Ifá Divination, Knowledge, Power, and Performance

Edited by Jacob K. Olupona and Rowland O. Abiodun

Contributions by Adélékè Adéèkó , Akintunde Akinyemi , Andrew Apter , Barry Hallen , Bolaji Campbell , Henry John Drewal , Ifaboyede McElwaine Abimbola , Akinwumi Isola , Jacob K. Olupona , John Mason , Joseph M. Murray , Kamari M. Clarke , Laura S. Grillo , Mei-Mei Sanford , Olúfémi Táíwò , J.A. Opefeyitimi , Olasope O. Oyelaran , Philip M. Peek , Rowland O. Abiodun , Stefania Capone , Wyatt MacGaffey and Ysamur M. Flores-Peña

Published by: Indiana University Press

386 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in

  • Paperback
  • 9780253018908
  • Published: February 2016


  • Hardcover
  • 9780253018823
  • Published: February 2016


  • eBook
  • 9780253018960
  • Published: February 2016


This landmark volume compiled by Jacob K. Olupona and Rowland O. Abiodun brings readers into the diverse world of Ifá—its discourse, ways of thinking, and artistic expression as manifested throughout the Afro-Atlantic. Firmly rooting Ifá within African religious traditions, the essays consider Ifá and Ifá divination from the perspectives of philosophy, performance studies, and cultural studies. They also examine the sacred context, verbal art, and the interpretation of Ifá texts and philosophy. With essays from the most respected scholars in the field, the book makes a substantial contribution toward understanding Ifá and its role in contemporary Yoruba and diaspora cultures.