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Title:Traditional religious practices in Yoruba palaces
Author:Olaoba, O.B.ISNI
Year:1995
Periodical:Orita: Ibadan Journal of Religious Studies
Volume:27
Issue:1
Pages:1-12
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:African religions
Yoruba
monarchy
palaces
Abstract:Yoruba palaces symbolize Yoruba religion. Shrines, temples and altars are incorporated into palaces, and there the 'oba' (king) performs manifold ritual obligations. Indeed, the idea of divine kingship is anchored in the religious function of the 'oba'. His subjects expect him to carry out the necessary rituals for the well-being of the community. He is assisted in the performance of his religious duties by numerous palace officials, including councillors and servants. The divine role of the 'oba' and the traditional rites associated with kingship lend support to the conception of palaces as holy institutions. Although these institutions are increasingly giving way to modernization, shrines and temples are still located in the ancient palaces of Nigeria, and palace festivals are still celebrated annually. Ref.
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