Obi: Death, Divination, and the Divine Feminine

Funlayo E. Wood-Menzies, PhD
CBSR Postdoctoral Fellow

Portrait of Funlayo Wood Menzies

Dr. Wood-Menzies' manuscript in progress, Obi: Death, Divination, and the Divine Feminine, will produce the first book-length study of the kola nut (obi) in the context of Yoruba indigenous religion, including how its divination system changed upon movement into the diaspora. The study provides new insight on a growing religious movement and also breaks theoretical ground by challenging the conception of Africana cultures as “oral” cultures and offering new terminology and frameworks through which to analyze them. Additional areas of focus include women and gender relations, indigenous knowledge and healing systems, intersections between religion and technology.

Members of a cultural troupe dances to entertain spectators during the Ojude Oba festival in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State.