"The Religion of the Yoruba"; by J. Olumide Lucas; Athelia Henrietta Press
A comprehensive study of Yoruba, including a survey of the major Orishas, the deified spirits of ancestors and other spirits, the minor Orishas, details of priesthood and worship, the Yoruba conception of human beings, magic in Yorubaland, and the survival of heiroglyphics, emblems and other symbols. A scholarly work. Illustrated. Appendix, bibliography. 440pp.
"IFAISM The Complete Work of Orunmila" Volume I to
Volume XVII; by Mr. C. Osamaro IBIE; Athelia Henrietta Press Inc. NY; Publishing In
The Name Of Orunmila
IFISM - THE COMPLETE WORKS OF ORUNMILA VOLUME 1
C. OSAMARO IBIE
In this first volume, Mr. Ibie gives us an indepth and comprehensive overview of Orunmila, the oracular divinity. Beginning with chapter 1, The Author's Early Association With Orunmila and continuing to chapter 13, the author brings the reader to a very extensive examination of each of the sixteen Olodus, (Apostles of Orunmila) in order of their seniority beginning with Eji Ogbe and ending with Ofun Meji. This seventeen volume series gives a thorough religious and spirtual discourse on Ifism through these very Complete Works of Orunmila. Introduction. Illustrations. 251pp.
IFAISM THE OMPLETE WORKS OF ORUNMILA VOLUMES 8 AND 9 - THE ODUS OF IROSUN AND
C. Osamaro Ibie
In this Volume, Mr. C. Osamaro Ibie continues his revelations of the Odus (Sacred text of Ifa). In addition to revealing the earthly works performed by each Odu (Disciple of Orunmila), Mr. Ibie also gives account as in his previous volumes of the heavenly works of the Odus as well. This book I contains the fifteen Odus of Irosun and Owanrin. Once again as in earlier volumes, the reader, whether novice or initiate will be amazed at the amount of information contained in this series which has never before been published. Through the sacred text of each Odu, the reader is brought into the world of the divinity Orunmila (the oracular divinity of Wisdom), Gods own witness to creation, also known as Eleri Ukpin. This series is already being considered by many as the Bible of Ifa.
Photographs. Index. 178 pp.
Divinity Tranquil Sea - Turbulent Tides
Lloyd Weaver and Olurunmi Egbelade
As there are spirits in the earth, so the Yoruba belive that there are spirits dwelling in the rivers, lagoons and the sea. These spirits are revered principally by those who dwell near rivers, lagoons or the sea and who believe that the spirits, if suitably provided can in return provide man's needs. They control abundance offish, they prevent the capsizing of canoes and river accidents; some of the spirits supply children to the barren. YEMONJA, for example, is believed to be the goddess of waters generally and from her body, according to the people's belief, all rivers, lagoons and the sea flow out. Today she is associated with the Ogun River and is given elaborate worship in those areas through which it flows, particularly in Abeokuta. Illustrations, Photograph, Index, 200 pp.
Osun Across the Waters
by Joseph M. Murphy
This work, a compilation of various pieces by a diverse group of authors, is easily the best single book on the Orisa Osun that has been presented in English. Not only are many different traditions (Ifa, Lukumi, Candomble, etc.) represented, but Osun's multifaceted presence is expressed through a variety of eyes - all sharing small pieces of a much larger whole. I was particularly impressed with the pieces by Abiodun and Abimbola and found the ideas presented to be fascinating. The book has several wonderful pictures, a great number of chants and Odu verses and a wealth of information. I waited for quite some time for this book to be released and it was well worth the wait!! I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about the wonderful Orisa Osun!!
