Olodumare: God in Yoruba Belief

By E. Bolaji Idowu | Go to book overview

7
The Ministers of Olódúmarè

In the earlier chapters, we have referred to certain beings whom we designated as divinities. These, according to the indigenous belief of the Yoruba, serve the will of Olódúmarè in the creation and theocratic government of the world. We shall now give a closer attention to them and consider their functions in some detail.

The problem with which we are to deal here is a delicate one. It is that of resolving the age-long riddle with regard to "gods many and lords many" in religion. The subject appears to be perennial, inasmuch as it belongs to the very existence of man in his dealings with a world which, at best, he can only see darkly--rather darkly, as in a mirror, while he remains in his "native sphere".

But, that the problem arises so persistently and demands to be examined so constantly is a proof that it is real. It presents itself under several questions--Have the gods come into being in consequence of the "retreat" of the Deity from the day-to-day life of man? Are the gods after all nothing more than a result of the intellectual fragmentation of the one Deity? Or, are they indeed celestial overlords among whom the universe has been partitioned? To a few aspects of this problem we shall give more attention below. Let us look now at some of the attempts which have been made to deal with it.

John Oman1 summarises the well-known opinion of Andrew Lang on the topic. To Lang, the sorry situation had been caused mainly by the advance of culture: the moral pre-eminence of a God who could not be bribed proved too much a handicap in competition with the ravenous but serviceable ghosts or ghost-gods, and shades of ancestors; add to that the rise of autocratic institutions, and you have arrived at the reason why "the old supreme Being was obscured or superannuated or at best enthroned as Emperor-God". In dealing with this question, John Oman himself said, "Polytheism is far from being the simplest

____________________
1
The Natural and the Supernatural ( Cambridge University Press, 1931), pp. 485 f.

-57-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this book

This book has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this book

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Olodumare: God in Yoruba Belief
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Contents v
  • Contents vi
  • Preface vii
  • I - "In All Things . . . Religious" 1
  • 2 - Our Ancestral Home 11
  • 3 - In the Beginning 18
  • 4 - Olódùmarè--The Name 30
  • 5 - Olódùmarè--His Attributes 38
  • 6 - Olódùmarè--His Status 48
  • 7 - The Ministers of Olódúmarè 57
  • 8 - The Ministers of Olódùmarè Continued 71
  • 9 - The Cult of the Divinities 107
  • 10 - The Cult of the Divinities Continued 129
  • 11 - The Cult of Olódùmarè 140
  • 12 - Olódùmarè and Moral Values 144
  • 13 - Olódùmarè and Man's Destiny 169
  • 14 - Olódùmarè and Man's Final Destiny 186
  • 15 - Change or Decay? 202
  • Index of Subjects 216
  • Index of Proper Names 221
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
/ 224

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Author Advanced search

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.