Cultic powers of Yoruba twins: manifestation of traditional and religious beliefs of the Yoruba.

@article{Oruene1983CulticPO,
  title={Cultic powers of Yoruba twins: manifestation of traditional and religious beliefs of the Yoruba.},
  author={Taiwo Olaleye Oruene},
  journal={Acta geneticae medicae et gemellologiae},
  year={1983},
  volume={32 3-4},
  pages={
          221-8
        }
}
The birth of twins was believed by the earlier Yoruba communities to be an omen. Drastic measures were adopted in the form of infanticide, or, sometimes, banishment of the twins with their mothers. The ritual killings were gradually replaced by acceptance and reverence of the twins, and thus evolved the kinship cult of twins in which the orisa ibeji, a tutelary deity of twins, became part of the Yoruba pantheon. Twins could be identified in the community by their fixed names of Taiwo and… CONTINUE READING
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