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Yoruba Myths

Yoruba Myths


  • Date Published: October 1980
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521228657

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  • This collection of myths – some of them simple, strong pieces of narrative, others mysterious, poetic and often amusing – illustrate the religion and thought of the West African Yoruba People. Interspersed with drawings by Georgina Beier of Yoruba motifs and collected and translated by authors and artists long-familiar with Yoruba culture, the myths are compiled and introduced here by Ulli Beier, who himself holds two Yoruba chieftaincy titles. Some are creation myths: these explain the division of the original God into the many orisha, or gods, and the development of their various functions. In the folk- or trickster-tales the orisha often assume different personalities whose actions and their consequences reveal the Yoruba wisdom and customs. This book makes the myths of an orally transmitted religion available as literature to Nigerian school children, who are often unfamiliar with their traditional mythology. It will also strengthen English interest in original African literature.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 1980
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521228657
    • length: 100 pages
    • dimensions: 198 x 129 x 5 mm
    • weight: 0.1kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Notes on the contributors
    1. The sun
    2. The moon
    3. Choosing a fate
    4. Orishanla
    5. The creation of land
    6. Obatala and Oduduwa
    7. Oranmiyan
    8. How Obatla lost the Calabash of good character
    9. Obatala the creator
    10. Obatala and Ojiya
    11. Obatala and the witches
    12. Oranmiyan and the foundation of Old Oyo
    13. Oranmiyan estyablishes dynasties in Benin and Oyo
    14. Shango
    15. Shango and his brothers
    16. Shango and the origina and tribal marks
    17. Shango and the usurper
    18. Shango and Oya (I)
    19. Shango and Oya (II)
    20. Obatala and Shango (II)
    21. Obatala ans Shango (II)
    22. Oya
    23. Ogun
    24. Ogun and the origin of circumcision
    25. Ogun confronts Oduduwa
    26. Ogun and the food-seller
    27. Erinle and Ogun
    28. Oluorogbo
    29. Sakpata
    30. Shonponna
    31. Yemenja
    32. Otin
    33. Orisha Oko
    34. Oro
    35. How Orunmila became an orisha (I)
    36. How Orunmila became an orisha (II)
    37. Orunmila and his wife
    38. Osanyin
    39. Eshu (I)
    40. Eshu (II)
    41. Eshu (III)

  • Author

    Ulli Beier

    Illustrated by

    Georgina Beier

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