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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Recommended reading for adherents and Awos

Aboru aboye aboshishe,
on being asked by a fellow Awo, I compiled this list of recommended books. I've read all of these (some better then others). This is by no means comprehensive, and I suspect I've overlooked some. Enjoy!
Marcos Ifalola Sanchez

Olodumare: God in Yoruba Belief - E. Bolaji Idowu
Fundamentals of the Yoruba Religion (Orisa Worship) - Chief Fama
Yoruba Beliefs and Sacrificial Rites- J. Omósadé Awólàlú
Practitioner's Handbook for the IFA Professional - Chief FAMA (Àìná Adéwálé-Somadhi) (Awos only)
Odun Ifa. Ifa Festival - Emanuel Abosede (mainly for Awos)
IFA: The Key to it's Understanding - Fasina Falade (mainly for Awos)
Ifa: An Exposition of Ifa Literary Corpus - Wande Abimbola (mainly for Awos)
IFA Divination Poetry - Wande Abimbola (mainly for Awos)
Yoruba Oral Tradition - Wande Abimbola
Ifa Divination: Communication Between Gods and Men in West Africa - William Bascom
Ifa: A Complete Divination - Ayo Salami (mainly for Awos)
Iyere Ifa (Tonal Poetry, the Voice of Ifa) An Exposition of Yoruba Divinational Chants - Chief Ifayemi Elebuibon
The Healing Power of Sacrifice - Chief Ifayemi Elebuibon (mainly for Awos)
• Ifism: The Complete Work of Orunmila - C. OsamaroIbie (mainly for Awos)
Iwe Odu Ifa - Chief Ifayemi Awopeju Bogunmbe (for Awos)
A recitation of Ifa, oracle of the Yoruba - Judith Illsley Gleason, Awotunde Aworinde (mainly for Awos)
• I HATE recommending anything that makes Niemark money, but this book had good translations: The Sacred IFA Oracle - Afolabi A. Epega, Philip John Neimark (mainly for Awos)
Odu Ifa: The Ethical Teachings - Maulana Karenga
Ewe: O uso das plantas na sociedade ioruba - Pierre Verger
Orin Orisa: Songs for Selected Heads - John Mason
Beads, Body, and Soul: Art and Light in the Yoruba Universe - Henry Drewal and John Mason
Idana fun orisa: Cooking for selected heads - John Mason and Gary Edwards
Voodoo: Mounted by the Gods - Alberto Venzago (a view of "Fa" in benin)
1000+(African) Òrìsà Yorùbá Names - Chief Fama
Fama's Ede Awo (Orisa Yoruba Dictionary) - Chief Fama
Yoruba-English/English-Yoruba Modern Practical Dictionary - Kayode J. Fakinlede
Je K`A So Yoruba (Yale Language Series) - Antonia Yetunde Folarin Schleicher
Yoruba Proverbs - Oyekan Owomoyela