African Traditional

Love

Yuruba Proverb (Nigeria)

“One going to take a pointed stick to pinch a baby bird should first try it on himself to feel how it hurts.” -Yoruba Proverb African Traditional (Nigeria) Source “Whenever a person breaks a stick in the forest, let him consider what it would feel like if it were himself

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The Lord

Obatala, King of the White Cloth

Olodumare the god of the sky sent his two sons, Obatala and Oduduwa, down to this world with three things: a bag, a hen and a chameleon. At that time there was no land, only water, so the two brothers had nowhere to stand. Olodumare therefore dropped a tree from

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Father

Olodumare, Olorun – Owner of Heaven

Known as God and the Creator of the Universe, He is the Father of Obatala (King of the White Cloth) and all Orisa (divine beings); also known as the Sky Father. The ruler of (or in) the Heavens. The Supreme God or Supreme Being omnipotent and the Source of all.

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creation

Dagara, Cosmology & Creation

For the Dagara, cosmology begins with the story of creation. In the beginning there was no earth as we know it. In its place was a burning planet, a ball of fire combusting at high speed. Therefore, fire is the first element of the Dagara wheel. Fire is present in

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Marriage

Yoruba Traditional Marriage

A man or woman of marriageable age that refuses to get married does not always get the approval of people of the Yorùbá society. Instead, they make corrective mockery of such individuals until the needful is done.

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