Ifa Divination

by John Pemberton III
Professor Emeritus, Amherst College

Babalawo Kolawole Ositola performing a divination rite known as Idafa-ilu, Ijebu-Ode, Yoruba peoples, Nigeria, June 1982. Photo by John Pemberton III. 

Babalawo Kolawole Ositola performing a divination rite known as idafa-ilu. The sellers in the Itan-osun market in Ijebu-Ode seek to learn what sacrifices are needed to cope with failures and conflicts in the market.