Ifa Divination

by John Pemberton III
Professor Emeritus, Amherst College

Yoruba peoples, Nigeria, June 1982. Photo by John Pemberton III. 

At the conclusion of the service, the priest holds an ancient Osugbo ipawo ase (staff of authority), as he fills up the calabash containing the devotees' offerings and prays for all who have gathered, for their families, and for the town.