By Monica Demott
(formerly University of Iowa)

Divination consultation, Imodi, central Ijebu area, Nigeria, 1982. Photo by H. J. Drewal and M. T. Drewal. 

Although African myths acknowledge that death has come into the world and that death is humanity's inevitable fate, it is believed on the personal level that death is caused by some agent, such as a witch (Mbiti 1969: 152). A diviner must be consulted to determine who is responsible for the death. The person responsible may be fined and may be required to undergo a curative process that permits him/her to resume life in the community. Here, in another context, a diviner or babalawo of Yoruba peoples is consulted about an important event in life.