New Exhibit: Sacred Arts of Orisha Traditions

Please join us on Monday, September 18, at 4 pm, in the Murray Room, 5th Floor, Lauinger Library.

Talk with Professor Joseph Murphy.

New library exhibition in the Special Collections Gallery: 


Sacred Arts of Orisha Traditions -

July 5, 2017

September 30, 2017


"Orisha religions are a world-wide network of spiritual traditions originating among the Yoruba people of Nigeria and spread across the Americas by enslaved Yoruba men and women in the nineteenth century. Orishas themselves are spiritual powers associated with royal lineages, forces of nature, and, often, the saints of popular Catholicism.

Sacred Arts of Orisha Traditions features objects collected over nearly forty years by Joseph M. Murphy, the Paul and Chandler Tagliabue Distinguished Professor of Interfaith Studies and Dialogue. For devotees of Orisha religions, these items represent and invoke sacred powers as emblems of particular Orishas. They illustrate the religious pluralism which is a distinctive and creative feature of many Orisha religions.

The creativity revealed by these objects reflects the diversity of the Catholic experience and its embrace of dialogue among religious traditions."

Monday, September 18, 2017 at 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Joseph Mark Lauinger Memorial Library, Murray room
37th and O St., N.W., Washington

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Students, Faculty/Staff, Public


Georgetown College, Theology




Joseph Murphy

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Nelise Jeffrey

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