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Title:Ifa divination trays from Isale-Oyo
Authors:Pogoson, O.I.
Akande, A.O.
Periodical:Cadernos de Estudos Africanos (ISSN 1645-3794)
Geographic term:Nigeria
ritual objects
Abstract:This paper examines the images and patterns on ifa divination trays from Isale-Oyo, a quarter in Oyo town, southwestern Nigeria. It is based on data collected through interviews with divination tray owners and pictures of divination trays. The paper establishes that ifa divination trays from Isale-Oyo bear distinctive features when compared to other ifa trays in Yorubaland. In particular, divination trays from Isale-Oyo combine features found on Ijebu and Osogbo trays. The 'esu' figure continues to occupy the top central position on Oyo divination trays, while some Oyo trays carry no decorations on their borders. The paper also gives a detailed description of of a divination session. Bibliogr., notes, sum. in English and Portuguese [ASC Leiden abstract]