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5 most respected and practiced aspects of 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 Igbo people; how we live our lives, how we eat our foods, what we wear on our bodies as clothes or accessories, what we are known for, the songs we sing to one another, the music we make to express ourselves, the belief system we…

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Akwamozu, the traditional funeral rite performed in Igbo land

Akwamozu, the traditional funeral rite performed in Igbo land

We - Igbos - strongly believe in life after physical death. Akwamozu is one of the ways we express that strong belief. Akwamozu can be said to be the igbo traditional funeral rite performed when an Igbo adult person dies in order to facilitate a smooth transition of the departed soul into the ethereal world…

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4 different aspects of Igbo culture that relate to procreation and their significance

4 different aspects of Igbo culture that relate to procreation and their significance

Igbo culture encompasses the way and totality of how we, Igbos, live our day-today lives. The aspects of our culture we shall look at today are those that concern childbirth. How do we view Omumu (childbirth) in Igbo land? What is Omugwo? Of what significance is Igu Aha (Child naming)? Why do male members of…

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Culture of Ibi Ugwu (circumcision) in Igbo land

Culture of Ibi Ugwu (circumcision) in Igbo land

Ibi Ugwu (male circumcision) is the removal of the foreskin covering the head of a penis. It is an ancient Igbo tradition and practice that has its origin in our traditional religious rites. Most Igbo parents have their sons circumcised for cultural reasons. In times past, we circumcised both male and female children. But these days, we,…

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The cultural beauty and dignity Igbos lost to British colonization

The cultural beauty and dignity Igbos lost to British colonization

Before the incursion of Europeans(British colonialist) into Igbo land, we naturally cultivated and practiced customs and traditions that were adapted to our own soil, our own climate and our own blood. The Igbo customs and traditions we developed helped us, at that time, to actualize our fullest potentials as a people. They were what every…

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Some Holidays And Festivals The Igbos Celebrate

Some Holidays And Festivals The Igbos Celebrate

In the Igbo culture, the Ibo people celebrate lots of different types of holidays. Some holidays include; Masquerades, Yam Festivals, and The Week of Peace. Masquerades Masquerades (Mmanwu) in the Igbo tribe, are held during festivals, annual harvest, burials, and other social gatherings. Masquerades are colorful displays of costumes and masks. Most costumes are associated…

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A list of the hottest  and most popular traditional dances in Igbo land

A list of the hottest and most popular traditional dances in Igbo land

These are some of the most popular traditional dances in Igbo land, which I implore young Igbo men and women to replicate in their various communities; The ‘Atilogwu’ (Acrobatic Dance) was an acrobatic dance that served both as entertainment but also equivalent to today’s cheerleaders in the west. The acrobatic flips, high jumps, etc kept…

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What is the Significance of Childbirth in Igboland?

What is the Significance of Childbirth in Igboland?

Among the Igbos, nothing is comparable to a childbirth. Each time an Igbo person think about marriage, what first comes to mind is childbirth. The significance of childbirth to Igbos is reflected in the kind of names Igbos give to their newborns. For example: Nwakaego means "Having a child is greater than having money," Ginikanwa means What is great…

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A look at 2 Different historical accounts about the Origin of the Igbo tribe?

A look at 2 Different historical accounts about the Origin of the Igbo tribe?

Several historians of Igbo culture have written various accounts concerning where Igbos originated from. Anyone writing an historical account of Igbo people must have facts to back it up. However, no historian can claim the historical accounts of other historians are either truthful or falsehood, because no historical account is nobler than the other. Here are two…

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Igbo Traditional Attires of the Past

Igbo Traditional Attires of the Past

Igbo Traditional Attires The Igbo traditional attire of the past generally consisted of little clothing, as the purpose of clothing originally was simply to conceal private parts, although elders were fully clothed.  Children were usually nude from birth until they reach puberty status (the time when they were considered to have something to hide), but sometimes ornaments…

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