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Yoruba of Southwestern Nigeria - William Russell Bascom

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Genre: Travel / Author: William Russell Bascom / Edition: Reprint / Paperback / 118 Pages / Book is published 1984-01 by Waveland Pr Inc

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      17.09.2001 23:54
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      Since I am very interested in African culture, and am related to Nigeria somehow, I really enjoyed this book. This is one of those books written about an African culture without prejudice. Bascom presents a picture of the culture of the one of the most interesting and important people of Africa. You will find a great deal about the Yoruba constituting one of the largest ethnic groups of Western Africa. The Yoruba were also for more than a century the dominant group among Nigeria’s educated elite, providing school teachers, clerks and other white collar workers both in Nigeria and in neighbouring territories. Moreover, the Yoruba are of interest, because of the contribution, which the Yoruba slaves and their descendants have made to the culture of the Carrribean and South America. The Yoruba, with other west African groups, represent a high level of cultural achievement in Sub-Saharan Africa. The writer, offers us a detailed description of the elaborate economic, political and social structures of the Yoruba, the complex set of religious beliefs and the world-famous art forms. You will be very impressed by what you read in the book, as you will find a political organisation including a king, town chiefs, palace chiefs, provincal chiefs, police, body guards, a system of wards and an elaborate system of courts. You may find the description of the practice of polygamy interesting. A man’s several wives seem to be able to live together in close proximity and in relative harmony. You also may find interesting the male and female roles in the culture while reading the book. The author seems to know the problems he can encounter in writing this book. Because, apparently he selected the data carefully and eliminated some of them. Also as stated in the book, Prof, Bascom recognised the danger of generalising about The Yoruba. In the book, you will find these chapters: Introduction to The Yoruba,
      Origins and History, Economics, Government, Social Structure, The Life Cycle, The Spiritual Cycle, The Deties, Esthetics. I want to remind you of the fact that this book isfrom 1969. It is very old but the facts are very interesting but absolutely there are so many things that have changed since then. I hope, you will like this a bit old but very interesting book, which I found in the library of my university.

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