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The Yoruba culture is the second largest cultural group in Nigeria, and one of the largest African ethnic groups in the south of Sahara Desert. The Yoruba culture dominates the western and a little part of the southern(Benin) part of the country.

The Yoruba's are an ethnic group with a population of over 40 million people, covering the south western and north -central region of Nigeria, as well as southern and central Benin.

Map of Yoruba lands also called Oduduwa Republic

It has been said from history that the Yoruba people descended from a hero called Oduduwa, He was the first king of Ile - Ife, a town located in OSUN state.

The brass helmet used in ododua ritual

Today there are over fifty people claiming kingship as descendants of Oduduwa.

Below the image of Oduduwa

Oduduwa

The Yoruba territory was known as the Slave Coast During the four centuries of the slave trade, the Yoruba's were traded to different part of the world, majority was sent to the Caribbean and South America.

Taking of slaves to a foreign land from Nigeria

Slave trade existed between the 15th to 19th century, the Yoruba people were said to have migrated and traded to countries like Cuba, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Jamaica, Grenada,Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, and Saint Lucia, amongst others.

Yoruba has many dialects, and the language is said to be originated from Congo, all states in the west of Nigeria speak Yoruba but might differ in pronouncing but they can all understand each other. Examples of Yoruba words are as follows, ile means Home, Pele is "sorry" Bawo ni is "How are you?"; and Dada is "Fine"

FOLKLORE

Odua pouring a bit of earth in a snail shell, and a five-toed chicken on the earth

According to a Yoruba Ancient story the deities originally lived in the sky with water below the heavens, it was said that the Sky God "Olorun" Gave Orishala the God of whiteness a task to go form the earth (a bit of earth in a snail shell, and a five-toed chicken) on getting to the gate of heaven. He saw some deities drinking and having fun and he decided to join them, later he slept off, his younger brother saw him sleeping drunk and took the materials to the gate of heaven, He let down the chain and he climbed it down . Odua threw the piece of earth into the water and placed the five-toed chicken upon it. It was said that was how the earth was formed. From History it was said that Yoruba was the oldest Culture of all times.

RELIGION
It is said that 25% of Yoruba people still practice the traditional religion.

The rest are evenly divided between Christianity and Islam.

This is an introduction to the Yoruba culture, I'll be dropping things about MAJOR HOLIDAYS,RITES OF PASSAGE, RELATIONSHIP, LIVING CONDITIONS,FAMILY LIFE and lots more on my next post about the Yoruba culture.

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Comments

Thanks for sharing this. It is always fun learning about other cultures. 👍👍

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10 months ago

Your always welcome, we expect you in Nigeria soonest

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10 months ago

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10 months ago

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10 months ago

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9 months ago

Lols okay sir, am still writing and doing a lot of research... Thanks for following

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9 months ago

that's a nice article about the Yoruba culture. I always admired their culture from the on set. I love them so much because their level of value in respect. Good work.

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10 months ago

They are so respectful, they value their culture

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10 months ago

Ilang points ang nakukuha sa pag cocomment baka wala kaming makuha hahahahahah

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10 months ago

I have approved your two articles here, but if you want to keep them here, I would like to suggest improvements of edition and language. Is that okay with you?

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9 months ago

Okay, sure I would work on that, thanks

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9 months ago

I will go through this and then I will suggest changes below. It will take a little while.

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9 months ago

Thanks, correction carefully done

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9 months ago

Looks good. Please look at your other article too.

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9 months ago

Ok, this will not become perfect, but a little better. I don't want to suggest too radical changes of your text.


First paragraph: the second largest cultural group - remove most

Second paragraph, the first part of first sentence, rephrase to: The Yoruba's are an ethnic group with a population of over 40 million people,...

Under the map: To avoid total rephrasing, write "It has been said from history that the Yoruba people...

and a comma after Ife Ife

Today there are over fifty people claiming kingship as descendants of Oduduwa. No "a" before descendants.

Below the image of Oduwa... the majority

Last paragraph before Folklore: differ (not differs) and "but they can all understand each other" add a "they".

Within this parenthesis it's a bit confused. Please fix that. (a bit of earth in a snail shell, and a five-toed chickena bit of earth in a snail shell, and a five-toed chicken)

took the materials to the gate of heaven, - not comma last, it should a period. It is end of sentence.

While the rest are evenly shared, practice Christianity and Muslim religion. Change to "The rest are evenly divided between Christianity and Islam."

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9 months ago

Okay I'll work on the changes now...

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