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This landmark volume compiled by Jacob K. Olupona and Rowland O. Abiodun brings readers into the diverse world of Ifá—its discourse, ways of thinking, and artistic expression as manifested throughout the Afro-Atlantic. Firmly rooting Ifá within African religious traditions, the essays consider Ifá and Ifá divination from the perspectives of philosophy, performance studies, and cultural studies. They also examine the sacred context, verbal art, and the interpretation of Ifá texts and philosophy. With essays from the most respected scholars in the field, the book makes a substantial contribution toward understanding Ifá and its role in contemporary Yoruba and diaspora cultures.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Preface
  2. Jacob K. Olupona, Rowland O. Abiodun
  3. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. Jacob K. Olupona, Rowland O. Abiodun, Niyi Afolabi
  3. pp. 1-14
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  1. Part I: Ifá Orature: Its Interpretation and Translation
  2. pp. 15-16
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  1. 1. Ayajo as Ifá in Mythical and Sacred Contexts
  2. Ayo Opefeyitimi
  3. pp. 17-31
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  1. 2. Continuity and Change in the Verbal, Artistic, Ritualistic, and Performance Traditions of Ifá Divination
  2. Wándé Abímbólá
  3. pp. 32-42
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  1. 3. Recasting Ifá: Historicity and Recursive Recollection in Ifá Divination Texts
  2. Andrew Apter
  3. pp. 43-49
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  1. 4. Ifá, Knowledge, Performance, the Sacred, and the Medium
  2. Olasope O. Oyelaran
  3. pp. 50-65
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  1. 5. “Writing” and “Reference” in Ifá
  2. Adéléke Adéèkó
  3. pp. 66-88
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  1. Part II: Ifá as Knowledge: Theoretical Questions and Concerns
  2. pp. 89-90
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  1. 6. Ifá: Sixteen Odù, Sixteen Questions
  2. Barry Hallen
  3. pp. 91-99
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  1. 7. Kín N’Ifá Wí?: Philosophical Issues in Ifá Divination
  2. Olúfémi Táíwò
  3. pp. 100-116
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  1. 8. Diviner as Explorer: The Afuwape Paradigm
  2. Rowland O. Abiodun
  3. pp. 117-132
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  1. 9. “The Hunter Thinks the Monkey Is Not Wise. The Monkey Is Wise, But Has Its Own Logic”: Multiple Divination Systems and Multiple Knowledge Systems in Yorùbá Religious Life
  2. Mei-Mei Sanford
  3. pp. 133-140
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  1. 10. Dagbon, Oyo, Kongo: Critical and Comparative Reflections on Sacrifice
  2. Wyatt MacGaffey
  3. pp. 141-157
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  1. 11. Ifá: The Quintessential Builder of Our Bank of Images
  2. Akínwùmí Ìsola
  3. pp. 158-167
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  1. 12. Odù Imole: Islamic Tradition in Ifá and the Yorùbá Religious Imagination
  2. Jacob K. Olupona
  3. pp. 168-178
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  1. Part III. Ifá in the Afro-Atlantic
  2. pp. 179-180
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  1. 13. Ifá Divination as Sacred Compass for Reading Self and World
  2. Velma Love
  3. pp. 181-192
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  1. 14. Ìtan Odù Òní: Tales of Strivers Today
  2. John Mason
  3. pp. 193-203
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  1. 15. Orunmila’s Faithful Dog: Transmitting Sacred Knowledge in a Lucumí Orisha Tradition
  2. Joseph M. Murphy
  3. pp. 204-211
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  1. 16. Mofá and the Oba: Translation of Ifá Epistemology in the Afro-Cuban Dilogún
  2. Ysamur M. Flores-Peña
  3. pp. 212-222
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  1. 17. The Pai-de-santo and the Babaláwo: Religious Interaction and Ritual Rearrangements within Orisha Religion
  2. Stefania Capone
  3. pp. 223-245
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  1. 18. The Role of Women in the Ifá Priesthood: Inclusion versus Exclusion
  2. M. Ajisebo McElwaine Abimbola
  3. pp. 246-259
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  1. 19. Transnational Ifá: The “Readings of the Year” and Contemporary Economies of Orisa Knowledge
  2. Kamari Maxine Clarke
  3. pp. 260-274
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  1. Part IV. Sacred Art in Ifá
  2. pp. 275-276
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  1. 20. The Creatures of Ifá
  2. Philip M. Peek
  3. pp. 277-293
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  1. 21. Of Color, Character, Attributes, and Values of Orunmila
  2. Bolaji Campbell
  3. pp. 294-307
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  1. 22. Signs, Doors, and Games: Divination’s Dynamic Visual Canon
  2. Laura S. Grillo
  3. pp. 308-324
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  1. 23. Ifá: Visual and Sensorial Aspects
  2. Henry John Drewal
  3. pp. 325-339
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  1. 24. Art, Culture, and Creativity: The Representation of Ifá in Yorùbá Video Films
  2. Akintunde Akinyemi
  3. pp. 340-358
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 359-362
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 363-371
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253018960
Related ISBN
9780253018823
MARC Record
OCLC
945376243
Pages
390
Launched on MUSE
2016-04-23
Language
English
Open Access
No
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