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Preface Chapter 1 Worldview, cosmology, and myths of origin Chapter 2 Gods, ancestors, and spirit beings Chapter 3 Sacred authority: Divine kingship, priests, and diviners Chapter 4 Ceremonies, festivals, and rituals Chapter 5 Sacred Arts, verbal and ritual performances Chapter 6 Encounter with the incoming world: Christianity and Islam in Africa References Further reading Index

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Jacob K. Olupona is Professor of African Religious Traditions at Harvard Divinity School, with a joint appointment as Professor of African and African American Studies in Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences. A noted scholar of indigenous African religions, his books include City of 201 Gods: Ile-Ife in Time, Space, and the Imagination, Orisa Devotion as World Religion: The Globalization of Yoruba Religious Culture, co-edited with Terry Rey, and Kingship, Religion, and Rituals in a Nigerian Community: A Phenomenological Study of Ondo Yoruba Festivals. In 2007, he was awarded the Nigerian National Order of Merit, one of Nigeria's most prestigious honors.

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