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7 Cultural Taboos (Abomination) in Yorubaland

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Check out the cultural beliefs of yoruba people… Taboos in yorubaland… It is an abomination in yorubaland to engage in the following acts listed.

The Yoruba’s are one of the most popular ethnic group in Africa, they are majorly found in the southwestern part of Nigeria and also found in Benin and northern Togo.

Every ethnic group is guided by culture and tradition, most of these cultural practices were introduced by the founding fathers of these ethnic groups and are meant to regulate the moral order of the society.

These taboos came to be by people who secernate that certain things were normally approved or disapproved by the deity.

The Yoruba has a lot of cultural practices which are so valued despite the westernization by white colonist.

In Yoruba land they are acts which are considered abominable with great consequences that follow the defaulters.

Here are the 7 acts that are considered taboo in Yoruba culture and traditions

1. A Baby Falling From its Mothers Back.

abomination in Yorubaland

In Yoruba land it is an abomination for a strapped baby to falls from its mothers back.

It is believed that if a male child falls from his mother’s back he will definitely lose his wife when he gets married and if a female child falls from her mother’s back her lover will surely die on top of her when she grows up.

So if by chance a baby falls from its mothers back, the mother must perform some atonement sacrifice to avert such misfortune for the child when he or she grows up

2. Whistling at Night.

Whistling at night is considered a taboo in Yoruba land because it is believed to attract Demons and evil spirits also they believe Whistling at night attracts reptiles and other dangerous animals.

Therefore folks in Yoruba are prohibited from Whistling at night.

3. The Royal crown

The king must not peer inside the royal crown. Under no circumstance should a king gaze inside the royal crown, the day he does so, is the day he joins his ancestors. The king is allowed to peer inside the royal crown if they insist on committing suicide.

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4. Committing Suicide

Taking your life is condemnable and considered is a serious abomination in Yorubaland. When such abomination is committed the body is not buried unless some sacred sacrifice is performed to appease the gods. 

If the sacrifice is not the body of such individuals will be dashed into the evil forest or outside the town to avoid invoking the wrath of the gods on the land. The family of an individual that commits suicide will be tainted forever in the community.

5. Gay Marriage 

Gay marriage is forbidden in Yorubaland. Westerners may have legalized Gay marriage and still pushing for it to be legalized in most African countries but it remains an abomination in Yoruba culture

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6. Mimicking the Sound of a Masquerade

7 Cultural Taboos (Abomination) in Yorubaland

Mimicking the sound of masquerades without wearing his costume is an abomination in yorubaland. When you violate this rule, you will be kidnapped by Egungun.

Egungun is one of the traditional deities in Yoruba land. The taboo was put in place so that people will have respect for Egungun as a deity because whoever being kidnapped by the Egungun spirit will never be seen again.

7. Adultery

In Yoruba culture it is a taboo for a married woman to have an extramarital affair. If the husband suspects that his wife is engaging in such an act he will entwine her with Magun.

Magun is used on adulterers and most times the outcome is not palatable as the offender could lose his/her life.

The Magun is placed on a woman or man without her being aware of it either by her husband or his family. If she commits adultery, her lover could end up losing his life or getting stuck while in the act.


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