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Title:Sacrifice in African traditional religion
Author:Adewale, S.A.ISNI
Year:1988
Periodical:Orita: Ibadan Journal of Religious Studies
Volume:20
Issue:2
Pages:91-106
Language:English
Geographic terms:Africa
Nigeria
Subjects:African religions
sacrificial rites
Yoruba
Abstract:This article examines the vital position of sacrifice within African traditional religion, particularly among the Yoruba (Nigeria). It pays attention to the meaning of the Yoruba words for sacrifice, the origin of sacrifice, and types of sacrifice: communal offerings (sharing food and drink), gift offerings (voluntary presents), thanks offerings (showing gratitude), appeasement offerings (in cases of offence), votive offerings (in order to seek help), preventive offerings (to prevent disaster), and substitutional offerings (the sacrifice of a living animal in order to save the life of a seriously ill person). Note, ref.
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