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What Are Cultural Taboos In Your Village Or Area by pendusky(m): 10:24pm On Dec 02, 2013
Nigeria has a lot of cultural and traditional beliefs and taboos. Some are actively practiced while others are dormant and are not necessarily practiced presently.

•For example in the Ibibio tribe using the left hand actively is a form of insult and seen as a form of negativity ,such as using the left hand to give or accept something and even using the left hand to eat.

• In the past, Ladies esp the pregnant women were not allow to look into Masquerade in the face otherwise she will born a baby that resembles Masquerade. but now adays U will find ladies taking a photo shot with the Masquerade grin grin

The taboos are not the same, they vary in ethnicity. Here are some examples:


•In the Eke-Idemilli area of the Ibo land, its a taboo to kill any form of snake.

•The Awka people do not allow the killing on their monkeys, although this is not widely practiced in ibo land generally.

•Suicide in some parts of ibo land also is a taboo, and the family would be the ones to pay the penalty if anyone commits suicide.


•In some areas of Idoma land, when the king dies, its a taboo to mourn at the funeral.

•In some parts of Yoruba land , its a taboo for pregnant women to go near a corpse.

•In some parts of Benin, displaying palm fruits in public is a taboo , rumors have it that one could even loose his or her head.

•Some parts of igbo land forbids eating of yam in the month of August.

•In some parts of Urhobo Delta State, cutting of fire wood at night when the moon is full is forbidden, rumors have it that such a person could become a statue.

All these myths are just a traditional mans theory to find some meaning to existence. A scientist would call it typical hypothesis that can never be proved. This must have been created when man had total fear of the unknown and still tried to understand the universe.

Share any cultural taboo you know about in Nigeria here;

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Re: What Are Cultural Taboos In Your Village Or Area by Adeoba10(m): 10:39pm On Dec 02, 2013
In my village, it is a taboo to make night call with MTN

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Re: What Are Cultural Taboos In Your Village Or Area by pendusky(m): 10:42pm On Dec 02, 2013
Adeoba10: In my village, it is a taboo to make night call with MTN
grin grin abeg which village?

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Re: What Are Cultural Taboos In Your Village Or Area by Nobody: 11:10pm On Dec 02, 2013
I heard its a taboo in ikwerre land to have s.ex on the floor.

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Re: What Are Cultural Taboos In Your Village Or Area by oboy3(m): 7:43am On Dec 03, 2013
pendusky: •In the Eke-Idemilli area of the Ibo land, its
a taboo to kill any form of snake.
idemili people kill any type of snake except python

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Re: What Are Cultural Taboos In Your Village Or Area by pendusky(m): 8:06am On Dec 03, 2013
o'boy:
idemili people kill any type of snake except python
is that right? why python? is it their gods?
Re: What Are Cultural Taboos In Your Village Or Area by oboy3(m): 8:14am On Dec 03, 2013
pendusky:
is that right? why python? is it their gods?
in the olden days,it was seen as the messenger of the gods,whenever it came to somebody house,they believe it brought message from the gods,my dad once told me that in those days whenevr a child is born the python come visiting and goes away after
but all these dont happen no more

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Re: What Are Cultural Taboos In Your Village Or Area by pendusky(m): 8:26am On Dec 03, 2013
o'boy:
in the olden days,it was seen as the messenger of the gods,whenever it came to somebody house,they believe it brought message from the gods,my dad once told me that in those days whenevr a child is born the python come visiting and goes away after
but all these dont happen no more
grin cheesy cheesy noted so killing python is a cultural taboo in your area, thats good to know
Re: What Are Cultural Taboos In Your Village Or Area by bintalabi(f): 9:15pm On Dec 03, 2013
Funny taboo Here in yoruba land

Do not sit or eat at the entrance of a room or house, else d jinn will dine with you
Dont eat a particular food at night because itz the eleye things
Do not walk when counting the stars
Pregnant women shouldnt visit the stream at 1:00 pm cos itz ogbanje meeting time
Do not look at your spouse in the eye while cohabit else you'd give birth to a shameless baby

Ati be be lo
Etc etc etc etc

Anyways, yoruba taboos are mostly for preventive measures

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Re: What Are Cultural Taboos In Your Village Or Area by Adesam09(m): 10:06pm On Dec 03, 2013
It's a taboo in my village to buy a new java phone...


Na computer village sha & na updated taboo be dat

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Re: What Are Cultural Taboos In Your Village Or Area by pendusky(m): 10:30pm On Dec 03, 2013
bintalabi: Funny taboo Here in yoruba land

Do not sit or eat at the entrance of a room or house, else d jinn will dine with you
Dont eat a particular food at night because itz the eleye things
Do not walk when counting the stars
Pregnant women shouldnt visit the stream at 1:00 pm cos itz ogbanje meeting time
Do not look at your spouse in the eye while cohabit else you'd give birth to a shameless baby

Ati be be lo
Etc etc etc etc

Anyways, yoruba taboos are mostly for preventive measures

thanks for sharing...
Re: What Are Cultural Taboos In Your Village Or Area by TabletMan: 11:20pm On Dec 03, 2013
Hey mr op, modify that ur ibo to igbo, and modify that ur akwa to awka... Awka people don't eat or kill monkey because it is the messenger of the gods. If u go to obi imo awka shrine, u will see some monkeys there. They use it whenever they want to celebrate their imo awka festival. And once again modify that ur Eke-idemili by removing the Eke in it. Eke means python, ƧƟ people call their python eke-idemili which means idemili python( idemili is a town at anambra state)










