TABOO AS AN ASPECT OF IGALA CULTURE
abudu1968 at March 18th, 2013
TABOO AS AN ASPECT OF IGALA CULTURE.
Igala people have a very rich cultural heritage.
Taboo is an aspect of this enriched cultural values..
Taboos may be defined as practices and attitudes that are forbidden in the daily life of the people.
In Igala culture there are many taboos some of which are peculiar to certain clans while most of them cover the entire Igala race.
It must be noted that most of the taboos are being overtaken by Western civilization. Common examples of Igala taboos are: A menstruating woman should not enter the kitchen, Sexual intercourse should not be carried out in the day time, Squirrel should not come out in the day time, A woman that just delivered a baby should not come out for 14 days, Every body must wash face in the morning before greeting, A woman shall not use mensuration to insult her husband and the relatives, the list is endless.
There is urgent need to revive this very important aspect of Igala culture and tradition as failing to do so will make taboos to continue to impact negatively on our lives.
I am of the strong view that it is the abuse of these taboos that is slowing down the pace of development ,with all the attendant social vices, in Igala land.
HRH, Atta Idakwo Ameh Oboni may not be as virulent as his revered father if the taboos are not revived immediately. This is because their neglect over the years has rendered them impotent and evils hold sway.