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The Yoruba are one of the most populous ethnic and linguistic groups in West Africa, and they number approximately 30,000,000 in this region. Most Yoruba-speaking peoples reside in the southwestern region of what is now known as Nigeria, also bordering Togo and Benin. There are substantial diasporic Yoruba-speaking migrant communities worldwide, but particularly in large communities in the Caribbean, Europe, and North and South America. This also includes the large enslaved-descended communities that predominantly reside in, but are not limited to, Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago, Brazil, Haiti, Puerto Rico, the southern United States, and Sierra Leone.

The culture of the Yoruba peoples is significantly relevant to African heritage because it is one of the most popular expressions of African-centered spirituality in the African diaspora, ...

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