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An investigation into the ancient Egyptian cultural influences on the Yorubas of Nigeria

Jock M. Agai
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 69, No 1 | a1919 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v69i1.1919 | © 2013 Jock M. Agai | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 10 January 2013 | Published: 02 July 2013

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Jock M. Agai, School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics, College of Humanities, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa


There are many cultural practices that connect ancient Egyptians to the Yorubas and the new interpretation of the Oduduwa legend suggests that the Yorubas have originated or are influenced mainly by the Egyptians. The attestation of Egypt as the main influencer of the Yoruba culture made Egypt significant in the study of the history of the Yoruba people. Some writers are beginning to think that the ancient Egyptians were responsible for introducing and spreading many cultures amongst the Yorubas. As more Yorubas are tracing their origins and the origins of their culture to ancient Egypt, this research investigates whether the Egyptians were the originators and the main spreaders of the afterlife culture in Yorubaland.


archaeological evidence; early humans; Etruscan; Oduduwa; Yorubaland


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