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The Socio - Religious Significance of Obi (Kola Nut) among the Igala People of Kogi State

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Author(s): Imhoghıemhe John (Rev.Fr.) Iyere

Journal: Cross-cultural Communication
ISSN 1712-8358

Volume: 7;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 199;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Socio – Religious | Kola nut | Igala | Socio – Religieux | la noix de kola | Igala

ABSTRACT
This paper focuses on the socio- religious significance of obi ( kola nut) among the Igala people of Kogi State, Nigeria. Obi is a significant item that is often eaten in socio-religious gatherings. Without it no traditional marriage can be celebrated in Igala-land. Its breaking and eating symbolize unity, peace, love and acceptance under the protective eyes of Ọjọchamachala (God) and Ibegwu (Ancestors). Suggestions are therefore made to make its socio-religious and socio-cultural importance global. Key words: Socio – Religious; Kola nut; Igala Resumé: Ce document se concentre sur la signification socio-religieuse de l'obi (la noix de kola) parmi les gens Igala dans l'état de Kogi, au Nigéria. L'obi est un élément important qui est souvent consommé lors des rassemblements socio-religieux. Aucun mariage traditionnel ne peut être célébré dans la région d'Igala sans ce fruit. Le briser et le manger symbolisent l'unité, la paix, l'amour et l'acceptation sous les yeux protecteurs des Ọjọchamachala (Dieu) et Ibegwu (ancêtres). Des suggestions sont donc faites pour lui rendre son importance socio-religieuse et socio-culturelle globale. Mots-clés: Socio – Religieux; la noix de kola; Igala
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