Taboo in Igbo Culture is something declared forbidden either for its sacred nature or to protect the people of a given community from the wrath of the gods and the leaders.
A taboo is a part of any culture in Africa and other parts of the world – largely because it brings a sense of sanity and reverence to certain things in the community.
We shall be examining 10 taboos or things you shouldn’t do in Igboland or eastern Nigeria and see how these impact the general lives of the people living in these areas.
1….KILLING /EATING OF THE EKE (PYTHON )
…. Pythons are generally sacred in Igboland and in Delta State, and must not be killed or eaten. Pythons are believed to be the reincarnation of ancestors, and regarded as “our father.” Killing a python is like killing one’s own father, and apart from drawing the ire of the whole community, it could also draw the ire of the gods. Mistakenly killing or catching a python in one’s trap requires that the animal be buried with all the lamentations of a deceased human being. Quails, snails, dogs, and some other animals are also not eaten in certain parts.
2… COMMITTING ADULTERY IS TABOO
…. Fornication is nothing in Igboland – meaning that it does not draw the cultural ire of the gods, even though elders forbid that youths engage in premarital sex. But it is much worse if a married woman engages in adultery, and both the elders of the land and the gods forbid this. It is believed that a woman can become mad or lunatic for adultery, and a man must never taste the food prepared by his wife if he has reasons to believe she engaged in adultery – or he might be a partaker of her punishment from the gods
3…. SUICIDE OR KILLING OF ONESELF
….Killing oneself or committing suicide is a taboo in Igboland, and so much frowned upon by both man and gods that the victim of suicide must never be buried within the community. His body is cursed and must never be buried in the land, but in the Forbidden Forest or outside the town to prevent such evils from befalling others in the community.
4…A WOMAN BLESSING THE KOLANUT
…. Kolanut is considered a sacred nut in Igboland and in Delta State, and must never be broken or shared by a woman. A kolanut must only be broken, blessed, and shared by a man because “he that giveth kola, giveth life,” but never by a woman because it is a life-giving nut of the gods.
………. It is a taboo to have sexual relations with one’s blood relations or with sisters from the same parents. This is frowned upon by everyone in the community and must never be attempted by anyone or blindness, deafness, poverty or death might result as consequences according to the elders of the land…
What do you think about our culture and tradition?
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