Iyanifa Woman of Wisdom

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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

Authored by Ayele Fa'Se'guntunde' Kumari Ph.D.
Contributions by Yeye Gogo Nana, Kpojito Aina Olomo, Verda Olayinka, Vassa Olufadeke, Iya Awo Falola, Ifafunmike Osunbunmi Alake Oyegbade, Yeye Luisah Teish, Yeye OlaOsun V. Lakesin EdD, Iyanla Vanzant JD, Fayomi Falade Aworeni Obafemi MA, Iyalode Fagbemileke Fatunmise

Iyanifa means Mother of Wisdom or Mother of Ifa. It is the position of the High Priestess in the Ifa Orisha tradition . The Ifa Orisha tradition of Africa is thousands of years old and was so strong, it was able to survive the slave trade to go on in the new world. What didn't survive the slave trade ,but remained in Africa was the position of Iyanifa. In a world where women have lost much of their ancient mysteries to patriarchy and slavery, a tradition is presented here that went underground but did not die. Iyanifas, Iyami, and Queen mothers of Africa resurface now to continue a legacy for new generations across the globe.

This book is a collection of stories, essays, and explorations of the position of Iyanifa and its resurgence in the Diaspora. Gleaned from the perspective of the elder mothers who broke the glass ceiling to reclaim the tradition , they share their divine wisdom teachings, candid personal experiences, joys, and growing pains drawn from their lives as Iyanifas and women in the tradition.

This volume of work features authors such as Luisah Teish, Iyanla Vanzant, Aina Olomo and many other powerful healers, diviners, and counselors. It is offered as a gift to women in the tradition and to those interested in Woman's and African Studies to explore the path of Iyanifa and to be a resource for years to come.

Publication Date:
1500492892 / 9781500492892
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Social Science / Women's Studies / General

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