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 Adeeko 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 world.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 226 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 12.19mm | 312.98g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 13 b&w illus., 3 tables
  • 0253026490
  • 9780253026491

Table of contents

1. "Writing" and "Reference" in Ifai Divination Chants
2. Culture, Meaning, Proverbs
3. Reading, Writing, and Epistemic Instability in Faiguinwa's Novels
4. Sex, Gender, and Plot in FaiguinwaI's Adventures
5. Lost in Translation: IIsooIolai's Eofuinsoetain AniiwuiraI and YoruIbai Woman-Being
6. From Orality to Visuality: Photography and the Panegyric in Contemporary YoruIbai Culture
Conclusion: Book Launching as Cultural Affirmations
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Review quote

In uniting various themes and topics, the book creates a tool and methodology to rethink interdisciplinarity, multidisciplinarity, hybridity, and modernity. Recommended. * Choice *
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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).
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