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By William Bascomb

"The sacred texts of Ifa, repository of the collected knowledge of numerous generations of Yoruba humans, are a useful resource not just for all scholars of African oral literature and Yoruba civilization, but in addition for destiny generations attracted to the ongoing energy of Ifa divination and a Yoruba lifestyle and thought." —Henry Drewal

This landmark examine of Ifa, an important and complex method of divination of the Yoruba humans of Nigeria, is still a enormous contribution to scholarship in anthropology, folklore, faith, philosophy, linguistics, and African and African-American studies.

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Ref. p . 29. ) A divining chain (9p~l~) from Qy9, made up of 9P~l~ pods and the popular type of brass chain, with cowries at every one finish. The determine proven is Q§~-Ofun. total size: 50 inches . 2B. (Ref. p . 31. ) A divining chain from Ilara, made up of replicas of gp~l~ pods solid in a gentle white steel (probably aluminum) with cash at every one finish. As proven, the determine additionally reads Q§~-Ofun, yet possibly this could be reversed (Ofun-Q§~), considering the fact that one of many cash can have been misplaced from the right-hand 1/2 the chain . total size: 35. seventy five inches. three. (Ref. p. 32. ) A divining bag (apo ! fa) from Qyg , made from c loth a nd decora ted with c owry she lls . Width : 14 inc hes. 4A-B. (Ref. p . ' 32. ) beaded divining luggage. One from Igana, at the left, indicates a diviner on horseback sporting his iron employees (9r~r~) in his correct hand and together with his head lined with a material as safeguard opposed to the solar. within the foreground is a divining tray exhibiting the face of Eshu on the best and with the determine Ogbe Meji marked on it. the opposite from Qy9, at the correct, exhibits males, one retaining a gun and the opposite a crown. The letters okay discuss with the identify of the diviner, Oke Anigbami, who made the bag approximately 1949. Widths: 10. seventy five, five. five inches. five. (Ref. p. 32. ) A divining cup (agere Ifa, ajele Ifa) from Deyin, a Yoruba city in Dahomey. It exhibits a guy on horseback observed by means of 3 drummers and an attendant with a employees. at the lid cocks are biting snakes who, in flip, are biting a tortoise. The cup, lid, and loop hinge are carved from a unmarried block of wooden. peak: eleven. five inches. 6 . (Ref. p. 32. ) A lidless divining cup displaying a guy on horseback followed by means of drummers and attendants. the lady on his correct includes a bowl with a hinged lid. (Collection of Mr. and Mrs. William F. Kaiser, Berkeley, California. ) peak: 10. seventy five inches. 7. (Ref. p. fifty two . ) A brass divining cup with a hinged lid, solid via the misplaced wax method.. It represents a guy on horseback observed via his spouse and fourteen attendants. (Collection of The Denver artwork Museum. ) top: 12 inches. eight. (Ref. p. 32. ) A divining cup from ~f(~m-Alaye representing a feminine worshiper providing a cock whose again varieties a detachable lid . the girl is surrounded through attendants whose subordination to the 2 major figures is indicated either by way of their diminutive dimension and through the fac t that their carving has no longer been accomplished. peak: 14 . five inches . nine. (Ref. p. 33. ) A wood divining bowl (gpgn ig~d~) from If~, s howing the c e ntral and r a dial c ompartments. The triangula r des igns at the sep a r capable lid are marke rs to point how the lid will be situated at the b a se. Dia mete r: 15 inc h es . 10. (Ref. p. 33. ) A divining bowl at Igana whose separable lid, embellished with 4 Eshu f ac es , s e rve s als o as a divining tray. Diameter: c a. 20 inche s. 1 I. (Ref. p. 34. ) A round divining tray (9p9n Ifa) carved approximately 1934 via Baba Alawode of Igana. The face of Eshu is on the best, and the figures round the facet characterize porcupines, wild goats, and tortoises. The interwoven motif is usual in embroidery and beadworking in addition to in carving.

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