The Cupbearers in African Art from Nigeria.
The kneeling priestess, her cheeks marked with "kpélé" scarifications, presents a cup intended for offerings or divination.
The Yoruba religion is based on artistic sculptures with coded messages (aroko). These spirits are believed to intercede with the supreme god Olodumare.
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Within the Yoruba pantheon, Orunmila is the "orisa" deity who is consulted in the event of a problem through ifà divination thanks to the diviner babalawo (iyanifà for a woman).
The kingdoms of Oyo and Ijebu arose following the disappearance of the Ifé civilization and are still the basis of the political structure of the Yoruba. The Oyo created two cults centered on the Egungun and Sango societies, still active, who venerate their gods, the Orisa, through ceremonies using masks, statuettes, scepters and divination supports.
(source: "Yoruba", B.Lawal, 5 continents)
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