The Socio-Religious and Economic Implications of Odo Cult in Igbo Land: The Nsukka Example
Published: May 8, 2017
Uploaded by: Eze Samuel Chukwukadibia
The Igbo traditional society has masquerading as part of her culture. This has serious effects on their socio-religious and economic lives. Masquerade is generally called ‘mmonwu, ma or muo’ by the Igbo. It is believed to be the physical manifestation of spirits from the ancestral world. It represents the forces of nature and the ancestors that emerge at ceremonial period to grace the occasion and endorses it. Masquerade is a sensory display or manifestation that activates the presence of the mystic being, ancestors. Therefore masquerade is the spirit of the ancestors that has come back to the earth. Masquerade is the servant and messenger of the gods and that is why it is always given all kinds of respect and honour whenever it comes out to perform. It is against this background that the socio-religious and economic implications of Odo cult on Nsukka land will be discussed. The activities and crisis of Odo cult as has been the experience in Nsukka were also discussed. The masking, initiation rite, taboos and the lexicography of Odo cult were also studied. Thus, the research also underscores the socio-Religious and Economic implications of Odo cult in Nsukka land.