Women in the Yoruba Religious Sphere
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An exploration of gender and power relations in Yoruba religion—both Christianity and Yoruba traditional religion.
Drawing on a wide range of oral and written sources, this book shows that women occupy a central place in the religious worldview and life of the Yoruba people and shows how men and women engage in mutually beneficial roles in the Yoruba religious sphere. It explores how gender issues play out in two Yoruba religious traditions—indigenous religion and Christianity in Southwestern Nigeria. Rather than shy away from illuminating the tensions between the prominent roles of Yoruba women in religion and their perceived marginalization, author Oyeronke Olajubu underscores how Yoruba women have challenged marginalization in ways unprecedented in other world religions.
Oyeronke Olajubu is Senior Lecturer of Comparative Religion at the University of Ilorin.