Emmanuel Ofuasia

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Emmanuel Ofuasia is a doctoral student in the Philosophy Department at Lagos State University. He received a grant for “Animal Sacrifice in Traditional African Religion.” This research examines the propriety of animal sacrifice in the West African religion of Ifá, exploring the grounds upon which non-human animals can be used as sacrificial victims to appease some deities and forces—whether natural or non-natural—for the good of humans. He writes,

Following the establishment that there is a fundamental discord between the interest of non-human animals and the ways the practitioners of traditional African religion uphold the integrity and beliefs of their religious pronouncements, this research aims to engage in a field work. Using Ifá religion as my foil, my research wishes to inquire into the extent to which the use of non-human animals for sacrifice is relevant in the jet age.