Nigerian Igbo Culture, Religion, Origin and History

The Igbo are the second largest group of people living in southern Nigeria. They are one of the three major tribes in Nigeria. They consist of many subgroups and are known to be socially and culturally diverse. Although Igbos are mostly Christians today, they have a deep and original culture.

Igbo culture includes the various customs, practices and traditions of the people. It comprises ancient practices as well as modern concepts added into the Igbo culture either through evolution or outside influences. These customs and traditions include the Igbo people’s visual art, religious beliefs, birth, maraige and death rituals, use of language, music and dance forms, as well as their attire, cuisine(food) and language dialects.

The culture of the Igbos modify the thoughts, speech, actions and artifacts of the Igbos so much that the Igbos are easily distinguished from other ethnic groups. How a culture survives depends on the peoples capacity to learn and transmit it to succeeding generations. The Igbo culture expresses itself in the customs, beliefs, war, burial, social norms, religion, racial, social and material traits of the Igbos

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The Origin Of Igba Nkwa, Traditional Igbo Festival and Celebration

Igba Nkwa, the traditional festival in celebration of the Nsude’s legendary ...
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oja flute - Igbo Traditional Musical Instruments

4 Main Igbo Traditional Musical Instruments at a Glance

Igbo traditional musical instruments are used primarily by masquerade, dance, ...
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the best Igbo traditional dance steps

Mkpokiti – Igbo traditional dance becomes greatest cultural dance in the world

The magical Mkpokiti Dance of our people has bagged the ...
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Learning Igbo alphabets

Learning Igbo alphabets from a historical perspective

Long before the incursion of Europeans into Igboland, we had ...
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Igbo family tree

Understanding the Igbo family life and structure

Family is a very important institution in the lives of ...
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Origin of the four market days in Igboland

There are four market days in the Igbo land. These ...
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The igbo traditional religion and worship

The Igbo traditional religion and worship

We, the Igbos, are known all over the world as ...
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Igbo traditional religion

Sacred places and things in Igbo traditional religion

In Igbo traditional religion, there are certain places and things ...
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Igbo culture and tradition

5 most respected and practiced aspects of Igbo culture and tradition

Igbo culture is the sum-total of what we do as ...
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Akwamozu, the traditional funeral rite performed in Igbo land

We - Igbos - strongly believe in life after physical ...
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Culture of Ibi Ugwu (circumcision) in Igbo land

Ibi Ugwu (male circumcision) is the removal of the foreskin covering ...
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