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Celibacy and Religious Traditions$
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Carl Olson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195306316

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306316.001.0001

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 A Social‐Cultural Analysis of Celibacy among the Yoruba

 A Social‐Cultural Analysis of Celibacy among the Yoruba

Oyo Alafin's Servants as a Case Study

(p.275) 15 A Social‐Cultural Analysis of Celibacy among the Yoruba
Celibacy and Religious Traditions

Oyeronke Olajubu

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   Yoruba, social, sterile, royal, Oyo Alafin

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