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Title:Functional Incantations in Yoruba Therapeutic Rituals
Author:Owoeye, S.A.
Periodical:Africana Marburgensia
Geographic term:Nigeria
healing rites
traditional medicine
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Religion and Witchcraft
Health and Nutrition
Abstract:In Yoruba traditional healing (Nigeria) diseases may be treated through medicament and incantations. Both Onsgn (traditional healer who makes use of herbal preparations) and Babalwo (priest of If, traditional medicine man who combines healing with divination) frequently use incantations in conjunction with herbs. The incantations make the recipes for ailments efficacious. Some incantations are powerful enough to heal without any herbal additions, and can serve as defensive and offensive weapons. Examples of each type are given. Today, with the growth of modern medicine and advances in technology, the prestige of Yoruba traditional healing through herbal preparations with or without incantations has diminished. Notes, ref.