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
The Lobi people reside in the Black Volta region, in what is known today as southwestern Burkina Faso and northeastern Ivory Coast. The Lobi migrated from Ghana to their present location in the 1770s in search of new uncultivated lands. Their primary activity is centered on farming: They grow millet, corn, sorghum, yams, beans, peppers, and some rice. They also raise sheep, goats, and chickens. The Lobi live in villages made up of compounds composed of circular houses with flat roofs. This entry looks at the religious beliefs and worship. According to the Lobi oral tradition, the world was created by Tangba You , the supreme God. However, Tangba You withdrew from the world because it was getting increasingly annoyed with the quasi constant fighting among men over women. Before retiring, nonetheless, God provided human beings with spirits known as Thila or Watbila (singular: thil) to assist them in Thila ...