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The worship of Ifa as the God of Divination entails ceremonies, sacrifices, tabus, paraphernalia, drums, songs, praises, initiation, and other ritual elements comparable to those of other Yoruba cults; these are not treated fully here, since the primary subject of this study is Ifa as a system of divination. The mode of divination will be discussed in detail later, but a brief description is required at the outset. The sixteen palm nuts are grasped in the right hand, leaving only one or two nuts in the left; if two nuts remain, a single mark is made on the divining tray; if one nut remains, a double mark is made.

Repeating this procedure four times will give one of the sixteen basic figures as shown in Table 1, A; repeating it eight times gives a pair or combination of the basic figures, i. Alternatively, one of the derivative figures can be obtained by a single cast of the divining chain, with heads and tails instead of odds and evens. The chain is held in the middle so that four half seed shells fall in a line on each side. Each half shell may fall either heads or tails; i.

Representing the concave inner side up as O and the convex outer side up as the sixteen basic figures one half of the divining chain appear as given in Table 1, B. It is also practiced under the name of Ifa by descendants of Yoruba slaves in Cuba Bascom, and Brazil Bastide, Where information is based on field work in other Yoruba areas, or drawn from the literature, it is so specified.

Ifa divination may be practiced more widely than is indicated above. Thomas I, 47 reports cryptically that the Ibo of eastern Nigeria "also have the well-known palm nut divination. An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while. No cover image. Read preview. Lorand Matory Berghahn Books, Read preview Overview. Omotade Adegbindin.

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