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Osun Across The Waters

Author : Joseph M. Murphy
ISBN : 0253108632
Genre : Religion
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Ã’sun is a brilliant deity whose imagery and worldwide devotion demand broad and deep scholarly reflection. Contributors to the ground-breaking Africa's Ogun, edited by Sandra Barnes (Indiana University Press, 1997), explored the complex nature of Ogun, the orisa who transforms life through iron and technology. Ã’sun across the Waters continues this exploration of Yoruba religion by documenting Ã’sun religion. Ã’sun presents a dynamic example of the resilience and renewed importance of traditional Yoruba images in negotiating spiritual experience, social identity, and political power in contemporary Africa and the African diaspora. The 17 contributors to Ã’sun across the Waters delineate the special dimensions of Ã’sun religion as it appears through multiple disciplines in multiple cultural contexts. Tracing the extent of Ã’sun traditions takes us across the waters and back again. Ã’sun traditions continue to grow and change as they flow and return from their sources in Africa and the Americas.
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Osun In Colours

Author : Kayode Afolabi
ISBN : 1419644203
Genre : Fiction
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Osun in colours is a compendium on one of the most significant traditional deity in Africa, the Caribbean Islands and the Americas. It is a searchlight to the diversified stories of the river goddess through its more than three hundred pictorial analysis and illustrations from Igede to Osogbo where the goddess groves. The book traces the biographical origin of the goddess from her humble beginning at Igede Ekiti and goes further to exhibit the exact source of her waters - the popular river Osun in Yorubaland till the point she crossed the Atlantic. Among other things, the book highlights Osun grove and its festival celebrations in selected Yoruba towns, discusses her relationship with other Yoruba pantheons and shows its readers the location where the two great rivers in Yorubaland, namely, river Oba and river Osun met. It goes further again, to discuss some ingredients peculiar to her worship, sacrifice and initiation. Two chapters are on her sojourn overseas and her beautiful songs across the waters. Osun in colours is extremely useful for Orisa worshippers in diaspora, valuable for tourists' and a reference point for researchers' and students' of religion worldwide. Intending readers and buyers should note that the book has scored so many 'FIRSTS'.The book is the first powerful book to trace the SOURCE of Osun waters.The first to highlight in pictorial form how it meanders through thick forests from Ekiti land through Ijesaland, Osogbo, Ibadan, Abeokuta and many other Yoruba communities until the point she crossed the Atlantic! The first to research into Osun's votary maids in Yoruba communities.The first to make a distinction between the Osun the divinity and the Osun the deity.....and lots more! Finally, the book is full of information and insight and it is a good source for continuous research, debate, seminars and discussion for any doubtful issue or issues that may be considered otherwise by any individual or group of person
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Osun Seegesi

Author : Diedre Badejo
ISBN : UOM:39015041001242
Genre : Religion
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What does our sophisticated, technically advanced society have to learn from a venerable African goddess? That is the question Dr. Diedre Badejo set out to answer a decade ago, armed only with a tape recorder, a working knowledge of Yoruba language, literature, and culture, and a mental "image" of the African Motherland molded as much by her great grandmother's character as by her own experience of the Black Power and Black Studies movements of the '60s and '70s. The answers Dr. Badejo found as she immersed herself in the ritual orature, sacred songs, and festival drama of the Yoruba goddess Osun Seegesi at the deity's principal shrine in the city of Osogbo, Nigeria, are shared with the world in this detailed documentary/analysis that presents a startling view of human relations and relationships that is powerful in its practicality and revolutionary in its civility. What Osun (pronounced "Oh-Shoon") offers to a civilization standing "at the crossroads" and poised on the "abyss of transition",says the author, is nothing less than "an African feminist theory that challenges the hegemony of the Western social order" with a holistic sociocultural vision that recognizes and affirms the reciprocal role of women and men in building and sustaining a truly civil society.
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R Devotion As World Religion

