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Pair of Ibeji, authenticated by the Department of Antiquities of Nigeria

Ibeji (known as Ibejí, Ibeyí, or Jimaguas in Latin America) is an Orisha. They are syncretized with Saints Cosmas and Damian.


While the birth rate of monozygotic twins is relatively constant worldwide, about 4 per 1000 births, that rate for dizygotic twins varies widely. The incidence of dizygotic twin births in much of Africa is significantly greater than in the United States, with the highest incidence among the Yoruba peoples of Nigeria, with a frequency of 47 per 1000 births.[1]

A pair of female ere Ibeji twin figures (early 20th-century) in the permanent collection of The Children's Museum of Indianapolis


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  1. ^ "Multiple Births". eMedicine. 2007-10-02. Retrieved 2008-09-02.