Ifa Divination

by John Pemberton III
Professor Emeritus, Amherst College

Imori is a series of rites in which the individuality of a person is discerned, Ijebu-Ode, Yoruba peoples, Nigeria, July 1982. Photo by John Pemberton III. 

When casting ifa is performed simultaneously for two children, the variation in the marks on the boards for the babies is taken to refer to the different groups of ifa verses relevant at this stage for understanding the distinctive nature of each child.