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Orisa Devotion As World Religion The Globalization of Yor�b� Religious Culture

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ISBN-10: 0299224643

ISBN-13: 9780299224646

Edition: 2007

Authors: Jacob K. Olupona, Terry Rey

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As the twenty-first century begins, tens of millions of people participate in devotions to the spirits called orisa. This book explores the emergence of orisa devotion as a world religion, one of the most remarkable and compelling developments in the history of the human religious quest. Originating among the Yoruba people of West Africa, the varied traditions that comprise orisa devotion are today found in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Australia. The African spirit proved remarkably resilient in the face of the transatlantic slave trade, inspiring the perseverance of African religion wherever its adherents settled in the New World. Among the most significant manifestations of this spirit, Yoruba religious culture persisted, adapted, and even flourished in the Americas, especially in Brazil and Cuba, where it thrives as Candomble and Lukumi/Santeria, respectively. After the end of slavery in the Americas, the free migrations of Latin American and African practitioners has further spread the religion to places like New York City and Miami. Thousands of African Americans have turned to the religion of their ancestors, as have many other spiritual seekers who are not themselves of African descent. Ifa divination in Nigeria, Candomble funerary chants in Brazil, the role of music in Yoruba revivalism in the United States, gender and representational authority in Yoruba religious culture--these are among the many subjects discussed here by experts from around the world. Approaching orisa devotion from diverse vantage points, their collective effort makes this one of the most authoritative texts on Yoruba religion and a groundbreaking book that heralds this rich, complex, and variegated tradition as one of the world's great religions.
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 3/10/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 592
Size: 9.00" wide x 6.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.848
Language: English

Terry Rey was formerly Professeur de Sociologie des Religions at Universit� d’�tat d’Ha�ti and Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Florida International University. He is now Associate Professor of Religion at Temple University. 

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Yoruba Religious Culture in Africa
The Tolerant Gods
Who Was the First to Speak? Insights from Ifa Orature and Sculptural Repertoire
In What Tongue?
Orisa: A Prolegomenon to a Philosophy of Yoruba Religion
Associated Place-Names and Sacred Icons of Seven Yoruba Deities
Twice-Told Tales: Yoruba Religious and Cultural Hegemony in Benin, Nigeria
Meta-Cultural Processes and Ritual Realities in the Precolonial History of the Lagos Region
The Pathways of Osun as Cultural Synergy
Religious Encounter in Southwestern Nigeria: The Domestication of Islam among the Yoruba
Yoruba Moral Epistemology as the Basis for a Cross-Cultural Ethics
Yoruba Religious Culture beyond Africa
Yoruba Religion and Globalization: Some Reflections
Clearing New Paths into an Old Forest: Aladura Christianity in Europe
Globalization and the Evolution of Haitian Vodou
Historicizing Ifa Culture in Oyotunji African Village
Ritual Change and the Changing Canon: Divinatory Legitimization of Yoruba Ancestral Roots in Oyotunji African Village
The Dynamic Influence of Cubans, Puerto Ricans, and African Americans in the Growth of Ocha in New York City
From Cuban Santeria to African Yoruba: Evolutions in African American Orisa History, 1959-1970
Santeria in the Twenty-first Century
La Santeria: An Integrating, Mythological Worldview in a Disintegrating Society
Myth, Memory, and History: Brazil's Sacred Music of Shango
Yoruba Sacred Songs in the New World
Axexe Funeral Rites in Brazil's Orisa Religion: Constitution, Significance, and Tendencies
From Oral to Digital: Rethinking the Transmission of Tradition in Yoruba Religion
Orisa Traditions and the Internet Diaspora
Gender, Politics, and Hybridism in the Transnationalization of Yoruba Culture
Is There Gender in Yoruba Culture?
Postscript
Glossary
Contributors
Index