Arts of Being Yoruba

Arts of Being Yoruba : Divination, Allegory, Tragedy, Proverb, Panegyric

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There is a culturally significant way of being Yoruba that is expressed through dress, greetings, and celebrations-no matter where in the world they take place. Adeleke Adek documents Yoruba patterns of behavior and articulates a philosophy of how to be Yoruba in this innovative study. As he focuses on historical writings, Ifa divination practices, the use of proverbs in contemporary speech, photography, gendered ideas of dressing well, and the formalities of ceremony and speech at celebratory occasions, Adeeko contends that being Yoruba is indeed an art and Yoruba-ness is a dynamic phenomenon that responds to cultural shifts as Yoruba people inhabit an increasingly globalized more

Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 14.22mm | 476.27g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 13 b&w illus., 3 tables
  • 0253026237
  • 9780253026231

Review quote

"This book is bound to change how we think about and perhaps how we study what it is to be Yoruba. More importantly, it opens new vistas for contestations, interpretations, characterizations, and idenitification of what being Yoruba means or entails." -Olufemi Taiwo, author of Africa Must Be Modern "Adeleke Adeeko articulates how people act Yoruba through the retention of traditional cultural practices, like naming ceremonies, kneeling down to greet, lineage praise poetry, and even in writing and art. All of these are part of the Yoruba "art of being," and thus, are a configuration of culture." -Akintunde Akinyemi, author of Yoruba Orature and Riddlesshow more

About Adeleke Adeeko

Adeleke Adeek is Humanities Distinguished Professor in the English and African American and African Studies departments at Ohio State University. He is the author ofProverbs, Textuality, and Nativism in African Literature andThe Slave's Rebellion: Literature, History, Orature(IUP).show more

Table of contents

Introduction1. "Writing" and "Reference" in Ifai Divination Chants2. Culture, Meaning, Proverbs 3. Reading, Writing, and Epistemic Instability in Faiguinwa's Novels4. Sex, Gender, and Plot in FaiguinwaI's Adventures5. Lost in Translation: IIsooIolai's Eofuinsoetain AniiwuiraI and YoruIbai Woman-Being6. From Orality to Visuality: Photography and the Panegyric in Contemporary YoruIbai CultureConclusion: Book Launching as Cultural AffirmationsBibliographyIndexshow more