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Title:Ifa Divination and Healing
Author:Opeola, S.M.
Year:1993
Periodical:Africana Marburgensia
Volume:26
Issue:1-2
Pages:47-58
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:healers
divination
Yoruba
traditional medicine
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Religion and Witchcraft
Health and Nutrition
Abstract:In Nigeria, the practice of health care has remained for a large part in the hands of traditional healers. Most of the trained practitioners of African traditional medicine are 'babalawo' (Ifa priests). The author, himself a trained and initiated 'babalawo' and very much involved in the practices of Yoruba traditional medicine, describes the education required to become an Ifa priest, the purpose and principles of divination, the principal 'Odu' (sacred stories or oracles of Ifa) and the diseases with which they are linked, the relevance of Ifa divination to the art of healing and its therapeutic value. Bibliogr.
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