A Historical Analysis of Igbe-Ame Religion: The Cult of the Water Divinity in Urhoboland
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Religion is a vital aspect of man‟s life and this has given rise to various new religious movement springing up every day from both the indigenous traditional religion and the orthodox or foreign religions such as Christianity and Islam. The word Igbe is a general name used in classifying all religious sects that use white attire as their costumes in Urhobo land. These religious sects appeared on the historical scene in the 19th century when there was a wide spread of indigenous religious revival in Nigeria. Thus there are, Igbe-Orhen or Igbe Ubiesha, Igbe –Uku or Oghene-Uku and Igbe- Ame. The objective of this paper is to establish the claim that Igbe Ame like all religions sprang out of encounter with the Numinous.
This study is anchored on the Revelation theory by Rudolf Otto which says that all religions start with experience and expression. Various scholars have written on origin of Igbe religious sects, but no study has been carried out on the historical origin of Igbe-Ame, as revitalization indigenous religious movement within Urhobo Traditional Religion. The work is a qualitative, narrative, descriptive and contextual research on Igbe-Ame, a religious sect founded in Urhobo land based on the experience and expression of the founder.
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Philo U. Ofuafo