A Social‐Cultural Analysis of Celibacy among the Yoruba
Oyo Alafin's Servants as a Case Study
Practitioners of indigenous African religions do not view celibacy in a positive way because it upsets the social and religious order and the necessity to propagate the species. Celibate individuals are treated with contempt along with sterile people because they are unproductive. Among the Yoruba, celibacy is a matter of class and not religion, and celibacy is associated with the need for loyalty, trust, and protection of royal blood.
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