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Superstitions and Misconceptions In Yoruba Culture

Superstitions and misconceptions are found in every nook and cranny of every society around the world, in the culture, customs, religion- be it traditional or modern day religions and Yoruba society is not an exception.   The word superstition originates from Latin word ‘Superstition’ meaning ‘standing beyond, outliving’. From the …

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Marriage in Yoruba Culture

Marriage is one of the oldest institutions among Yoruba, it marks the end and the beginning of a new era between two different individuals, who agreed to live together, and through their union creates everlasting friendship between homes of their birth. In times past, marriage matters were never left in the …

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A Reality Check On The Ondos

It certainly couldn’t have been a misnomer on the part of the colonialists to have named the geographical space encompassing the present Ondo and Ekiti States as “Ondo Province” right from their time and until the creation of states in 1976, when the same entity was re-christened Ondo State. It …

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Understanding The Antiquated Yoruba Oro Festival.

The word Oro means fierceness, tempest, or provocation, and Oro himself appears to be personified executive power. Oro is supposed to haunt the forest in the neighbourhood of towns, and he makes his approach known by a strange, whirring, roaring noise. As soon as this is heard, all women must …

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Are The Yoruba The Number One In Religious Tolerance?

When it comes to religion, are the Yoruba people of Nigeria the most tolerant race [tribe] in the whole world? It may not be wise to say yes because of the absence of any endorsement of such a position by a global body like the United Nations. But having travelled …

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The Original Yoruba Word For Wife Is Aya Not Iyawo.

Did you know that the original Yoruba word for wife in Yoruba language is AYA and not IYAWO? The latter is quite commonly used nowadays than the former. We would take you through how Iyawo came about IYA was the first child and the daughter of the King of Iwo …

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Our Culture and Language Must Not Be Mistaken

A contemporary Yoruba Muslim or Christian is wary of saying ASE because it is common amongst the traditionalists. And some do not want to say OLODUMARE because they think it is the name of a deity. Others do not want to say AJE AWA (a statement that is common among …

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The Concept of “Eseun àná!” (Giving thanks for yesterday)

Yoruba people are very unique because Olodumare blessed the race with very interesting attributes that if copied by other peoples of the world, would have made this world a better place, but unfortunately and sadly, Yoruba youths are fast losing such uniqueness. Of such attributes are Respect for Elders and …

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Ondo Kingdom: Social Life Descent, Inheritance and Succession

Ondo kinship ideology today is highly bilateral with an emphasis on patrilineality. Unlike other Yoruba kingdoms, however, the Ondo possess a strong tendency toward matrifocality. This is expressed in the kinship term, Omiye mi, which simply means “my maternal kin,” but which is a household word and constitutes a fundamental tenet …

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