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Olodumare Moves Away from the Earth

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(Yoruba/Nigeria) The Yoruba have an elaborate hierarchy of deities, each with special duties and functions. They believe in a supreme but remote spirit, Olodumare, also known as ...

Olodumare Moves Away from the Earth

Olodumare Moves Away from the Earth (Yoruba/Nigeria)   Quick reference

A Dictionary of African Mythology

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2002

... Moves Away from the Earth (Yoruba/Nigeria) The Yoruba have an elaborate hierarchy of deities, each with special duties and functions. They believe in a supreme but remote spirit, Olodumare, also known as Olorun, the lord of heaven and the creator. Some four hundred lesser gods and spirits, known individually and collectively as orisa , are recognized. An orisa is a person who lived on earth when it was first created and from whom present-day people are descended. Although the supreme being is transcendent, he is not removed from men; he is...

Olodumare Moves Away from the Earth

Olodumare Moves Away from the Earth  

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Religion
(Yoruba/Nigeria)The Yoruba have an elaborate hierarchy of deities, each with special duties and functions. They believe in a supreme but remote spirit, Olodumare, also known as Olorun, the lord of ...
Cosmology and World View

Cosmology and World View   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Thought

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2010
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History, Regional and National History, Philosophy
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1,065 words

...therein and created the first couple—a man and a woman. The Tiv tribe conceive of God as the Great Carpenter who carved the world, bringing out of it different types of shapes and forms. However, while the Yoruba tribe see Olodumare (the Supreme Being) as the Creator par excellence , it is believed that He did this through the agency of Orisa-nla (the archdivinity). Virtually all African cosmologies agree that there was originally a smooth relationship between the Supreme Being and human beings and that heaven was very close to the earth, but that this was...

Dictatorship

Dictatorship   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Thought

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2010
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History, Regional and National History, Philosophy
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...from what was then an unbroken watery expanse. Orunmila began the process in Ile-Ife (the site where the land expanded), where, as they say, “the world began.” Upon completion of the task, Olodumare sent down human beings and a number of orisas (deities) to people and order the earth. The Yoruba trace their genealogy to Oduduwa (the one who descended from the sky/heaven with a chain), who was the first Oba (King) of Ile-Ife. The sons of Oduduwa embarked on expansionist voyages to establish new kingdoms far beyond Ile-Ife boundaries. Subsequently, the Obas...

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