Op I will contribute more to ur story if u modify ur post

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Re: What Are Cultural Taboos In Your Village Or Area by Kingslaw(m): 11:25pm On Dec 03, 2013
ngozievergreen: I heard its a taboo in ikwerre land to have s.ex on the floor.
which part of ikwerre is that? And what are the reasons for this?
Re: What Are Cultural Taboos In Your Village Or Area by Kingslaw(m): 11:28pm On Dec 03, 2013
I will modify after.
Re: What Are Cultural Taboos In Your Village Or Area by TabletMan: 1:11am On Dec 04, 2013
Kingslaw: I will modify after.
Are u pendusky?
Re: What Are Cultural Taboos In Your Village Or Area by dazekid(m): 1:21am On Dec 04, 2013
"do not spend all your money in one place"
Re: What Are Cultural Taboos In Your Village Or Area by Nobody: 1:23am On Dec 04, 2013
In the Idemili area of Anambra state, killing pythons is a taboo. Apparently, if you kill one one, you have to bury it in the manner a human is buried, with a coffin, grave and all that. Crazy crazy crazy stuff.
Re: What Are Cultural Taboos In Your Village Or Area by Nobody: 1:31am On Dec 04, 2013
In my area,its a taboo to whistle,custom says it attracts snakes.

In Ekiti,where I did my NYSC,its a taboo to sleep on the reverse side of the mat.

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Re: What Are Cultural Taboos In Your Village Or Area by Mubby4luv(m): 1:34am On Dec 04, 2013
I will comment On topic later. Meanwhile it's a taboo to comment on this post after midnight
Re: What Are Cultural Taboos In Your Village Or Area by MsNas(f): 1:34am On Dec 04, 2013
There's a masquerade in Ibadan, Oloolu, it is said that women are not allowed to see this masquerade...any woman that does this will be drained of her blood instantly grin

Rumor has it that a childless woman deliberately crossed his path one year seeking to die cos she is childless but irrespective of that the thing took pity on her and gave her a baby. I dunno the authencity of the rumor though But I know for sure women are not allowed to see it, ever. You see women running Helter Skelter trying to escape it's path.

Kai, Ibadan oo grin grin
Some people will tell you it's a taboo for you to cross over people's outstretched legs or people to cross over your outstretched legs because the person on whose legs were crossed over will have babies that look like the person who crossed. Crazy huh?

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Re: What Are Cultural Taboos In Your Village Or Area by Andyblaze: 1:34am On Dec 04, 2013
Eating Indomie without bitter kola

i cant believe what i heard in this thread - http://www.nairaland.com/1541785/daughter-cannot-enter-house-doesnt
Re: What Are Cultural Taboos In Your Village Or Area by xp17(m): 1:39am On Dec 04, 2013
1. [size=18pt]telling a widow to go and die

[/size]2.foolishness is a taboo with zero percent tolerance in my place

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Re: What Are Cultural Taboos In Your Village Or Area by Hackerjay(m): 1:41am On Dec 04, 2013
Village? Wen last av i been dia,let alone of knowin the taboo

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Re: What Are Cultural Taboos In Your Village Or Area by Willgates(m): 1:45am On Dec 04, 2013
#stewpid posts making fb. my village really frowns at that!
Re: What Are Cultural Taboos In Your Village Or Area by tpia5: 1:46am On Dec 04, 2013
has any of you here given your life to Jesus Christ?

where are you going to spend eternity, have you considered that?

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Re: What Are Cultural Taboos In Your Village Or Area by Willgates(m): 1:47am On Dec 04, 2013
Hackerjay: Village? Wen last av i been dia,let alone of knowin the taboo


bow ur head in poo-pool bro

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Re: What Are Cultural Taboos In Your Village Or Area by zopaks: 1:51am On Dec 04, 2013
.... Drinking Garri without Groundnuts and Sugar
Re: What Are Cultural Taboos In Your Village Or Area by Nobody: 2:08am On Dec 04, 2013
In my part of Igboland it is a taboo to kill green grass snakes and some other short fat snake.
Supposedly if one kills them,they will have to bury them like humans( I will not spare any snake)

Igbos consider it bad luck to go over someone's outstretched legs
If you did that you will have to go over it again from the opposite side to nullify it lol

A baby should not look at a mirror undecided

There is also an Igbo proverb that if a man chops his wife in the standing position and she conceives,the baby will be an imb.ecile grin

Opening an umbrella indoors is also considered bad luck

In my mother's village,a married woman must not sleep in her father's house on an eke market day

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Re: What Are Cultural Taboos In Your Village Or Area by Nobody: 2:15am On Dec 04, 2013
I don't know of any! And I don't care to know.
Re: What Are Cultural Taboos In Your Village Or Area by oldbende: 2:21am On Dec 04, 2013
In Bende all men are initiated to know Okonko but before the initiation they take oat never to reveal to a non member even their children what Okonko is, and when the enter the Okonko shrine they make a sweet dancing sound that attracts the whole village. Its a very rich tradition and people travel from cities to be part of Okonko at the New Yam Festival. In my village women can't know Okonko till they die.

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