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Notes on the Geography of Nigeria: Oshogbo: Photo 23

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Here's Ela. Beier has written that the Yoruba “want to be a link in the organism of the universe.” Prayer is a means to that end, and Ela is the orisha who facilitates that prayer. Reaching toward heaven, he stands on tiptoes in this representation completed by Wenger and Adebisi in 2000. The sacrificial vessels at his feet are for offerings made by worshippers.

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