Ifa Divination

by John Pemberton III
Professor Emeritus, Amherst College

The priest chants verses of the Odu, Ijebu-Ode, Yoruba peoples, Nigeria, June 1982. Photo by John Pemberton III.

The priest then chants the verses of the odu, which provide a context for the subsequent discussion of the problems faced by the suppliants. Subsequent casting of ifa indicates the nature and extent of the sacrifices that must be made, and to which spirits and deities.