IMOYE A Definition of The Ifa
Baba Ifa Karade
Clearly and methodically, Baba Ifa Karade renders an outstanding depth of insight into the Ifa tradition. Beginning with its "Genesis" and progressing to the religious traditions and practices, Mr. Karade states "It is important for the devotees of the yoruba faith to explore the origins of the Yoruba in both historical and cultural dimensions in addition to studying the structure of the Ifa philosophy and religious culture. By studying and contemplating upon the vast richness of the tradition, devotees are also less likely to rest upon the "Occult-like" levels and rise to the plateau of realizing Ifa as a path to inner enlightment and divine reflection.This literary work represents a courageous step in broadening and elaborating on previously held concepts by some devotees and non-devotees alike that rested upon cultural imitations, while gaining no understanding of the ultimate purpose and directives of the deepness of the African ancestral thought, behavior and concepts of the world at large and divine realms. This book clearly places Baba Ifa Karade among the uninhibited, who would elevate the philosophy and directives of the Ifa tradition. Photographs, Glossary, Footnotes, Index
Ara Ifa Publishing
"The Adventures of Obatala" part 2 Orikis by the Awiise of Osogbo"; by Ifayemi Elebuibon; Ara Ifa Publishing
IFA: The Key to it's
by Fasina Falade
If anyone is interested in learning about our traditional religion, YOU should purchase Baba Fasina Falade's new book! IT is called 'Ifa, Key's to it's Understandings'. A little info on Baba Fasina Falade: HE was Intiated into Ifa in Nigeria, Africa. He is a person with good character and always willing to help anyone in the search for the truth. It is my beleif and experience, that what Baba Fasina Falade's has written in this book is something that will and can help anyone in search for the truth and love about this religion. This is the first book I have read, that has real information about our beautiful Religion IFA-Orisa. This book is filled with valuable information on orisa worship, taboos, how to feed the orisa, how to pray (correctly), etc. Along with that it has quite a collection of beautiful prayers in it. I recommend this book to everyone looking to learn about what this religion has to offer us and what we can offer it. As you read this book, You can feel the love and devotion that Baba Fasina Falade put into writing this 768 page book!
The Altar of My Soul :
The Living Traditions of Santeria
by Marta Moreno Vega
Marta Moreno Vega, Ph.D., provides a necessary book to show that Santerķa is not "scary". It's not the dark and mysterious plot of bad movies. It reminds us that religion is a wonderful growth experience rooted in humility, the unknown, family, community and knowledge. The book takes us through a spiritual and emotional development that starts with Dr. Vega's childhood. She revisits memories of her mother's adamant Catholicism and her grandmother's unspoken faith. We eventually see how the family returns to the original faith when crisis strikes, and how the faith would reunite broken families even after death
ANCESTORS Hidden Hands, Healing
Min. Ra Ifagbemi Babalawo
Exactly who are the Ancestors? This book discusses the role and function of the Ancestors in oureveryday lives while detailing the proper way to propitiate them. Included are Offerings, Prayersand Reverence as well as the procedure for establishing the ancestor altar.Illustrations, Index
IFA'S OBI ABATA The Little Oracle
That Goes a Long Way
Min. Ra Ifagbemi Babalawo
It is gratifying to know that Min. Ra Ifagbemi has produced a manual on Obi divination. While brilliantly pioneering this subject, he has precisely and concisely created a work of great practicality Based on the age old Yoruba Oracle Obi, this book will certainly become a standard reference for Obi divination; allowing the reader to comprehend the full potential and divine message from the mouth of the Spirit of Creation itself.Obi Abata, which is the focus of this work is the simplest Ifa Oracle. It requires no initiations nor prescribed animal sacrifices. But, be not fooled, although apparently simple, it is extremely accurate and has the power to mathematically generate one leg of the Ifa Ikin and Opele oracles. Obi, when properly cast, reveals the exact state of affairs of any situation. Illustrations
The Secrets of AfroCuban
Divination : How to Cast the Diloggun, the Oracle of the Orishas
by Ocha'Ni Lele
While many books have been published about Santeria, The Secrets of Afro-Cuban Divination is the first to provide complete information on how to cast the Diloggun, including opening, reading, and closing the oracle, and how to give a comprehensive reading. With a detailed discussion about why each prayer is offered and insight into the metaphysical core of the religion, this book will bring those seeking the wisdom of the Diloggun closer to the living Orishas than they have ever been.
by Ocha'Ni Lele
"This book is incredible! I got it two days ago, and devoured it in two sittings. Not only is this the most complete resource that I have ever read about Obi divination, but it is the most beautifully written book about orisha worship that I have ever read. Honestly, I expected something that would be a dry read, but the introduction to this book about the author's visit to the ocean brought tears to my eyes. Ochani's first book "The Secrets of Afro-Cuban Divination" was wonderful, but the writing in this book far surpasses that. A must-have for any personal library."
