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By Teresa N. Washington

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"Washington writes supple and considerate prose and creatively integrates African and African-derived terminology, which by no means distract the reader. I ponder Our moms, Our Powers, Our Texts not just an excellent research, but additionally a version to be emulated." -- Ousseynou B. Traore, William Patterson University?j? is a Yoruba notice that indicates a religious continual of significant power, in addition to the humans who workout that strength. even supposing either women and men could have ?j?, its proprietors and controllers are girls, the literal and cosmic moms who're respected because the gods of society. as a result of its organization with girl strength, its invisibility and profundity, ?j? is frequently misconstrued as witchcraft. besides the fact that, as Teresa N. Washington issues out in Our moms, Our Powers, Our Texts, ?j? is imperative to the Yoruba ethos and cosmology. not just does it underpin the suggestions of production and creativity, yet as a strength of justice and retribution, ?j? is key to social concord and stability. As Africans have been compelled into exile and enslavement, they took ?j? with them and persevered its paintings of making, destroying, harming, and therapeutic within the New World.Washington seeks out ?j?'s subversive strength of construction and new edition in a various diversity of Africana texts, from either males and girls, from either oral and modern literature, and throughout area and time. She publications readers to an figuring out of the symbolic, methodological, and religious matters which are critical to big works by means of Africana writers yet are not often elucidated by way of Western feedback. She starts off with an exam of the traditional kinds of ?j? in Yoruba tradition, which creates a framework for leading edge readings of very important works via Africana writers, together with Zora Neale Hurston, Toni Morrison, Ben Okri, Wole Soyinka, Jamaica Kincaid, and Ntozake Shange. This wealthy research will entice readers of Africana literature, African faith and philosophy, feminist reports, and comparative literature.

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They go on outings to bring sunrise and sunset. Where do you meet her? You meet her at the crossroads You meet her at the crossroads of sixteen roads Eight go to the earth, Eight go to heaven. What does she hold? She holds sixteen long livers. Àjf originates in what would seem contradictory places. Odò Qbà (a river named after Òrìsà Qbà; see chapter 2) is a tributary of the Qsun River; its source is in the town of Igbon in Igbomina (North of Ibadan). ” That Àjf originates in an actual river and in the cosmos illustrates the force’s paradoxical nature and ubiquity.

In I¤sm, Ibie describes Olprun (the God of the Sky) entrusting Ìyàmi Òsòròngà with the administration of qrun (the heavens) while he bathes. 31 Thus, the work of Àjf on ayé begins in qrun, and Ìyàmi Òsòròngà’s methodology encompasses and surpasses chronological time. m. ” (line 60). ” In Yurugu, Marimba Ani explicates the phenomena at work in Àjf’s melding of linear and sacred time: In the African conception, sacred, cyclical time gives meaning to ordinary, lineal time. The circle/sphere adds dimension to the line as it envelops it.

In Pepe Carril’s drama Shango de Ima, Obàtálá’s self-description is faithful to spiritual reality and contains copious references to Àjf: I was always sancti¤ed and old. I was never able to be a child, to live the life of an ordinary woman. . But I have sixteen roads. I have humility. I am loving, vengeful, voluptuous, and simple. I am father, mother, king and queen. I am wise and serene. I am the mistress of destiny. And I am also nothing. . this white hair of mine re®ects all mysteries. 49 As lyrical and accurate as Carril’s description is, an ancient oríkì of Obàtálá shared by C.

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