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Title:Orí and Elédŕá in poverty conceptualization in traditional Yorůbá religion: challenging developmental and aid organizations' understandings of poverty
Author:Babátúndé, Abosede Omowumi
Year:2017
Periodical:Journal of African Cultural Studies (ISSN 1469-9346)
Volume:29
Issue:3
Pages:362-376
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:Yoruba
African religions
poverty
development cooperation
Link:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13696815.2017.1286968
Abstract:This paper explores and analyses understandings of poverty in the Yorůbá traditional belief system, based on the concept of Orí and Elédŕá. The paper focuses on questions such as: how are the concepts of Orí and Elédŕá used in understanding, interpreting and addressing poverty? What implications do these belief systems have for the quest for poverty eradication in contemporary Nigerian societies? This belief system seems to be at variance with the World Bank and other international organizations' notions of poverty and suggested measures to eradicate it. The author argues that the contribution of local belief systems to development discourses cannot be ignored. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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