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Field Work in the Vicinity of Ondo, Western Region (Nigeria): Ritual Performance Including Omolu (also Called Obaluaye, Soppona, or Babaluwaye), God of Smallpox and Infectious Disease

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Creator:
Turner, Lorenzo Dow 1890-1972
Subject:
Turner, Lorenzo Dow
Physical description:
1 photographic negative : b&w; 35mm
Culture:
Yoruba (African people)
Type:
Negatives
Place:
Nigeria, Ondo State, Ondo
Africa
Nigeria
Nigeria, Western
Ondo (Nigeria)
Date:
1951
Notes:
Title is provided by ACMA Archives staff based on researcher's notes.
Summary:
Turner's handwritten caption on verso of related photographic print reads, "Omò‹lu, the god of smallpox. He is dancing before a house where there is smallpox with a view to checking and curing the disease. He has consulted an oracle and been instructed to do this. A village near Ondo, Nigeria."
Additional information from Alcione M. Amos reads, "In 1951, Lorenzo Dow Turner was able to achieve his dream of visiting Africa after he received a Fulbright award. His visit to West Africa was a major adventure of interacting with the local people, presenting lectures, and again recording songs, folktales, and proverbs. Turner was initially located at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, where he lectured to appreciative audiences on topics such as Africans in the New World and the English language in America. Soon after his arrival he was extending his reach and traveling all over the country. During these excursions he often played the recordings he had made in Brazil with Yoruba speakers. His audiences in Africa were fascinated. He was further connecting the worlds of the African Diaspora through language." [Lorenzo Dow Turner: Connecting Communities through Language. Alcione M. Amos. The Black Scholar: Volume 41, No.1, Journal of Black Studies and Research (Spring 2011), pp. 4-15. Published by: the Black World Foundation and Paradigm Publishers, Boulder, Colorado]
Cite as:
Lorenzo Dow Turner papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Lois Turner Williams
Topic:
Clothing and dress
Cultural landscapes
Headdresses--headgear
Music
Musical instruments
Musicians
Rites and ceremonies
Local number:
ACMA LDT-N-R20-662
See more items in:
Sub-series 5.4.1: Research: Africa
Lorenzo Dow Turner papers, Series 5: Photographs ca 1890-1974
Lorenzo Dow Turner papers 1895-1972
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives

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