THE CULT OF SANGO
The Study of Fire, An Anthology H.L. Ayalosa Ayobunmi Sosi Sangode
The ancient religion of the Yoruba of Nigeria is one of those great polytheistic, multi-cult, pagan systems. It has provided human society with the knowledge of the vast pantheon of gods and goddesses which actually control human life and who are the causes of its miseries and success. Sango is a divine prototype, a god, a divinity or an african saint (whichever you prefer), to whom all of those born with certain fiery proclivities, certain bombastic temperments, may identify. This is why African religion has Fire Gods, Water Gods, Earth Gods and Air Gods. It is why human types can "find" themselves; and by a study of the characteristics of their patron God or Goddess can understand more perfectly, the strange moods, events, failures and triumphs of their lives. H.L. lyalosa Ayobunmi Sosi Sangode brings us face to face with the Cult of Sango, in addition to exploring the universality of Sango's counterparts, Thunder, Lightening and Storm Gods. Forward. Photographs. Afterward. References. 82 pp.
"Fundamentals of the Yoruba Religion"; by Chief Fama; Ile
IFA/Yoruba Fundamentals of the Yoruba Religion (Orisa Worship) - Chief FAMA. This book provides detailed instruction of practical usage of Ifa by practitioners and non-practitioners and answers many questions with respect to "How to Pray ' the Ifa Way." The book, "The Bible" of the traditional Yoruba Religion, is 6 x 9, has 271 pp with photographs. It is written in English with Yoruba and has a comprehensive glossary. The book has been diligently researched and is an enchanting yet powerful overview of Yoruba religion. It is written in a friendly, readable style and many aspects of Yoruba are discussed. The reader benefits from the author's style of writing; her intimate knowledge of the Yoruba culture, and from her practical experience in the tradition of the religion.
INTRODUCTION TO YORUBA PHILOSOPHY, RELIGION AND
COVENANT OF THE EARTH
Dr. Yemi D. Ogunyemi
lle-Ife is a Yoruba ceremonial and trading center from which its people dispersed to find their kingdoms. It is noted for its naturalistic figures in brass and terracotta. It is ageless because it is the cradle of mankind. lle-Ife is not only the first town in Yorubaland, it is also the cultural capital of Oduduwa, the primogenitor of the Yoruba people.According to the oral literature, the Yorubaland has a very large number of deities. One of them is Orunlala who on reaching lle-Ife, assumed the name Aiyelala, a deity revered among the Atlantic Yoruba. He also claimed to be the twin brother of the notorious child, Abiku. In this narrative poem, (unique, nostalgic, salutary, divinatory and pining), the author shed light on the most powerful deities in his homeland. Illustrations. 64pp.
DIVINE INSPIRATION From Benin to Bahia
Photographer Phyllis Galembo was invited to Nigeria in 1985 to document the research of her friend and colleague, Norma Rosen, on the design and use of traditional Edo altars, ritual objects, and ceremonial dress. From this and subsequent journeys comes this collection of spectacular photographs and essays on Nigerian and Brazilian shrines and ritual figures. The first section of this book contains rare photographs of traditional priests and priestesses and the shrine objects they use. Both the essay by Rosen, an ordained Olokun priestess, and Galembo's powerful photographs illuminate some of West Africa's elaborate cultural and religious traditions. The second section explores the Brazilian form of ancient African spiritual religion brought to the New World during the Atlantic slave trade of the sixteenth century. The connection between the Ivory Coast of Africa and the New World has been acknowledged in works on the history, anthropology literature, folklore and music of the two areas, but never has visual documentation of this depth and quality been made available.This books breaks new ground in the study of African diaspora while it provides powerful photographs that are, above all, a celebration of the senses. 83 color plates. 192 pp.
