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Ifa Divination : Communication Between Gods and Men in West Africa - William W. Bascom

Ifa Divination

Communication Between Gods and Men in West Africa

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Published: 11th March 1991
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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.

Preface
Introductionp. 3
Previous Studiesp. 13
The Apparatus of Ifa Divination and the Preliminary Invocationsp. 26
The Figures of Ifap. 40
Specific Alternatives: Ibo and Adimup. 51
The Sacrifices and Medicinesp. 60
The Predictionsp. 68
Professional Ethicsp. 76
The Divinersp. 81
The King's Divinersp. 91
The System of Beliefp. 103
The Divination Versesp. 120
The Verses of Ifap. 139
References Citedp. 565
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ISBN: 9780253206381
ISBN-10: 0253206383
Series: Midland Book
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 608
Published: 11th March 1991
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.45 x 17.83  x 3.33
Weight (kg): 1.04