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Title:A Yoruba Tale of Marriage, Magic, Misogyny and Love
Author:Schiltz, Marc
Periodical:Journal of Religion in Africa
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:Baptist Church
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Religion and Witchcraft
Cultural Roles
Marital Relations and Nuptiality
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/1581729
Abstract:In this paper the author approaches the increased prominence of witchcraft-sorcery fears in postcolonial Nigeria and the attraction of Pentecostal Christianity among the Yoruba through the personal experiences of Délé Adébísí, a long-time Nigerian friend and former resarch assistant with whom he corresponded over three decades. From one perspective, Délé's accounts of witchcraft-sorcery incidents contain an abundance of what one may call text-book illustrations of Yoruba people's representation of evil and its mystical and human agencies in the modern world. From another perspective, however, Délé's texts are chronicles of a real life drama in which he plays the tragic hero's role. As a storyteller, Délé recalls events in which actors' virtues, vices, and emotions constantly mirror our own experiences of what people can turn out to be as they progress through life. In Délé's case the author perceives such a progression in his shift from a virtue-centred Catholic upbringing in rural Is'.eyin to a more prayer/power-centred aládúrŕ-Pentecostalism in Lagos, when recently the spectres of 'mágůn' sorcery and witchcraft began to close in on his marriage, livelihood and health. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.