Sixteen Cowries

Sixteen Cowries

Yoruba Divination from Africa to the New World
William W. Bascom
Distribution: World
Publication date: 05/22/1980
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-20847-7
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... a landmark in research of African oral traditions."—African Arts

... a significant contribution to the understanding of Yoruba religious belief, magic, and art." —Journal of Religion in Africa

Yoruba texts and English translations of a divination system that originated in Nigeria and is widely practiced today by male and female diviners in the diaspora. A landmark edition.

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Table of Contents


Part One: Sixteen Cowries

Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. The Divination Verses
Chapter 3 The System of Belief

Part Two: The Verses of Sixteen Cowries
Chapter 4 Eji Ogbe 8 cowries
Chapter 5 Ofun 10 cowries
Chapter 6 Osa 9 cowries
Chapter 7 Okanran 1 cowrey
Chapter 8 Eji Oko 2 cowries
Chapter 9 Irosun 4 cowries
Chapter 10 Ose 5 cowries
Chapter 11 Ogunda 3 cowries
Chapter 12 Obara 6 cowries
Chapter 13 Odi 7 cowries
Chapter 14 Owonrin 11 cowries
Chapter 15 Ejila Sebora 12 cowries
Chapter 16 Ika 13 cowries
Chapter 17 Oturupon 14 cowries
Chapter 18 Ofun Kanran 15 cowries
Chapter 19 Irete 16 cowries
Chapter 20 Opira 0 cowries

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