IDOLIZING IBEJI AMONG AWORI OF YORUBA.

Adeyinka Wulemat Olarinmoye, Munirat Adesola Alogba

Abstract


The study investigates the intricacies of idolizing Ibeji (twins) among the Awori of Yoruba land. Yoruba people have been found to be one of the twinning races in the world.  Adopting the cultural theory, this paper defines the way of life of the Yoruba people in respect to their reverence of Ibeji. The paper argues that the idolization of twins cannot be altered as it is tradition passed down from one generation to another. Idolizing twins is rooted in the traditional system of values, customs, practices and culture of the Yoruba people. The Yoruba idolize the twins as they have the notion the twins came into this world as sacred beings. Indeed, the Yoruba culture celebrates twins for their powerful nature. The Yoruba idolize them as a god, and they are portrayed with two wooden figures which represent the souls of deceased twins. The Orisha Ibeji have been attributed to have supernatural powers of fertility, prosperity and healing. Propitiation and supplication with offerings and sacrifices are an important aspect of the lives of a twin. In the light of the above, the paper concludes that the Awori are faithful to the worship and idolization of twins.  


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idolizing; Ibeji; Awori; Yoruba.

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