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When the following piece was sent to us it attracted considerable interest. Unlike most of our articles this was not the work of a distinguished scholar shored up with all the apparatus of his discipline, it was a deeply felt and warm discussion by a young Yoruba boy of what the ibeji figures meant to him and the important part that they played in his young world. Set against the previous essay by Dr. Thompson it makes a most piquant comparison: the outer and inner visions as it were. The first essay exemplifies interpretation through intellectual analysis and study, the second that precious appreciation that rests solely upon the urgently shared cultural experience of a people. In spite of the relative youth of this contributor the essay is an intelligent and accurate presentation that adds much to our knowledge of the ibeji cult, yet adds too a note of human warmth that can only be found when a writer, no matter what his age, draws upon the richness of his personal memory.

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