MINERALS AND RELIGION.
- Aboru Aboye Gbogbo Awo,
Religion has had a pervading influence on human life since Man began to grapple with the problems posed by his enviroment and to confront the awesome issues of life and death. All religions have used rocks, stones, and minerals as symbols of human religious belief. These are shown in the form of amulets, rings, crucifixes, terrcottas, stones, and pendants. Christians have used crucifixes, rings, and pendants which are made of Gold, Silver, Bronze, Copper and Rock crystal and are studded with gemstones. Muslims rever the meteorite in Mecca (Kaaba) as extraterrestial and therefore 'sent by Allah'.
The innermost religious feelings of Africans are expressed in art form such as terracottas, bronze statutes, pendants, rings and beads. Terrecottas tend to emphasize the universal truism that man is moulded from clays . Indeed virtually all religions in all races believe that man is made of clay. The scriptures of several religions ( Koran, Hindu, Tora, Bible, Ifa, Buddha, Tao, Shinto etc.) refer to this in their texts. In Ifa, for instance, (Ogbe-yonu: 24:04), it is revealed that the moulding of the human form is done in the abode of Orisa-nla after which Olodumare breathes life in to it. The human head (ORI) in particular is moulded, using the plastic clay by Ajalamo ( the great moulder of the Head). This perhaps explains why the lame and the hunchback are regarded more or less as "factory faults" in Ifa religion. Ogbo ato asure Iwori-wofun.
IJO ORUNMILA ATORISE (AGBALA-IFA)
APATA, IBADAN, NIGERIA.
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