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Title:The sex symbolism in Sango worship
Author:Lawuyi, Olatunde B.ISNI
Year:1987
Periodical:Afrika und Übersee: Sprachen, Kulturen
Volume:70
Issue:2
Pages:245-256
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:African religions
deities
Yoruba
sexuality
Abstract:This paper examines the contribution of the history, myth, and ritual of Sango, the Yoruba god of thunder and lightning, to an understanding of Yoruba ideas about sexual relations. It argues that Sango, also known as Oramfe or Jakuta, is a sex symbol, representing in particular the tensions inherent in bisexuality. This is shown through an analysis of the symbolic complex formed by materials associated with Sango's worship: a (thunder)stone, an axe, and a goatskin bag (laba) worn diagonally on a strap. The analysis is based on interviews with four Sango priests in Yoruba communities in Ile-Ife and Iressi in 1986. Bibliogr.
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