IFA DIVINATION- IFA REFERENCE MANUAL-VOL. 3 FOR THE BEGINNER AND PROFESSIONAL
S. Solagbade Popoola
Practical Ifa Divination gives the reader a deep insight into tfa and its messages. Once read, the meaning of Ifa and the responsibilities reposed in the Babalawo and the client will be clearly understood. Through the sacred Odu, Ifa's message is revealed. The Interpretations, Sacrificial Materials, Significance of the Odu at Divination, Initiation and Naming Ceremony makes this Volume # 3 in the series, a must read! Covers the Odus of Ogbe. Very Extensive! Photographs. Forward. Glossary. Index. 590 pp.
"Yoruba Medicine"; by Anthony D.
Buckley; Athelia Henrietta Press
Traditional Medicine, which is only one of a number of systems of medicinal techniques nowadays practiced in Yorubaland, forms part of the rich cultural tradition of the Yorubas. Although it should in many respects be regarded as distinct from the mainstream ofYoruba traditional religion, medicine, like many other aspects ofYoruba life is inextricably intertwined with it. Through this book the reader is afforded an extensive encounter as well as cognitive approach to Yoruba Medicine.
BEADS OF GLASS, BEADS OF STONE
An Introduction to the Orisha & Apataki of the Yoruba Religion
Lionell F. Scott
The author is known in some circles as Babalashe Odufora. Here, he expounds on material he
presented in his first bookTa/es of Ancestors and Orisha, giving more Apatafd (teaching stories)
and insight into the Orisha for those who wish to learn about Yoruba, and for all who seek wisdom
and inspiration in meeting life's challenges.
Glossary. Index. 82pp.
FAITH, FANCIES & FETICH
OF YORUBA PAGANISM
Being some account of the Religious Beliefs of the Yorubas of Southern Nigeria
Stephen S. Farrow
The writer when living in Yorubaland found that worship of the people showed a belief in Spiritual
beings of various types, falling property into four distinct classes, viz (A) a Supreme Deity, Olorun
by Name; (B) a large class of Lesser Gods, or Orishas, their number being variously stated as 201
or 401 by their babalawos, or priests, but probably comprising over 600; (C) the spirits of the Dead
(ancestor worship, etc.); (D) a Supreme Spirit, Esu. Mr. Farrow discusses objects of worship,
objects of beliefs, modes of worship, the world of the mysterious and more making this book a
valuable treatise on the Yoruba Religion and its practices.
Preface. Forward. Illustrations. Appendix. Index. 180pp.
TALES OF ANCESTORS AND ORISHA
With this book you will enter the primordial battlefield of good and evil, in the story of the Osain: The Iron Birds of Protection; encounter the Orisha in their most human-like behavior, in the stories whose central characters are Elegba, Ogun, Obatala, Shango or Orisha Oko. You will even be introduced to talking insects! These delightful religious stories of the Fun Che often feature surprise endings, as well as a moral lesson. Illustrated. Glossary. 36pp.
"Santeria - An African Religion in America";
by Joseph M. Murphy; Original Publications
"Murphy's book fills a great need....He has done an admirable job of creating a mood or tone of voice that is at once honest, realistic, and respectful."--Bulletin of the Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard University
"What's a nice young professor of religion from Catholic Georgetown
doing among the santeros of the Bronx? Joseph M. Murphy might have gone collecting 'data'
for the usual academic dribble-drabble....Instead, he was after something more risky and
interesting: to join the ranks of those who serve the Cuban orishas--spiritual powers who
bear the names of both African gods and Catholic saints....Murphy writes as a
participant-observer, neither of this tradition nor of the outside world that condemns it
as so much Black Mischief....In that, the book, like Santeria itself, is a New World
"Metu Neter"; by Ra Un Nefer Amen; Khamit Corp
This book has given the meaning of life, as well as the propose for life. No matter what your religious beliefs are, the Metu Neter is a "science," through which all sciences can be comprehended and manipulated. I first read this book in 1992, and it has changed my life forever. I was in search of the "one truth" that is at the core of all religions, and it was found in the Metu Neter. Simply Empowering. Sandellyo Aimhetep Kauba.
