Title: Becoming Olorisa: Ede Town (Nigeria) in the Making of Ulli Beier and Susanne Wenger
Authors: Oyeweso, Siyan
Oluwafunminiyi, Raheem
Citation: West Bohemian Historical Review. 2022, no. 1, p. 97-112.
Issue Date: 2022
Publisher: Západočeská univerzita v Plzni
Document type: article
URI: http://wbhr.cz/images/issues/WBHR_2022_1.pdf
ISSN: 1804-5480
Keywords: zasvěcení;Ajagemo;Ede;Ulli Beier;Olorisa;Timi Laoye I.;Yoruba;Susanne Wenger
Keywords in different language: initiation;Ajagemo;Ede;Ulli Beier;Olorisa;Timi Laoye I;Yoruba;Susanne Wenger
Abstract in different language: This paper examines the place of the historic Yoruba town of Ede, southwest Nigeria and the institution of Timi (traditional title of all Ede kings) in the evolution and development of Ulli Beier and Susanne Wenger’s thoughts on Yoruba art, culture and religion. At Ede, under the guardianship of its king, Timi John Adetoyese Laoye I (1946–1975), Beier and Wenger were introduced into Yoruba culture and its religious cults and belief systems. Beier, in particular, was also introduced to the prominent traditional rulers in Yorubaland who were generally regarded as the custodians of Yoruba heritage and culture. This paved way for many of his discoveries and experiences on African cultures and religion where he was exposed to vast troves of sacred arts, rites, artefacts and the divination system of the Yoruba. Similarly, Wenger acknowledged that she was introduced into the mysterious world of the Yoruba belief systems by the Ajagemo (head of Obatala cult in Ede). The pair later became the purveyors and propagators of Yoruba art, culture and religions, although each one followed different approaches. They went on to influence and preserve Yoruba belief systems and culture. Beier was instrumental to the propagation of Yoruba talking drums and the recording of traditional history, festivals and Oriki (praise poetry) of Ede. Wenger, on the other hand, became a priestess and member of several cults in Osogbo. The paper draw its analysis on the use of secondary sources.
Rights: © Západočeská univerzita v Plzni
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