba people of Nigeria, remains a monumental contribution to scholarship in anthropology, folklore, religion, philosophy, linguistics, and African and African-American studies.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. PREFACE
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Images
  2. pp. xiii-xviii
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  1. Part One: IFA DIVINATION
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. I. INTRODUCTION
  2. pp. 3-12
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  1. II. PREVIOUS STUDIES
  2. pp. 13-25
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  1. III. THE APPARATUS OF IFA DIVINATION AND THE PRELIMINARY INVOCATIONS
  2. pp. 26-39
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  1. IV. THE FIGURES OF IFA
  2. pp. 40-50
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  1. V. SPECIFIC ALTERNATIVES: IBO AND ADIMU
  2. pp. 51-59
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  1. VI. THE SACRIFICES AND MEDICINES
  2. pp. 60-67
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  1. VII. THE PREDICTIONS
  2. pp. 68-75
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  1. VIII. PROFESSIONAL ETHICS
  2. pp. 76-80
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  1. IX. THE DIVINERS
  2. pp. 81-90
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  1. X. THE KING'S DIVINERS
  2. pp. 91-102
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  1. XI. THE SYSTEM OF BELIEF
  2. pp. 103-119
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  1. XII. THE DIVINATION VERSES
  2. pp. 120-138
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  1. Part Two: THE VERSES OF IFA
  2. p. 139
  1. Verses of Ifa: pages, 140-264
  2. pp. 140-264
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  1. Verses of Ifa: pages, 265-362
  2. pp. 265-362
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  1. Verses of Ifa: pages, 363-466
  2. pp. 363-466
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  1. Verses of Ifa: pages, 467-564
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  1. REFERENCES CITED
  2. pp. 565-575
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253114655
Related ISBN
9780253206381
MARC Record
OCLC
44958041
Pages
608
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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