Frisvold, a prolific writer on African diaspora traditions, takes a rich deep dive into the Yoruba-based tradition of Ifá, going in depth into key concepts, metaphysics and deities, including: Obàtálá, Ònilé, Sàngó, Ògún, Oya, Òsányìn, Yemoja, Èsù, àse (power), egúngún (ancestry), ìwà (character), and orí (head / consciousness / daimon). This work will be of interest to readers who are researching (and working in) Quimbanda, Palo, Santeria, Vodou and other African diaspora religions. One of the standout features of the book is the way in which it makes clear that the ethical, spiritual and interconnected morality are all propounded by Ifá - being of good character and developing good relations are core to attaining its magic and power.


London: Scarlet Imprint, 2016. Hardback, 368 pages. New.



Ifá (HB) - Nicolaj de Mattos Frisvold