Ifa Divination

by John Pemberton III
Professor Emeritus, Amherst College

Otun, Yoruba peoples, Nigeria, July 1977. Photo by John Pemberton III.

Ifa priests at the palace in the Ekiti town of Otun performing the weekly rite ijuba (honoring) ifa. Following the casting of the four parts of a kola nut to learn what sacrifices are to be made on the king's behalf to ifa, they offer prayers to Orunmila and in this instance place additional kola nuts and water on ikin ifa (the sacred palm nuts) in the ifa igebe (ifa bowl).