Sculptures called ere ibeji are carved by the Yoruba primarily as memorial figures for twins. Yoruba peoples have one of the highest incidents of twin births in the world. They are believed to be capable of bestowing immense wealth upon their families or misfortune to those who do not honor them. The mother provides ritual care to the figures, bathing, dressing, adorning, and feeding them.
Culture and Traditions
In Africa, the Yoruba are contiguous with the Yoruboid Itsekiri to the southeast in the northwest Niger Delta, Bariba to the northwest in Benin and Nigeria, and the Nupe to the north, and the Ebira to the northeast in central Nigeria. To the east are the Edo, Ẹsan, and Afemai groups in mid-western Nigeria.
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Prairie View A&M University, "YORUBA Culture Of Arts West African ethnic group that mainly inhabits parts of Nigeria, Benin and Togo that constitute Yorubaland - ( Ibej Female Twin Figure)" (2022). African Sculptures and Masks. 55.