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Yoruba Myths - Ulli Beier

Yoruba Myths

By: Ulli Beier, Georgina Beier (Illustrator)

Paperback

Published: 1st December 1980
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This collection of myths - some of them simple, strong pieces of narrative, others mysterious, poetic and often amusing - illustrate the religion and thought of the West African Yoruba People. Interspersed with drawings by Georgina Beier of Yoruba motifs and collected and translated by authors and artists long-familiar with Yoruba culture, the myths are compiled and introduced here by Ulli Beier, who himself holds two Yoruba chieftaincy titles. Some are creation myths: these explain the division of the original God into the many orisha, or gods, and the development of their various functions. In the folk- or trickster-tales the orisha often assume different personalities whose actions and their consequences reveal the Yoruba wisdom and customs. This book makes the myths of an orally transmitted religion available as literature to Nigerian school children, who are often unfamiliar with their traditional mythology. It will also strengthen English interest in original African literature.

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
Notes on the contributors
Introduction
The sun
The moon
Choosing a fate
Orishanla
The creation of land
Obatala and Oduduwa
Oranmiyan
How Obatla lost the Calabash of good character
Obatala the creator
Obatala and Ojiya
Obatala and the witches
Oranmiyan and the foundation of Old Oyo
Oranmiyan estyablishes dynasties in Benin and Oyo
Shango
Shango and his brothers
Shango and the origina and tribal marks
Shango and the usurper
Shango and Oya (I)
Shango and Oya (II)
Obatala and Shango (II)
Obatala ans Shango (II)
Oya
Ogun
Ogun and the origin of circumcision
Ogun confronts Oduduwa
Ogun and the food-seller
Erinle and Ogun
Oluorogbo
Sakpata
Shonponna
Yemenja
Otin
Orisha Oko
Oro
How Orunmila became an orisha (I)
How Orunmila became an orisha (II)
Orunmila and his wife
Osanyin
Eshu (I)
Eshu (II)
Eshu (III)
Notes
Illustrations
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521228657
ISBN-10: 0521228654
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 100
Published: 1st December 1980
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.84 x 12.85  x 0.53
Weight (kg): 0.1