So, today we’re talking about African Pantheons. Now, you might say, that’s ridiculous. Africa isn’t a single place with a single pantheon, and we’d be fools to try and cover all that in an eleven minute video. You’d be right. Instead we’re going to focus on Yoruba religion from west Africa, and the Orishas that populate Yoruba stories. The many, many Orishas cover all aspects of life, and can be pretty specialized. We’re going to focus on a dozen or so.

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39 COMMENTS

  1. So no Polynesian pantheons then? Disappointing, as I was brought up with a lot of Māori mythology, but hardly surprising considering the world map behind you has completely cut Aotearoa/ New Zealand out of the picture!

  2. imo from what I've seen all the spiritual practices and deities have their similarities all over the world, it's basically the same thing practice in the different ways in different cultures (especially the African spiritual systems).

  3. The best way to understand Yoruba Mythology is to look up at the Cuban branch called Santeria, Yorubaland has been invaded by christians and muslims. The most important God in the mythology is called Olofi which's the God which gives power to all Orishas, not Orunmila, who was born after most of the Orishas had already been there. One thing to know about yoruba mythology/religion is that all stories called patakies, and divination are based on a complex divination system called Ifa. There you can find everything about it, e.i how the white man was born, why many africans were made slaves to the New World, the love story between the sea and land, etc.

  4. Wow very interesting! Its a shame how ignorant Yorubas are of their traditional, mythology, or religion. We are extremely religious and well versed in many imported religions except our own

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