Metu Neter Vol. 2: Anuk Ausar, The Kamitic
by Ra Un Nefer Amen
What is the essence of our being? How do we truly come to "know ourselves"? What is our relationship to God? And, conversely, what is God's relationship to us -- his creation? How do we tap into the spiritual corridors of our soul? Is God some big man (anthropomorphic) in a far off place watching our every move, logging in our positive or negative actions, for his/her eventual dispensation of justice(as many of us have been taught and believe) or can God be found in all things simultaneously (pantheistic) and experienced daily? The answers to these questions and many others are delineated in this wonderful work on spiritual cultivation by an author who is clearly an authority on his subject matter -- and thus writes with enlightening conviction. The Metu Neter, vol 2, is one of the most important books of our times. Certainly it is one of the most important texts I've read. It not only awakens the reader to the historical developments in ancient "Egypitan" spiritual dynamics, but also offers the contemporary seeker a clearly defined road to his/her own spiritual growth and development utilizing many of those same ancient modalities. Read this book. Study this book. Digest this book. Experience this book. Then, pass it on to everyone that you know.
"Ifa Will Mend Our Broken World"; by Wande Abimbola; Aim Books, Roxbury Ma
"The Way of the Orisa";
by Phillip John Neimark; Harper SanFrancisco
Carried to the Americas by slaves, the 8,000-year-old philosophy of Ifa originated with the Yoruba peoples of West Africa. Ifa's enduring message of strength and inner peace, one that offers a way to harmonize our spiritual and worldly aims, is enjoying a resurgence of popularity in the West.
Written by an avid student and accomplished practitioner, The Way of the Orisa provides an exhilarating introduction to the orisa, the powerful messenger spirits who act as our personal guardians. Through fables, rituals, prayers and simple guidelines, Philip Neimark shows how we can further our personal and professional goals by cultivating the loving support of orisa energy.
"Black Gods - Orisa Studies in the New World"; by John Mason;
This book has a unique point of view on what Orishas are and their different powers and manifestations. You will never perceive the Orisha/Santeria/Lukumi community in the same way after reading this book. It will open your eyes to the beauty of Orisha
"Olodumare - God in Yoruba Belief"; by E.
Bolaji Idowu, B.D., PHD
"Tales of Yoruba Gods & Heroes"; by Harold
Courlander; Original Publications NY
A fascinating collection of the oral literature of an ancient people. This book is an important and delightful contribution to mythology, folklore, history, African culture and black studies. Included in the appendix are some Yoruba songs and tales known among African-Americans communites in the West Indies and Brazil.
"Ifa Divination"; by William Bascom; First
Awo bascom has left his mark here at IKOLE-AYE (earth)with this systematic approach so simple that any non-practitioner of the Ifa religion could understand.It at the same time contains detailed information that any Awo or Babalawo would not part.Any purchaser would greatly get their money's worth.
"Olookun : Owner of Rivers and
Seas; by John Mason"
Mason's research as exhibited in this work is impeccable. He closely examines the origins and history of Olookun's worship in Africa, and he documents the journey of this Yoruba Deity from Africa to Cuba and thereby to the United States. Mason not only provides the reader with a history of the worship of Olookun, he illustrates some examples of the rituals associated with the Deity; and he oulines the development of those rituals in the New World. Additionally, the author identifies and provides information about those individuals who were directly responsible for bringing the mysteries of this Deity and his worship to the New World.
