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‘Kukurúùkúù’: ecospiritual implications of the sounds of the cockcrow in Yoruba rural dwellings

Ibukunolu Isaac Olodude*email-imageIbukunolu Isaac Olodude*

Ibukunolu Isaac Olodude is a Lecturer in the Department of Linguistics and African Languages, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, with research interests in sociolinguistics, religion and language, and environmental linguistics (Ecolinguistics). He is a member of the West African Linguistic Society (WALS) and the African Association for the Study of Religions (AASR). He participated in the British Academy-sponsored African Ecologies Workshop held in July 2023 at the British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA), Nairobi, Kenya.

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Abstract

This article examines the sound of the cockcrow in Yoruba rural spaces, phonically represented as ‘kukurúùkúù’, with a particular focus on the ecological and spiritual implications. The study highlights the timing functions of the cockcrow which have endured over the years in Yoruba rural societies, thereby foregrounding the interlinking between human and nonhuman forms of life among the Yoruba in Nigeria. Utilising an ethnographic approach through participant observation and key informant interviews conducted with selected Ifá priests, this study engages in a hermeneutic exploration of the Yoruba indigenous religion and literary genres to demonstrate the importance of the cockcrow, time, and nature in traditional Yoruba life and the implications for healthy cohabiting of human and nonhuman forms under conditions of environmental degradation. (This article is published in the thematic collection ‘African ecologies: literary, cultural and religious perspectives’, edited by Adriaan van Klinken, Simon Manda, Damaris Parsitau and Abel Ugba.)

Keywords

cockcrowtiming functionsYoruba rural societiesenvironmental degradationYoruba indigenous religion
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Published on: 22 May 2024
Volume: 12
Issue: Issue 1 & 2
Article ID: a18
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Olodude (2024), ' ‘Kukurúùkúù’: ecospiritual implications of the sounds of the cockcrow in Yoruba rural dwellings ', Journal of the British Academy, 12(Issue 1 & 2): a18 https://doi.org/10.5871/jba/012.a18

Thematic article

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‘Kukurúùkúù’: ecospiritual implications of the sounds of the cockcrow in Yoruba rural dwellings

Ibukunolu Isaac Olodude*email-imageIbukunolu Isaac Olodude*

Ibukunolu Isaac Olodude is a Lecturer in the Department of Linguistics and African Languages, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, with research interests in sociolinguistics, religion and language, and environmental linguistics (Ecolinguistics). He is a member of the West African Linguistic Society (WALS) and the African Association for the Study of Religions (AASR). He participated in the British Academy-sponsored African Ecologies Workshop held in July 2023 at the British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA), Nairobi, Kenya.

email-image ibkolodude@oauife.edu.ng