This innovative anthology presents an interdisciplinary approach to Yorùbá culture and customs. Written by Yorùbá experts on all continents, the seventy-five chapters in the volume employ a variety of multi-faceted perspectives to provide a detailed study of the Yorùbá people with insights from anthropology, arts, language and linguistics, literature, history, religion, sociology, philosophy, psychology, criminology, law, technology, medicine, pharmacy, engineering, economics, education, political science, music, theater, popular culture, cultural studies, migration and diaspora studies, gender, etc. Each chapter addresses the changes that have taken place in traditional culture. This blend between traditional culture and modifications to such culture gives a balanced and authentic picture of what can be regarded as culture and customs in present-day Yorùbá society.
Tóyìn Fálọlá is Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He is author and editor of more than one hundred books, including Encyclopedia of the Yorùbá (IUP, 2016), The Yorùbá Diaspora in the Atlantic World (IUP, 2005), Yorùbá Warlords of the 19th Century (AWP, 2001), and The Yorùbá Gurus: Indigenous Production of Knowledge in Africa (AWP, 1999).
Akíntúndé Akínyẹmí is Professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and affiliate faculty at the Center for African Studies at the University of Florida. He is author of Orature and Yorùbá Riddles (Palgrave, 2015) and Yorùbá Royal Poetry: A Socio-Historical Exposition and Annotated Translation (BASS, 2004); co-author of Dictionnaire usual Yorùbá-français (AFRA-Karthala, 1997); and co-editor of Encyclopedia of the Yorùbá (IUP, 2016).