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The Yoruba Ifa divination is based on a system of knowledge production that seeks to provide answers to the most profound questions confronting the seeker.
Aso oke, a traditional cloth of the Yoruba, has three main designs: etu, a dark blue indigo-dyed cloth (a verse from an Ifa divination text describes it as the "father of all cloths"); sanyan, a brown cloth woven from the beige silk of the Anaphe moth; and alaari, woven from silk obtained from the Sahara.
Holbraad starts with the premise that Cuban babalawos approach Ifa divination as infallible truth in a way incommensurable with anthropologists' commonsense notions of truth as (un)falsifiable propositions.
Ifa divination makes use of an extensive corpus of texts and semiotic medium rather than on oracular powers, especially whenever an important individual or collective decision has to be made.
5) Perez Bravo markedly contrasts the images of the Orula, a wise Lucumi divinity, often regarded as the judge of all Orishas, as well as the deity of Ifa divination.
Their very complex religious system and cosmology are reflected in a display of Ifa divination objects--trays, tappers, cups, and chains--used to consult the gods on daily decisions, to find solutions to problems, or to avert misfortunes.
In keeping with this year's theme the Almanac provides informative essays on various oracle practices such as African Ifa divination and the arcane use of ribbons to discern the future which originated in Western Europe and Scotland.
Illustrating a single example, Brown's lack of familiarity with the rites of the Ifa divination cult in Cuba has led to a rather specious analysis of their ceremonial cutlass and the social history surrounding the Cuban institution of a cognate ceremony undertaken by other orisha devotees (vide "pinaldo", 408).