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  1. City of 201 Gods: Ilé-Ifè in Time, Space, and the Imagination
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  2. City of 201 Gods: Ilé-Ifè in Time, Space, and the Imagination

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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 Yorùbá city of Ilé-Ifè in southwest Nigeria. The spread of Yorùbá 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 Yorùbá 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 Yorùbá sense of place, offering the fullest portrait to date of this sacred African city.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Well written, clearly this book it well researched. It was a little bit of a slow read for me. The book discusses aspects of practices that I have not seen discussed elsewhere in English and addresses certain aspects of the Ooni and his household that I found very interesting.

There is a glaring mistake in the last couple of pages that scares me. It makes me wonder what other mistakes the book might have. I'm not giving away what the details of the mistake is but it does not directly refer to Orisha or Ile-Ife so I am taking it as just a mistake.
Anyone who imagines the sacred cities of the world to be limited to Jerusalem, Rome, and Mecca is up for an enlightening journey in Jacob K. Olúpònà's City of 201 Gods: Ilé-Ifè in Time, Space, and the Imagination. Olúpònà makes a powerful case that Ilé-Ifè, the sacred city of the Yoruba religion, already heavily studied by archaeologists and art historians, should be counted with Banaras, Medina, Tenochtitlán, and others as one of the great sacred cities of the world, which need to be studied through a religious lens.

This is a good book for a college-level reader interested in learning more about (a) African Traditional Religion or (b) The Study of Religion.

Olúpònà divides his treatment of Ilé-Ifè into three major sections: Part I covers the cosmology, history, and ethnography of the sacred city; Part II a selection of rituals; and part III the... Read more
The City of 201 God: Ile-Ife in Time, Space and Imagination, is a book that calls for curiosity based upon the desire and the pursuit of everlasting peace. If most of the wealthy faiths in the world have failed to find an everlasting peace, can the Yoruba Faith of Ifa-Ife Divination succeed? If it did succeed in the past, it is hoped that it could succeed in the present and in the future.

The book gives its readers the ethereal imagination that there are at least 201 deities (divinity-philosophers) lining the avenue leading to the king's palace. Wow! If this should be another accretion why Yoruba Faith should be regarded a world religion of love and harmony, time is here now to divine and tell. Your library is complete with a copy.
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