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Notes on the Geography of Nigeria: Oshogbo: Photo 21

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Here's Iya-Mapo, the orisha who protects the business of women. She is the inventor of pottery, for example, which is why small shrines to her are found in many if not most Yoruba pottery workshops. Here, in a representation made by Wenger and Adebisi Akanji in 2008, the goddess faces heaven. One pair of arms is here to receive fertility, another to dispense it. The third pair is in the fist-over-fist gesture of the Ogboni, a Yoruba secret society. Naturally, I can't tell you anything about it.

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