Presentation Title

Divination of Ifá: Trays, Kola Nuts, and 16 Principles

Presenter Information

Gara FlemingFollow

Document Type

Panel Presentation

Keywords

Culture, African, Religion

Biography

Gara Fleming is an undergraduate student in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, with a concentration in Archaeology and a minor in History.

Major

Anthropology (Archaeology concentration)

Advisor for this project

Kristi Fondren

Start Date

22-4-2021 9:15 AM

Abstract

The overarching goal of this work is to build upon previous work, and to further advance knowledge regarding the cultural significance behind divination trays as well as their use in Yoruba communities. Specifically, this study will examine aspects such as the history of Ifá, alongside a detailed physical description of a divination tray in Marshall University’s possession. A thorough analysis of this cultural artifact will allow us to understand the significance of divination trays more fully in the Yoruba culture. This study will offer a more in-depth look at Yoruba culture, specifically religion and divination, and will add to the existing conversation about Yoruba culture. Looking at specific Ifá rituals and the divination tray, I can continue the discussion about the importance of cultural artifacts and what they mean to their respective cultures.

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Apr 22nd, 9:15 AM

Divination of Ifá: Trays, Kola Nuts, and 16 Principles

The overarching goal of this work is to build upon previous work, and to further advance knowledge regarding the cultural significance behind divination trays as well as their use in Yoruba communities. Specifically, this study will examine aspects such as the history of Ifá, alongside a detailed physical description of a divination tray in Marshall University’s possession. A thorough analysis of this cultural artifact will allow us to understand the significance of divination trays more fully in the Yoruba culture. This study will offer a more in-depth look at Yoruba culture, specifically religion and divination, and will add to the existing conversation about Yoruba culture. Looking at specific Ifá rituals and the divination tray, I can continue the discussion about the importance of cultural artifacts and what they mean to their respective cultures.