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Divining the Self - A Study in Yoruba Myth and Human Consciousness

Divining the Self - A Study in Yoruba Myth and Human Consciousness

von: Velma E. Love

Penn State University Press, 2012

ISBN: 9780271069203 , 160 Seiten

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Divining the Self - A Study in Yoruba Myth and Human Consciousness


 

Divining the Self weaves elements of personal narrative, myth, history, and interpretive analysis into a vibrant tapestry that reflects the textured, embodied, and performative nature of scripture and scripturalizing practices. Velma Love examines the Oduthe Yoruba sacred scripturesalong with the accompanying mythology, philosophy, and ritual technologies engaged by African Americans. Drawing from the personal narratives of African American Ifa practitioners along with additional ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Oyotunji African Village, South Carolina, and New York City, Love's work explores the ways in which an ancient worldview survives in modern times. Divining the Self also takes up the challenge of determining what it means for the scholar of religion to study scripture as both text and performance. This work provides an excellent case study of the sociocultural phenomenon of scripturalizing practices.