Document Type



Master of Arts (MA)


Religious Studies

First Advisor's Name

Albert Wuaku

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Committee chair

Second Advisor's Name

Andrea Queeley

Second Advisor's Committee Title

Committee member

Third Advisor's Name

Whitney Bauman

Third Advisor's Committee Title

Committee member


Gender, Orality, Ifa, Myths, Oriki, Proverbs, Patriarchy, Sexuality, Women in Yoruba Oral Tradition

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This study argues that Yoruba oral genres offer women models “of “and “for” ways of enduring resistance from patriarchy. In the myths, proverbs and praise poems, women challenge marginalization in ways incomparable to what prevails in other world religions. By engaging Yoruba oral genres, this study offers insights into how the Yoruba reflect on sharing of power among the male and the female. The study also highlights how Yoruba oral genres speak to the power imbalance in male /female relationships and sheds light on the prescriptions oral genres offer women for negotiating these imbalances.





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