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Cultura International Journal of Philosophy of Culture and Axiology

Volume 11, Issue 1, 2014

Cyril-Mary P. Olatunji, Olugbenga O. Alabi
Pages 99-112
DOI: 10.5840/cultura20141116

A Philosophical Comparison of John 1:1-18 and the Yoruba Concept of ÒrÒ

The concept of ÒrÒ among the Yoruba people in Nigeria has a lot in common with the biblical concept of Λoγos. This paper explores Λoγos as derived from Greek Logos translated as Word into English, and its parallelisms with ÒrÒ a fêted concept among the Yoruba. The paper provides evidence that both concepts are related to exoteric functions within their distinct cultural communities. Finally, the paper opens these issues to the possibilities of cross-cultural research and semiotics.

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