A few days ago on August 19th it was reported that Disney child star & actor Lee Thompson Young had tragically died, his death being the result of apparent suicide. Now according to a report by E! those close to Young noticed things “really changed” a few years ago when he began practicing Yorùbá, an Africa-based religion which has a saying, “iku ya j’esin”, meaning “death is preferable to ignominy.” Some have questioned whether this means that suicide is an acceptable way to preserve personal or family honor in the face of public shame.
Again!!! I need to ask when did Yoruba become a religion???
E! also goes on to report
The Famous Jett Jackson star “took [his religion] to the next level and started wearing white all of the time,” says a source, adding, “This religion was everything to him.” Although he reportedly took a break from practicing Yorùbá, he recently returned to the religion. Just before his death, he visited a small village in Africa for something reportedly related to the religion.
It’s sad that this Lee Thompson took his own life at the age of 29, and I pray he finds peace.
Yoruba people have a wide variety of traditional beliefs, i.e. Sango and other divinities, but since when did Yoruba become a religion?
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