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Ifa Divination Communication Between Gods and Men in West Africa

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ISBN-10: 0253206383

ISBN-13: 9780253206381

Edition: 1991 (Reprint)

Authors: William Bascom, William W. Bascom

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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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Book details

Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 3/11/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 608
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.288

Preface
Introduction
Previous Studies
The Apparatus of Ifa Divination and the Preliminary Invocations
The Figures of Ifa
Specific Alternatives: Ibo and Adimu
The Sacrifices and Medicines
The Predictions
Professional Ethics
The Diviners
The King's Diviners
The System of Belief
The Divination Verses
The Verses of Ifa
References Cited