William & Mary

COLL 300: The Araba: Chief Priest of Ifa

Ifarinwale Ogundiran, Araba of Modakeke, Nigeria
Ifarinwale Ogundiran ("The Araba") 

The Araba is the Chief Priest of Ifa, a traditional Yoruba religion, of the town of Modakeke, Nigeria. He has worked with scholars from American and European universities conducting research on his life and Yoruba religions.  Together with local practitioners, the Araba will guide us through dance and drum performance of various orisa rhythms, and discuss the Yoruba religion's inclusive cosmology and the challenges it faces in the increasingly exclusive religious landscape of contemporary Nigeria.

Public Event
 
Theme for Fall 2017: IN / EXclusion

The processes of inclusion and exclusion involve both human and natural forms of curation. Who or what gains full or partial participation, or none? At the human level, consider excommunication and ecumenicalisms, outcasts and elites, the intellectual and creative margins and accepted canons. In the physical world, a foreign body enclosed in a mass, an inert or incendiary combination of elements. In architectural design, theories and policies of walls.