Back to Home Page or Contents or African Mythology or Article Index
Ifa, a method of divination practiced in Nigeria, involves the making patterns of four and sixteen palm kernels on a board after tossing them from one hand to another. Ifa is occasionally said to be another name for the oracle god Orunmila and sometimes referred as a separate individual. His parents were Oroko and Alajeru. He was a man, though born in heaven. Olorun, the supreme being, sent him to earth to teach man medicine and to help them to resolve their general problems. His first stop was Usi where he set up an advice center. After awhile he moved onto Ado and later to Hesha, establishing centers in each town. Eventually he arrived in Ifa, a place he liked so much that he decided to make it his home. (Yoruba myth, Nigeria) A.G.H.
Savil, Sheila. Pears Encyclopedia of Myths and Legends. "Western and Northern Europe, Central and Southern Africa." London. Pelham Books Ltd. 1977. p. 162