Sango in Africa and the African Diaspora

Sango in Africa and the African Diaspora

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Sango in Africa and the African Diaspora is a multidisciplinary, transregional exploration of Sango religious traditions in West Africa and beyond. Sango-the Yoruba god of thunder and lightning-is a powerful, fearful deity who controls the forces of nature, but has not received the same attention as other Yoruba orishas. This volume considers the spread of polytheistic religious traditions from West Africa, the mythic Sango, the historical Sango, and syncretic traditions of Sango worship. Readers with an interest in the Yoruba and their religious cultures will find a diverse, complex, and comprehensive portrait of Sango worship in Africa and the African world.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 376 pages
  • 152.4 x 233.68 x 25.4mm | 635.03g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 25 b&w photos, 2 maps, 12 figures
  • 0253220947
  • 9780253220943
  • 1,801,016

Table of contents


1. Introduction / Joel E. Tishken, Toyin Falola, and Akintunde Akinyemi

Part 1. Defining Sango in West Africa
2. The Place of Sango in the Yoruba Pantheon / Akintunde Akinyemi
3. The Practice and Worship of Sango in Contemporary Yorubaland / Arinpe Gbekelolu Adejumo
4. Sango's Eerindinlogun Divinatory System / George Olusola Ajibade
5. Yoruba Thunder Deities and Sovereignty: Ara versus Sango / Marc Schiltz

Part 2. Representations of Sango in Oral and Written Popular Cultures
6. Sango and the Elements: Gender and Cultural Discourses / Diedre L. Badejo
7. Reconfiguration of Sango on the Screen / Durotoye A. Adeleke
8. Art in the Service of Sango/ Stephen Folaranmi
9. The Ambivalent Representations of Sango in Yoruba Literature / Akintunde Akinyemi

Part 3. Sango in the African Diaspora
10. The Cultural Aesthetics of Sango Africanization / Kamari Maxine Clarke
11. Wither Sango? An Inquiry into Sango's "Authenticity" and Prominence in the Caribbean / Stephen D. Glazier
12. Xango in Afro-Brazilian Religion: "Aristocracy" and "Syncretic" Interactions / Luis Nicolau Pares
13. The Literary Manifestation of Xango in Brazil: Esmeralda Ribeiro's
"A procura de uma borboleta preta" / Laura Edmunds
14. Drums of Sango: Bata Drum and the Symbolic Reestablishment of Oyo in Colonial Cuba, 1817-1867 / Henry B. Lovejoy

Part 4. The Voices of Sango Devotees
15. Sango beyond Male and Female / Oloye Aina Olomo
16. Searching for Thunder: A Conversation about Chango / Michael Atwood Mason and Ernesto Pichardo

List of Contributors
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For those who want to expand their knowledge of African religion, this is an important addition to a growing series of probing studies. Vol. 52, 2011 * The Journal of African History * Because of the wide range of scholarship included in this volume it has great potential in many different venues, from undergraduate class- rooms and research projects to the work of graduate students to that of senior scholars. This book will be a welcome addition to both university libraries and the personal collection of anyone interested in either the Yoruba-based traditions highlighted or African-based traditions in general. * Nova Religio * [This] volume gives u a glimpse at how cultural identity is tied to religion in pervasive ways. Whether it be Nigeria, Cuba, Brazil, Trinidad, or the United States, belief in Orisha traditions deeply influences the contours of nationality, history, and place.43.1 2010 * Intnl Journal African Historical Studies * The contributions demonstrate the breadth of variation and difference residing within this singular name, Sango, while elucidating the struggles and stakes faced by communities and individuals interacting and identifying with this deity.2010, Vol. 41 no. 1 * Research in African Literatures *
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About Akintunde Akinyemi

Joel E. Tishken is Assistant Professor of African and World History at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington.

Toyin Falola is Frances Higginbotham Nalle Centennial Professor in History at The University of Texas, Austin. He has edited The Yoruba Diaspora in the Atlantic World (IUP, 2005) and Archaeology of Atlantic Africa and the African Diaspora (IUP, 2007).

Akintunde Akinyemi is Associate Professor of Yoruba Language and Literature in the Department of African and Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He is author of Yoruba Royal Poetry: A Socio-Historical Exposition and Annotated Translation.
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