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Title:The ingenuity of Yorb women in the worship of Ornlse in law-kt
Author:Ilsanm, T.M.
Year:1996
Periodical:Orita: Ibadan Journal of Religious Studies
Volume:28
Issue:1-2
Pages:1-10
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:voodoo
African religions
religious rituals
Yoruba
women
Abstract:Ornlse is held in high esteem by the law community (Nigeria), probably not as an 'rs' (god), but purely as an ancestor. In February 1994 the author visited the shrine where not only .Ornl.s.e but scores of other deities are worshipped. In the case of .Ornl.s.e the worshippers were all women: the priestesses, the mediums through whom the spirits communicate with the living, the advocates, clients, and freeborn members of the law'.e community, besides the .Oba Alaw'.e and his chiefs. In this article the author describes the worshippers, the ritual dance, the mode of dressing, the musical instrumentation, allusions in the vocal renditions, and the special role of women in the worship of .Ornl.s.e. Notes, ref.
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