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

Paperback | July 17, 2017

byAdélékè Adéèkó

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There is a culturally significant way of being Yorùbá that is expressed through dress, greetings, and celebrations-no matter where in the world they take place. Adélékè Adék documents Yorùbá patterns of behavior and articulates a philosophy of how to be Yorùbá in this innovative study. As he focuses on historical writings, Ifá 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, Adéékó contends that being Yorùbá is indeed an art and Yorùbá-ness is a dynamic phenomenon that responds to cultural shifts as Yorùbá people inhabit an increasingly globalized world.

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There is a culturally significant way of being Yorùbá that is expressed through dress, greetings, and celebrations-no matter where in the world they take place. Adélékè Adék documents Yorùbá patterns of behavior and articulates a philosophy of how to be Yorùbá in this innovative study. As he focuses on historical writings, Ifá divinati...

Adélékè Adéèk 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).
Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:July 17, 2017Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253026490

ISBN - 13:9780253026491

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. "Writing" and "Reference" in Ifaì Divination Chants
2. Culture, Meaning, Proverbs
3. Reading, Writing, and Epistemic Instability in Faìguìnwa's Novels
4. Sex, Gender, and Plot in FaìguìnwaÌ's Adventures
5. Lost in Translation: IÌsòoÌòlaì's Eòfuìnsòetaìn AniìwuìraÌ and YoruÌbaì Woman-Being
6. From Orality to Visuality: Photography and the Panegyric in Contemporary YoruÌbaì Culture
Conclusion: Book Launching as Cultural Affirmations
Bibliography
Index

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"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 Riddles