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
Molefi Kete Asante
Ifè (or Ilé-Ifè, the sacred place of creation) is an ancient city created by the Yoruba people and located in the southwestern part of the country of Nigeria. Recently, evidence has been discovered that pushes the history of this city back to around 500 BC. During this period, the Yoruba around Ifè were agriculturalists. They had domesticated many crops used in their diets. The city of Ifè is said to have originated when the founding deities, Oduduwa and Obatala, began the creation of the world. According to the origin legend of the Yoruba, these deities were directed by ...