The Coptic origins of the Yoruba

Theologia Viatorum

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Title The Coptic origins of the Yoruba
Creator Jock, Agai M.
Subject — Africa; Ancient Near East; Copts; Egypt; Nubia; South-West Nigeria; Yorubaland
Description The theory according to which the Yoruba ancestors were Coptic Christians seemed unpopular amongst many Yoruba people despite the fact that the theory was proposed by the most revered Yoruba historian, Samuel Johnson. The aims of this research are firstly, to study Johnson’s Coptic theory of the Yoruba origins and secondly, to highlight the circumstances that might have informed him to associate the Yoruba people with the Coptic Church. This research is achieved through a historical study of a possible interaction between certain ethnic groups in Nigeria and the Coptic Church, and through a comparative study of Church liturgies amongst the Copts and those of the Yoruba traditional churches. The researcher explained that Johnson’s Christian background influenced his narrative of connecting the Yoruba origins with the Copts. The researcher is of the opinion that there is no evidence provided by Johnson according to which the Yoruba people originated from the Copts.
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
Date 2021-10-18
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Historical Inquiry
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/tv.v45i1.124
Source Theologia Viatorum; Vol 45, No 1 (2021); 8 pages 2664-2980 0378-4142
Language eng
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