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Igbo Religious Beliefs

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Igbo Religious Beliefs

The Igbo tribe, is located in the eastern part of Nigerian, with the population around 32 million, which is about 25% of the total Nigeria population and has ranked 3rd as the largest ethnic group in Nigeria. Igbos have a religious belief which make them unique among other tribe in nigeria.

igbo men
igbo men on traditional regalia

With strong traditional practices among Ndi Igbo, it took Christian missionary more effort to convert the Igbo than other tribes. The Igbos belief in the almighty Chi (Supreme being)

I will be taking a comprehensive walk to the Igbo traditional religion beliefs which include

The Supreme being

The belief in a creator God (Chukwu or Chineke): The Supreme being is in charge of other gods and deities, controlling the world and ruling over the heavens.

igbo ikenga god
igbo ikenga god

Earth goddess

The belief on the earth goddess (Ala): In Igbo belief, if a person should commit a taboo or an abominable act on the land, the person will face with the earth goddess. Karma is another word used to identify the earth goddess.

Numerous deities

Igbo Religious Beliefs includes the belief that there are numerous other deities and spirits: In the olden Igbo tradition, each household has its god that they sacrifice to, which they believe will help them in their daily lives.

Ancestral protection

The belief in ancestors who protect their living descendants. Igbo Religious Beliefs encompasses the fact that their Deceased ancestors live in the spirit world where they can be contacted during the time of need. The revelation of the will of the deities is sought by divination and oracles. Many Igbo are now Christians, some practicing a syncretic version of Christianity intermingled with indigenous beliefs.

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