1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

Eniola Afolayan

BA, University of Mary Washington, 2016

My research interests focus on African Traditional Religions (ATR), specifically Yoruba Indigenous Religions, and their relationship to world religions such as Christianity and Islam. Specifically, I am interested in understanding how practitioners of these religious traditions understand themselves in relation to these seemingly more powerful counter parts as well as how Yoruba practitioners understand the Afro-Atlantic phenomena of Orisha worship that has seemingly taken off and become (and perhaps has always been) its own thing entirely. 

Specializations

African Traditional Religions, Anthropology of Religion,  Yoruba of Southwest Nigeria, Myth and Ritual, Religion and Property Rights, African diaspora, West Africa