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Unformatted text preview: people give their children names about belief in divinities: Orisafemi, "the deities like me"; Ifaseyi, "Ifa (the oracle or divinity of wisdom) made this (one)"; Ogunwale, "Ogun (the Yoruba god of justice) has come home." Zulu of South Africa : a ceremony takes place about a year after the death of a parent, wherein the deceased parent becomes a "guardian spirit" and an intermediary with God. Akan : ancestorhood is seen as the natural resolution of a proper and moral human existence, the result of a long and productive life. Belief in life after death/ Yoruba: there is the existence of the spiritual realm in which the ancestors and other spirits reside. Can be gleaned from their personal names (Yetunde, "mother has returned home"; Babawale, "father has come home"), and song lines: When you get to heaven don't eat bugs, don't eat worms/Whatever they eat in heaven is what you should eat with them...
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This note was uploaded on 05/26/2011 for the course AFST 2100 taught by Professor Ojo during the Spring '10 term at University of Georgia Athens.
- Spring '10