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 Odu Ifa is the sacred text of the spiritual and ethical tradition of Ifa that has its origins in ancient Yorubaland, which is located in modern Nigeria. It holds a unique position among African religions as the only one that survived the enslavement holocaust and colonialism and developed on an international level. In fact, Ifa is found in modified forms and under various names in numerous countries. For example, there is Lekumi in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the United States; Voudun in Haiti; Shango in Cuba; and Candomblé in Brazil. Ifa also retains its name and orthodox form in Nigeria and has begun to grow in the United States in orthodox and modified forms. Thus, the Odu Ifa remains the spiritual and ethical source for practicing an ancient living tradition for communities around the world. Moreover, Odu Ifa is one of the great sacred texts of the world The ...