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Yoruba Peoples

Yoruba Peoples

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YORUBA-SPEAKING PEOPLES
OF THE
SLAVE COAST OF WEST AFRICA
THEIRRELIGION, MANNERS, CUSTOMS, LAWS., LANGUAGE, ETC.BY
A. B. ELLIS
1894
 
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 Note: Chapters X, XI, XII and the Appendix have been omitted from this etext. We will be adding this material at some point in the future.
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CONTENTS.
CHAPTER I. INTRODUCTORYCHAPTER II. CHIEF GODSCHAPTER III. MINOR GODSCHAPTER IV. REMARKS ON THE FOREGOINGCHAPTER V. PRIESTS AND WORSHIPCHAPTER VI. EGUNGUN, ORO, ABIKU, AND VARIOUS SUPERSTITIONSCHAPTER VII. THE INDWELLING SPIRITS AND SOULS OF MENCHAPTER VIII. MEASUREMENTS OF TIMECHAPTER IX. CEREMONIES AT BIRTH, MARRIAGE, AND DEATHCHAPTER X. SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENTCHAPTER XI. LAWS AND CUSTOMSCHAPTER XII. LANGUAGECHAPTER XIII. PROVERBSCHAPTER XIV. FOLK-LORE TALES
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CHAPTER XV. CONCLUSIONAPPENDIX 
THE YORUBA-SPEAKING PEOPLES
OF THE
SLAVE COAST OF WEST AFRICA.
CHAPTER I.
INTRODUCTORY.
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THE portion of the West African coast occupied by the Yoruba-speaking peoples is situated in theeastern half of the Slave Coast, and lies between Badagry, on the west, and the Benin River, on the east.The extent of sea-board held by them is thus smaller than that occupied either by the Tshi or by the Ewetribes; but the Yorubas are really an inland people, and it was not until the beginning of the presentcentury that they moved to the south and colonised Lagos and the adjacent littoral.The territory now inhabited by the Yoruba tribes is bounded on the west by Dahomi, on the south-westby Porto Novo and Appa, on the south by the sea, on the east by Benin, and on the north by theMohammedan tribes from the interior, who have within recent times conquered and annexed the Yorubaprovince of Ilorin, and whose territory may now be said to extend southward to about 8º 30' N. latitude.The aggressions of these Mohammedan tribes commenced very early in the present century, and it wasno doubt this pressure from the north that caused the Yorubas to move to the south and colonise theseaboard.Yoruba country at present comprises the following states, or political units:--(1) The British colony of Lagos, which covers the whole sea-front between the meridian of the AjarraCreek and the Benin River, and has absorbed the former native kingdoms of Appa, Pokra, Badagry,Lagos, Palma, Lekki, Ala, hin, Ogbo, and Jakri.
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