- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 4, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1500492892
- ISBN-13: 978-1500492892
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #521,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Iyanifa Woman of Wisdom: Insights from the Priestesses of the Ifa Orisha Tradition, Their Stories and Plight for the Divine Feminine Paperback – August 4, 2014
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The book has a number of authors and contributors from different backgrounds. Most are Iyanifas, some are Apetibis, and most are African American women who have practiced in both the Lucumi and Traditional Ifa traditions. They speak from vast experiences about both.
I only wish they had more Iyanifa's from Nigeria to speak... Contrary to what one of the reviewers said, Iyanifas have been around and are not new. The tradition itself is based on women and historically dates back to women before the shift to patriarchy. Since I am Nigerian, I would have appreciated hearing more from them and the female Dibias in Igboland who do the same thing in Afa.
Dr. OlaOsun has a wonderful essay about Iyanifa and clarifies many important differences and similarities with Apetibiis and Babalawos. Kpojito Aina Olomo talks about Matricentered Consciousness and the importance of the mother in the tradition. Luisah Teish offers an interview and talks about her experience as a black woman entering the Cuban tradition and also shares stories of Orunmila and Osun.
All in all the books is for a wide audience and has something for beginners and experienced people. It also has a lot of the history of how Iyanifas came to the United States and how they were treated by the Old Boys Network.