Sacred Ifa Oracle"
by Afolabi A. Epega & Phillip John Neimark; HarperCollins Publishers
Epega's English translations of the 256 texts included in the oral tradition of Ifa, together with Neimark's brief commentaries, are a glimpse into a deeply rooted African tradition that exercises considerable contemporary spiritual influence worldwide. Needless to say, they are only a glimpse. As Neimark points out, the process of divination that includes client, babalawo, and oracle is a living process in which participants experience the living presence of the divine. That is more than a written text can communicate, and reading the text apart from the experience is akin to reading the Book of Common Prayer from cover to cover without the rich sensory experience of participating in a celebration of the Eucharist--useful, no doubt, but hardly exhaustive. Neimark's preface establishes the context beautifully, and the introduction gives some insight into the mathematically and socially complex system of which the texts translated here are a part. The interplay of chance and necessity enacted in the divination process is a fascinating window on a Yoruba world that is full of insights into the "organic" character of both time and space. The book will invite readers familiar with other religious and philosophical speculations on that interplay to explore familiar territory in new ways. Steve Schroeder
"The Handbook of
Yoruba Religious Concepts"
by Baba Ifa Karade
The Handbook makes our tradition accessible. A highlight of this work is the wonderful job Baba does in paralleling Ifa with other spiritual practices and beliefs. This facilitates the reader's understanding of Ifa and traditional African spirituality as sacred. Baba's work helps dispel the negative "hoodoo," manipulation cloak which often surrounds African religion. This book makes it easy to return to our tradition and receive the full benefit of our sacred and powerful spiritual science. We give thanks to the divine forces guiding Baba's work!
"Ojise : Messenger of the Yoruba Religion"
by Baba Ifa Karade
As a new student of Ifa/Yoruba, i found that this book gave me a clear image of the path of initiation and was instrumental in me taking the path myself. It is clearly a 21st century outlook on one of the oldest traditions.
Egyptian Book of the Dead
by Budge E. A. Wallis
Mr. Budge's book is a wonderfull translation, and transliteration of this famous Ancient Egyptian document. With the heiroglyphics included in the transliteration, one is also able to study heiroglyphic translation as one reads the various chapters. Because the heiroglyphics are placed in the book as uniform graphics, the continuity of the pictures, helps the reader more efficiently follow the transliteration, thereby helping the reader deduce what symbols mean what, and thereby adding another facet to this wonderfull volume. The only drawback to this book, is the lack of photographs of the actual papyri. This problem is significant in some respects, but overall this volume is able to clearly define all of those items that the ancients felt were vital to get one (a deceased one) into the afterlife
Religious Traditions : Focus on the Akan of Ghana (Faith Meets Faith Series)
by Robert B. Fisher
From Author: My book gives a rather complete picture of the culture and religion of the Akan of Ghana. Other West Africa cultures are compared with that of the Akan to indicate their similarities and their many differences. Such a comparative study avoids many misconceptions some have about Africa. I hope that any reader will find this book an interesting introduction to Ghana. Students can find the study guides and bibliographies useful for further investigation. I recommend this book to anyone who plans to make a trip to Ghana. Use it to introduce children who makes trips to West Africa. The book has been praised by Bishop Peter Sarpong of Kumasi.
Religions of Africa :
Traditions in Transformation
by Thomas Lawson
A solid basis for understanding the whole spectrum of the religions of Africa! Concise, expert, and fully accessible, this is an excellent introduction to the complex, diverse religious traditions of Africa practiced by peoples with vastly different cultures and languages. Religions of Africa outlines and clarifies the historical development of indigenous African belief systems, discusses the impact of colonization, Christianity, Islam, and liberation movements on the continent's religious evolution, and examines the interaction between time-honored customs and new worlds of thought to "illustrate the process of traditions in transformation and transformations in tradition." Lawson presents the history, myths, rituals, institutions, and sociocultural patterns of two representative groups: the Yoruba of Nigeria and the Zulu of South Africa. Through understanding the religious worlds in which these groups live, the reader gains a solid basis for understanding the whole spectrum of the religions of Africa.
Quest"; by Awo Fa'lokun Fatunmbi; Original Publications
"Iba Se Orisa - Ifa Proverbs, Folktales, Sacred History and Prayer"; by Awo Fa'lokun Fatunmbi
"Awo - Ifa and the Theology of Orisha Divination"; by Awo Fa'lokun Fatunmbi
"Ifa En Tierra de Ifa"; by J.M. Castillo Oba Oriate