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African Religions: A Very Short Introduction by Jacob K. Olupona

African Religions: A Very Short Introduction by Jacob K. Olupona

Author:Jacob K. Olupona [Olupona, Jacob K.]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 2014-02-14T06:00:00+00:00


. ṣun is the Yorùbá goddess

of fertility, and her annual festival celebrates the births she has

brought into the community. It also provides an auspicious

moment to pray for barren women.

Considered a cultural hero rather than a god, Ọló.fin in Ìdànrè,

Nigeria, is a brother of Odùduwà, the cultural hero who founded

the Yorùbá sacred city of Ilé-Ifè. in Nigeria and became the first

king there. Ọló.fin receives tribute during the Iden festival. The

festival coincides with the year’s end, a time at which the deceased

are counseled for guidance. During this event, the Ọwá, ruler

of Idanre, represents Ọló.fin on Earth. Ọló.fin, according to oral

history, parted ways with Odùduwà’s followers after his brother’s

demise. Ọló.fin performed various rituals, such as chalking the

Ọwá’s body to resemble Ọló.fin and initiating the festival by first

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