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Ifa of the Yoruba People of Nigeria
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Ifa of the Yoruba People of Nigeria

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The Ifa divination system, which makes use of an extensive corpus of texts and mathematical formulas, is practised among Yoruba communities and by the African diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean. The word Ifa refers to the mystical figure Ifa or Orunmila, regarded by the Yoruba as the deity of wisdom and intellectual development.

In contrast to other forms of divination in the region that employ spirit mediumship, Ifa divination does not rely on a person having oracular powers but rather on a system of signs that are interpreted by a diviner, the Ifa priest or babalawo, literally “the priest's father”. The Ifa divination system is applied whenever an important individual or collective decision has to be made.


on this subject: Nomination file/ Dossier de candidature

Place/Country: Nigeria
Series: 2008 Inscriptions on the Representative List
Type: Documentary
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Credits: Tunde Kelani, director. Ifa Group of Oyo, producer.
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Rights/Droits: Ifa Group of Oyo;

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