In southwestern Nigeria, the search for spiritual security has often led to the movement from one religious affiliation to another. While conversion to Christianity has often meant a rejection of Yoruba traditional religious heritage, this situation presents a dilemma for those who see past religious practice as contributing to Yoruba identity as a people. There have been a range of solutions to this problem???from the secularization of masquerade performances to the reinterpretation of long-standing beliefs about religious purity associated with particular materials???to be illustrated and discussed in this presentation.
Elisha Renne (anthropology and Afroamerican and African studies) was a 2006-2006 Faculty Fellow in the Institute for the Humanities.