Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: January 26, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412964623 | Print ISBN: 9781412936361 | Online ISBN: 9781412964623| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Ibram H. Rogers
Fa is the name of a deity among the Fon people of Benin and the Yoruba of Nigeria. Among the Yoruba, the name is often rendered Ifa. Fa is the far-reaching God of fate or destiny who can impact on the lives of all humans. According to the traditional teachers of African religion, the notion of Fa as the determiner of destiny is the central focus of the work done by this deity. It is thought that individuals have their own personal Fa or God of destiny, and each person also has their own Legba. Legba is the only God who knows ...