Author : Jacob Kẹhinde Olupona
ISBN : 0299224643
Genre : History
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As the twenty-first century begins, tens of millions of people participate in devotions to the spirits called Òrìsà. This book explores the emergence of Òrìsà devotion as a world religion, one of the most remarkable and compelling developments in the history of the human religious quest. Originating among the Yorùbá people of West Africa, the varied traditions that comprise Òrìsà 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, Yorùbá religious culture persisted, adapted, and even flourished in the Americas, especially in Brazil and Cuba, where it thrives as Candomblé and Lukumi/Santería, 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. Ifá divination in Nigeria, Candomblé funerary chants in Brazil, the role of music in Yorùbá revivalism in the United States, gender and representational authority in Yorùbá religious culture--these are among the many subjects discussed here by experts from around the world. Approaching Òrìsà devotion from diverse vantage points, their collective effort makes this one of the most authoritative texts on Yorùbá religion and a groundbreaking book that heralds this rich, complex, and variegated tradition as one of the world's great religions.
Category: History

City Of 201 Gods

Author : Jacob Olupona
ISBN : 9780520265561
Genre : Religion
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“Olupona does a masterful job of interweaving historical detail, personal interviews and observations. Here, myth becomes lived reality, and one is forced to take pause and ask what and where indeed are the true powers that enable humans to inhabit the modern city.” —Charles H. Long, author of Significations: Signs, Symbols, and Images in the Interpretation of Religion “This book is destined to be the authoritative source on one of the most important religious centers and one of the most fascinating ethnic groups in sub-Saharan Africa. This is a remarkable and engaging piece of research by a first-class scholar who knows his discipline and his native culture.”—Barry Hallen, author of The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful: Discourse About Values in Yoruba Culture
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Author : Fakayode Fayemi Fatunde
ISBN : 1890157368
Genre : Osun (Yoruba deity)
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Author : Joseph M. Murphy
ISBN : 9780807095621
Genre : Religion
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Santería represents the first in-depth, scholarly account of a profound way of wisdom that is growing in importance in America today. A professional academic and himself a participant in the Santería community of the Bronx for several years, Joseph Murphy offers a powerful description and insightful analysis of this African/Cuban religion. He traces the survival of an ancient spiritual path from its West African Yoruba origins, through nearly two centuries of slavery in the New World, to its presence in the urban centers of the United States, where it continues to inspire seekers with its compelling vision.
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Oshun S Daughters

Author : Vanessa K. Valdés
ISBN : 9781438450438
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Examines the ways in which the inclusion of African diasporic religious practices serves as a transgressive tool in narrative discourses in the Americas. Oshun’s Daughters examines representations of African diasporic religions from novels and poems written by women in the United States, the Spanish Caribbean, and Brazil. In spite of differences in age, language, and nationality, these women writers all turn to variations of traditional Yoruba religion (Santería/Regla de Ocha and Candomblé) as a source of inspiration for creating portraits of womanhood. Within these religious systems, binaries that dominate European thought—man/woman, mind/body, light/dark, good/evil—do not function in the same way, as the emphasis is not on extremes but on balancing or reconciling these radical differences. Involvement with these African diasporic religions thus provides alternative models of womanhood that differ substantially from those found in dominant Western patriarchal culture, namely, that of virgin, asexual wife/mother, and whore. Instead we find images of the sexual woman, who enjoys her body without any sense of shame; the mother, who nurtures her children without sacrificing herself; and the warrior woman, who actively resists demands that she conform to one-dimensional stereotypes of womanhood.

Africa S Ogun

Author : Sandra T. Barnes
ISBN : 0253210836
Genre : History
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The second edition of this landmark work is enhanced by new chapters on Ogun worship in the New World. From reviews of the first edition: "... an ethnographically rich contribution to the historical understanding of West African culture, as well as an exploration of the continued vitality of that culture in the changing environments of the Americas." —African Studies Review "... leav[es] the reader with a sense of the vitality, dynamism, and complexity of Ogun and the cultural contexts in which he thrives.... magnificent contribution to the literature on Ogun, Yoruba culture, African religions, and the African diaspora." —International Journal of Historical Studies
Category: History

Working The Spirit

Author : Joseph M. Murphy
ISBN : 0807012211
Genre : Religion
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Analyzing the practice of five religious traditions of the African diaspora in America, the author traces the history, rituals, and influence of Vodun, Candomble, Revival Zion, Santeria, and the Black Church
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