Children of Blood and Bone

Children of Blood and Bone

by

Tomi Adeyemi

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The language spoken by divîners, which Saran has outlawed as part of his campaign to keep divîners weak, powerless, and afraid. Yoruba holds special significance because it is the language that divîners use to do magic and pray to the gods.

Yoruba Quotes in Children of Blood and Bone

The Children of Blood and Bone quotes below are all either spoken by Yoruba or refer to Yoruba. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Henry Holt and Co. edition of Children of Blood and Bone published in 2018.
Chapter Fifty-Six Quotes

The children of Orïsha dance like there’s no tomorrow, each step praising the gods. Their mouths glorify the rapture of liberation, their hearts sing the Yoruba songs of freedom. My ears dance at the words of my language, words I once thought I’d never hear outside my head. They seem to light up the air with their delight. It’s like the whole world can breathe again.

Related Characters: Zélie (speaker)
Page Number: 377
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Yoruba Term Timeline in Children of Blood and Bone

The timeline below shows where the term Yoruba appears in Children of Blood and Bone. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Nine
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Mama Agba says some words in Yoruba, the language  the maji use to communicate with the gods. Since the Raid, everyone has... (full context)