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Martha G. Newman, Chair BUR 529, Mailcode A3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-7737

Spring 2006

R S 317 • Yoruba Religious Studies

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
43450 TH
4:00 PM-7:00 PM
JES A231A
OLOMO, A

Course Description

This course is an exploration of Yoruba cosmology with an emphasis on the role of nature and ritual ecology in Yoruba practice, the relationship between the orisa (deiities) and human beings, and the position of divination and ancestor veneration as major components to Yoruba practice. Attention will also be given to Yoruba in the diaspora including Cuba, Trinidad, Puerto Rico, and the United States. Through readings, research papers and participation in local Yoruba events, students will acquire an understanding of the fundamental features of an indigenous African spiritual reality.

Texts

Hallen, Barry. The Good, The Bad, and the Beautiful: Discourse about Values in Yoruba Culture

Lucas, J. Olumide. The Religion of the Yorubas

Murphy, Joseph. Working the Spirit

Olomo, Aina. The Core of Fire: A Path to Yoruba Spiritual Activism

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