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Title:The influence of traditional oral poetry on modern religions (Islam and Christianity) among the Yoruba (Nigeria )
Author:Na'allah, Abdul RasheedISNI
Periodical:Frankfurter afrikanistische Blätter
Geographic term:Nigeria
religious songs
oral poetry (form)
poetry & literature
Abstract:Evidence from the Yoruba of Nigeria demonstrates that the modern religions of Islam and Christianity have imbibed some elements of African traditional religion, especially traditional poetry, in their preaching and prayer forms. The same metaphors, similes and elements of African cosmology that the traditional African worshipper uses are also used by African Muslims and Christians. This is confirmation of the theory of reciprocal influence put forward by D.S. Gilliland in his 1971 thesis on the influence of Islam on African traditional religion in north Nigeria. Ref.