This landmark volume compiled by Jacob K. Olupona and Rowland O. Abiodun brings readers into the diverse world of If --its discourse, ways of thinking, and artistic expression as manifested throughout the Afro-Atlantic. Firmly rooting If within African religious traditions, the essays consider If and If divination from the perspectives of philosophy, performance studies, and cultural studies. They also examine the sacred context, verbal art, and the interpretation of If texts and philosophy. With essays from the most respected scholars in the field, the book makes a substantial contribution toward understanding If and its role in contemporary Yoruba and diaspora cultures.
About the Author
Jacob K. Olupona is Professor of African Religious Traditions at Harvard Divinity School and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. He is author of City of 201 Gods: Ile-Ife in Time, Space, and the Imagination and editor of Orisa Devotion as World Religion: The Globalization of Yoruba Religious Culture.Rowland O. Abiodun is John C. Newton Professor of Art, the History of Art, and Black Studies at Amherst College. He is author of Yoruba Art and Language: Seeking the African in African Art and What Follows Six is More than Seven: Understanding African Art.