The Supreme Being, Divinities and Ancestors in Igbo Traditional Religion: Evidence from Otanchara and Otanzu

One of the problems with most of the existing studies of Igbo traditional religion is the tendency to generalise for the whole of Igboland on the basis of evidence which is valid for some Igbo areas only. To understand the diversity of Igbo religious beliefs and practices there is an imperative need for the study of the religious systems of specific Igbo communities. The present article is an effort in this direction. Using evidence from the Otanchara and Otanzu communities, the author discusses the ideas held on the Supreme Being, divinities and ancestors, and examines the relationship between them and its implications in the material world. Map, notes, ref., sum. in French.

Title: The Supreme Being, Divinities and Ancestors in Igbo Traditional Religion: Evidence from Otanchara and Otanzu
Author: Ubah, C.N.
Year: 1982
Periodical: Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Volume: 52
Issue: 2
Pages: 90-105
Language: English
Geographic term: Nigeria
External links: https://www.jstor.org/stable/1159143
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Abstract: One of the problems with most of the existing studies of Igbo traditional religion is the tendency to generalise for the whole of Igboland on the basis of evidence which is valid for some Igbo areas only. To understand the diversity of Igbo religious beliefs and practices there is an imperative need for the study of the religious systems of specific Igbo communities. The present article is an effort in this direction. Using evidence from the Otanchara and Otanzu communities, the author discusses the ideas held on the Supreme Being, divinities and ancestors, and examines the relationship between them and its implications in the material world. Map, notes, ref., sum. in French.