The word ‘Lukumí’ has a long history. See historic documents and read a summary of its various interpretations in academic papers and other books.
Read about 100 Yorùbá animal names based on a Cuban Lukumí vocabulary list.
Àdùnní Olórìṣà Susanne Wenger wrote a guide for visitors to the Sacred Grove of Ọ̀ṣun Òṣogbo. Get this rare first-hand information now online!
A review of Yorùbá language courses availabe on the market today, for the Yorùbá students and olorisha worldwide.
You are looking for a good Yorùbá dictionary? Here’s a review of 21 of them, including some diaspora vocabulary books.
A semi-professional guide leading you through common problems with publishing (Orisha literature) in Yorùbá language.
Òòsùn, Ọbàtálá, Ọ̀sanyìn and Òrìṣà Oko are among the Òrìṣà that have typical iron sticks called ọ̀pá. Here's a basic description, including Cuban and Brazilian offsprings!
An interview with Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún, who works on the Text-To-Speech application of Yorùbá language and the chances this offers for millions of people.
Download the free Yorùbá Audio Course with 90 minutes of useful phrases in 22 chapters for Olorisha and cultural tourists! In English, Español or Português.
Félix Ayoh’OMIDIRE is the Director of the Institute of Cultural Studies at the University of Ilé-Ifẹ̀. He studies the Yorùbá influence in the Afro-Latin diaspora. Read an exciting interview!
Dasalu was a Yorùbá from Abẹ́òkuta sold into slavery around 1850. With returning Lukumí he could send a letter and later returned to Africa. A portrait of the Trans-Atlantic Yorùbá network.
Lisa Earl Castillo gives us unique insights on the trans-Atlantic Yorùbá network in the 19th century and Candomblé!
We met Thomas Altmann, musician, babalawo and author of Cantos Lucumi a los Orichas for an interview about Santeria, ritual music and his work dedicated to the Yoruba religion.
Stephen Hamilton shows us his fascinating comic book about Yoruba culture and how African art and thought can be used for social empowerment.
Traditional Yorùbá body language survived in the diaspora of slavery. Here is a small summary, taken from daily life in Yorùbáland in Benin and Nigeria. Anything seems familiar?
This fascinating stop-motion movie tells the Yorùbá story of the world's creation. We spoke with the directors about Afro-Brazilian culture, the “Law 10.639” and the fight against racism.
Read about the visual legacy of missionary book illustration from Yorùbáland and see how the image of Olorisha was shaped in the Western world.
Listen to a series of short educational videos on the sound of Yorùbá language, including written translations into English.
We met Adébáyọ̀ Ìbídàpọ Adégbémbọ̀, founder of Genii Games, a Nigerian company that develops apps and cartoons to promote native African languages and stories.
The Ilé Àrìrà offers cultural tours to Yorùbáland. Ọyawùnmí Àjàlá is a member of an Olórìṣà family from Òṣogbo. We spoke about traveling and Òrìṣà.
Wolfgang Denk accompanied Susanne Wenger over decades. He curated exhibitions, published about her art and became an expert on Yorùbá life and close friend of the family.
Ọlá Balógun is one of the pioneers of Nigerian and Yorùbá filmmakers. Get to know his amazing work, dedicated to traditional culture in global modern life.
Iyá Habiba de Oxum founded an Umbanda house in Europe. We spoke with her about Yoruba traditions and recent developments in this Afro-Brazilian religion.
"Trance creatively reassures the vitality of death. One ritually dies into Orisha." - About the meaning behind the body movements of popular Cuban Orisha dances, from Elegba to Oya.
This video compares the pronunciation of Lukumí and Yorùbá Orisha vocabulary, translations into English and Spanish included.
Read a summary about Afro-Cuban Yoruba identity, the role of folklore in the Communist Revolution and Orisha tourism in the Caribbean.
In the 19th century freed slaves from Brazil, Cuba and Sierra Leone returned to Nigeria. It was the birth of the Yoruba nation and identity! Read about Nago and Lukumi in Lagos.
Yoruba Orisha culture plays an important role in the religious and artistic life in Brazil. An exhibition in Rio brings together contemporary art and tradition - para ficar odara!
Nigerian linguist Kola Tubosun publishes on Yoruba culture and includes diaspora topics in his work. We spoke about Yoruba identity at home, abroad and in the world wide web.
Nathan Lugo is a practitioner of the West African Orisha tradition and has profound knowledge about the Yoruba and the diaspora. In this interview he shares his personal experiences with us.
A fully translated soundfile of praise poems for Oshun, performed by the children of Adunni Olorisha, accompanied by bata-drummers! A powerful demonstration of Yoruba art.
We had a critical talk with an artist from Oshogbo about Nigerian art movements, academic education and his inspiration rooted in Yoruba traditions.
Peg drums can be found all over Africa and the diaspora of slavery. Get to know a contemporary technique of mounting in this example of Arara/Rada drums.
A short list and review of twenty popular books about Yoruba (batá) drumming, Àyàn/Añá and Orisha singing, including some musical transcriptions.
This is an interview on Yoruba traditions with an Onishango and Babalawo from Osogbo, the town famous for the Sacred Grove of Orisha Oshun.
Adolphus Opara is a young Nigerian contemporary artist and photographer and created a stunning series on traditional Yoruba religion.
There is a lot of Orisha literature available in Spanish language. This article explains rules for a Yorùbá interpretation of Cuban Lukumí vocabulary.
Stephen Hamilton is an artist from Boston, USA. A working grant brought him to Osogbo, where he is currently studying traditional Yoruba art forms.
This is a complete tutorial how to build and mount traditional Cuban rope-tuned batá-drums from scratch, with photos, sketches and a video.
The city of Oshogbo with its river is the Yoruba hometown of Orisha Oshun. Read the story how she was discovered as told by Adunni Olorisha Susanne Wenger.
Orisha Orò is a male entity whose cult is closely connected with the political council known as Ògbóni or Òṣùgbó. Orò acts under its command and carries out the sentences.