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The Yoruba Culture And Its Uniqueness – All You Need To Know



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The Yoruba people are one of the ethnic groups of southwestern Nigeria and southern Benin in West Africa. The Yorubas are a distinctive people who are bound together by a common language with various different dialects. They also share a rich history and culture.
Yoruba are said to be the descendant of oduduwa the prince of mecca ,who migrated from the his ancestry town in mecca when the jihad war of prophet Mohammed started in mecca ,oduduwa was also said to be the son of lamurudu the king of mecca then.

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The interesting uniqueness of the Yorubas is the traditional aspect of marriage amongst them. 
The seeking of a potential spouse (Igba ifojusode);
Approval from the oracle-divinity (Ifa f’ore);
Release of the young woman’s voice (Isihun);
Requesting for the young woman’s hand in marriage from her family (Itoro);
Creation of the marital bond (Idana); and
Transferring the wife to the husband’s lineage (Igbeyawo)
 The origin of Yoruba languages. known as Yoruba, belongs to the Congo-Kordofanian language family. Yoruba as a language has many dialects, but most of its speakers are able to understand each other,it,s widely believe that the language of ijebu and egba people in Ogun state is quite different ,while dialect language of the ekiti, s is quite different from the ijesa people.
The Yoruba constitute over 35 million people in total with majority of this population from Nigeria. The Yorubas make up 21% of the Nigerian population,Yoruba tribe  is the second largest populated region in Nigeria ,which comprise state like ondo, Ekiti, Ogun, Osun, Oyo, Lagos and Ibadan which is one of the ancient town as recorded to be the largest city in west Africa and the second largest city in Africa after Cairo of Egypt.  
  Traditional childbirth in Yorubaland does not support anyone younger than the mother to be present at the birth.
When a child is born in a traditional Yoruba society, the infant is taken to the backyard with the umbilical cord bound tightly with thread before it is cut. The placenta is then buried in the backyard. The child is bathed with a loofah sponge and rubbed with palm oil on the placenta burial spot. Then the child is held by the feet and given three shakes to make him/her strong and brave. A naming ceremony is held after 8 days.
Yoruba drums typically belong to four major families. The Dùndún/Gángan family (the most common) imitate the sound of Yoruba speech, the Sakara family are typically played in a ceremonial role in royal settings, weddings and Oriki (praise singing). 
The Gbedu family (literally, “large drum”) is used by secret fraternities such as the Ogboni and royal courts and the Ogido is a cousin of the Gbedu, The Yoruba have legendary types of clothes from processed cotton by traditional weavers. The most basic being the Aṣo-Oke , which is a hand loomed cloth of different patterns and colors sewn into various styles.
Written by Fabiyi Tosin Babatunde
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