[Yoruba Culture]

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Yoruba Culture


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Martin Luther King Fellows In Black Religious Studies, Inc. Collection

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circa 1971

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This audio features a lecture on the three aspects of Yoruba culture. A book by Rev. Samuel Johnson (The History of Yoruba) is used as a reference. The lecturer also discusses marriage and child naming within his lecture presentation.

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00:00:06 Audio begins with an unidentified man introducing the discussion topic of the three aspects of Yoruba culture (Ila, Naming Ceremony and Marriage Ceremony).

00:02:32 Introduces book titled “The History of the Yoruba” by Rev. Samuel Johnson, a Christian priest.

00:14:37 Talks about the advent of Western education and people getting plastic surgery to remove scars that were a mark of distinction in Yoruba culture.

00:16:30 Talks about male and female circumcision.

00:26:05 Talks about practices including the ritual of naming a child including dropping a coin in water.

00:50:40 Talks about the lifting of the wife and three stages of that elevation.

01:09:37 Talks about the marriage age in Yoruba culture.

01:24:06 Talks about sophistication and Westernization.

01:29:09 Audio ends.


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