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Title:Imitation and anticipation as vital aspects of yoruba sacrifice tradition
Author:Ajuwon, Bade
Periodical:Africana Research Bulletin
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:African religions
sacrificial rites
Abstract:Imitation and anticipation are two vital elements affecting the efficacy of sacrifice performance in Yoruba tradition. But while these factors are abstract qualities of the human mind that guarantee the desired results of a sacrifice, the physical presence of the vulture at the actual place where the sacrifice is performed, and its subsequent devouring of the sacrifice, is suggestive of a successful performance. Finally, for sacrifice to be effective, and spiritual communication between the performer and the unseen powers to be attained, the performer is required to possess a mental status which not only faithfully imitates the divine models of sacrifice, but also steadily anticipates the desired results of its performance. Ref.