Februar 2012



Samstag 18.02.2012 16:00 | Seminarraum 1

Eintritt: Frei

Veranstalter/-in: Werkstatt der Kulturen


I work from within a culture I love

I love and deeply respect the people observed. They are my family, scattered in different places in Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas. We cannot be separated by distance nor by terms such as Nago and Lucumi. We are connected by a common mother tongue, one intangible heritage we share. Let me share some secrets with you!
I have heard relatives say »we are the third generation of Western style doctors«. This leads me to believe; my ancestors were traditional doctors who converted to Western medecine at the same time they turned to Christ. Before the missionaries came, healers doubled as Ifa priests and priestesses, Babalawo ati Iyalawo - diviners. We did not separate the body from the mind from the spirit, our therapeutic approach was holistic and indeed very efficient. Through Ifa, the deities are consulted, sickness as well as illness are healed and
sometimes black magic is performed.
The Ifa divination corpus, when properly used restablishes balance, be it between the spirits of the departed and the living or opposing parties at war. We are all children of Oduduwa, awon omon Oduduwa, awon elegbe Yoruba; we therefore share the same breath of life.
I quote Juana Elbein dos Santos: »the highest aspirations of the Yoruba are alafia, owo, omon ati aiku (peace, wealth, descendants and immortality)«. Oluwa lon pese!

Olufunmilayo Kogbe was born in Ile-Ife, the cradle of the Yoruba. She graduated from the University of Paris VII with a Masters in Ethnology. Her approach is to observe and describe a culture from inside out.