City of 201 Gods Paperback

Ile-Ife in Time, Space, and the Imagination

by Jacob Olupona;

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City of 201 Gods

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In a study that challenges familiar Western modes of thought, Jacob K. Olupona focuses on one of the most important religious centers in Africa and in the world: the Yoruba city of Ile-Ife in southwest Nigeria. The spread of Yoruba traditions in the African diaspora has come to define the cultural identity of millions of black and white people in Brazil, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Trinidad, and the United States. Seen through the eyes of a native, this first comprehensive study of the spiritual and cultural center of the Yoruba religion tells how the city went from great prominence to near obliteration and then rose again as a contemporary city of gods. Throughout, Olupona corroborates the indispensable linkages between religion, cosmology, migration, and kinship as espoused in the power of royal lineages, hegemonic state structure, gender, and the Yoruba sense of place, offering the fullest portrait to date of this sacred African city.

City of 201 Gods by Jacob Olupona was published by University Presses of California, Columbia and Princeton in December 2011. The ISBN for City of 201 Gods is 9780520265561.

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Details for City of 201 Gods

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherUniversity Presses of California, Columbia and Princeton (December 2011)
Number of Pages356
Thickness12 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code3958072
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