Academic journal article The International Journal of African Historical Studies

Eshu: Yoruba God, Powers, and the Imaginative Frontiers

Academic journal article The International Journal of African Historical Studies

Eshu: Yoruba God, Powers, and the Imaginative Frontiers

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Eshu: Yoruba God, Powers, and the Imaginative Frontiers. Edited by Toyin Falola. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2013. Pp. xxiii, 392; 31 illustrations, notes on contributors, index. $60 paper.

Toyin Falola has coordinated nineteen essays into a richly textured discourse on Eshu, "the God without boundaries" (p. 3), by authors whose fields of expertise include anthropology, comparative religion, linguistics, history, philosophy, art history, and literature or who are religious practitioners. His contributors are primarily native Yoruba speakers who move easily between English, Nigeria's official language, and Yoruba-quoting relevant passages (always translating from the Yoruba) to develop their arguments. A number of the contributors teach in Nigeria and so their work has not been readily available in Western academic circles.

Falola takes as a central premise of the book that Eshu, as divine messenger, is critical to understanding Yoruba religion and worldview, not only in Africa but as these have developed in related religious and cultural traditions in the African diaspora. Eshu moved with other religious forces to those places in the Western hemisphere where Africans were forcibly resettled between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries as well as where they have since migrated voluntarily. He has moved from what Falola describes as a local setting to a global network -surviving profound historical changes. …

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