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Biblical Traditions In Igboland Before The Missionaries, What Do You Think? by showafrica(m): 9:51am On Dec 13, 2020
BIBLICAL TRADITIONS BEFORE THE MISSIONARIES IN IGBOLAND

*1. NSO NWANYI*
In Igboland women live apart from their husbands and neither cook for them or enter their husband's quarters when they are in their period. They are seen as unclean. Even up till today such practice is still applicable in some parts of Igboland especially by the traditionalists. Before a woman can enter the palace of Obi of Onitsha, she will be asked if she is in her period, if yes, she will be asked to stay out.

*Leviticus 15: 19-20*
When a woman has her monthly period, she remains unclean, anyone who touches her or anything she has sat on becomes unclean.

*2. ANA OBI*
An Igbo man's ancestral heritage, called “Ana Obi” is not sellable, elders will not permit this. If this is somehow done due to the influence of the West the person is considered a fool and is ostracized by the community.

*1 king 21:3*
I inherited this vineyard from my ancestors, and the Lord forbid that I should sell it, said Naboth.

*3. IKUCHI NWANYI*
Igbos have practiced the taking of a late brother's wife into marriage after she had been widowed until the white men came. Now it is rarely done but except in very rural villages.

*Deuteronomy 25:5*
A widow of a dead man is not to be married outside the family; it is the duty of the dead man's brother to marry her.

*4. IGBA ODIBO*
In Igboland, there is a unique form of apprenticeship in which either a male family member or a community member will spend six(6) years (usually in their teens to their adulthood) working for another family. And on the seventh year, the head of the host household, who is usually the older man who brought the apprentice into his household, will establish (Igbo: idu) the apprentice
by either setting up a business for him or giving money or tools by which to make a living.

*Exodus 21:2*
If you buy a Hebrew slave, he shall serve you for six years. In the seventh year he is to be set free without having to pay you anything.

*5. IRI JI OFUO*
In Igboland , the yam is very important as it is their staple crop. There are celebrations such as the New yam festival (Igbo: Iri Ji) which are held for the harvesting of the yam. New Yam festival (Igbo: Iri ji) is celebrated annually to secure a good harvest of the staple crop. In the olden days it is an abomination for one to eat a new harvest before the festival. It's a tradition that you give the gods of the land first as a thanksgiving.

*Deuteronomy 16:9*
Count 7 weeks from the time that you begin to harvest the crops, and celebrate the harvest festival to honor the lord your God, by bringing him a freewill offering in proportion to the blessing he has given you. Celebrate in the Lord's presence together with your children, servants, foreigners. Be sure that you obey my command, said the Lord.

*6. IBE UGWU*
In Igboland it's a tradition that the male children are circumcised on the 8th day. This tradition is still practiced till date.

*Leviticus 12:3*
On the eighth day, the child shall be circumcised.

*7. OMUGWO*
In Igboland, there is a practice known as "ile omugwo ". After a woman has given birth to a child, a very close and experienced relative of hers, in most cases her mother is required by tradition to come spend time with her and her husband. During which she is to do all the work of the wife, while the new mom's only assignment to the baby will be to breastfeed. This goes on for a month or more. In the Igbo old tradition, at this time, the new mom lives apart from her husband, would not cook or enter his quarters.

*Leviticus 12:1-4*
For seven days after a woman gives birth, she is ritually unclean as she is during her monthly period. It will be 33 days until she is ritually clean from the loss of blood.

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Re: Biblical Traditions In Igboland Before The Missionaries, What Do You Think? by sonmvayina(m): 10:02am On Dec 13, 2020
You have been following my post here i guess...i was coming round to all of these in my Torah and igbo onenani..the jewish and igbo customs and traditions are all the same. Just the nomenclature. Like i said, they will remain Gods chosen people for life...
Re: Biblical Traditions In Igboland Before The Missionaries, What Do You Think? by showafrica(m): 10:35am On Dec 13, 2020
sonmvayina:
You have been following my post here i guess...i was coming round to all of these in my Torah and igbo onenani..the jewish and igbo customs and traditions are all the same. Just the nomenclature. Like i said, they will remain Gods chosen people for life...


I tell you, this just confirmed the jewish relationship, I was surprised to see this..

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Re: Biblical Traditions In Igboland Before The Missionaries, What Do You Think? by AntiWailer: 10:40am On Dec 13, 2020
Nice compilation

Quite interesting

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Re: Biblical Traditions In Igboland Before The Missionaries, What Do You Think? by lomprico(m): 10:43am On Dec 13, 2020
they are coming grin
Re: Biblical Traditions In Igboland Before The Missionaries, What Do You Think? by sonmvayina(m): 11:15am On Dec 13, 2020
Whatever problem we are facing now individually and collectively is self inflicted. Our problem started the moment we started demonizing our heritage. We started seeing ourselves through the eyes of people who know nothing about us. We cut ourselves from our roots and heritage. And we know whatever you cut from its roots will only wilder and die with time. The only solution is for us to rettarch ourselves to our roots. Our ancestors are patiently waiting for us to reconnect ....when we do, i believe we will bloosom and attain our full potential..

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Re: Biblical Traditions In Igboland Before The Missionaries, What Do You Think? by sonmvayina(m): 11:18am On Dec 13, 2020
For igbos who are interested in learning about their omenani should join this group on facebook.

Re: Biblical Traditions In Igboland Before The Missionaries, What Do You Think? by showafrica(m): 2:10pm On Dec 24, 2020
Igbos really derailed or will I say went out of radar. Nnamdi Kanu is preaching the much he can anyway. We need to connect back to our root and lineage.

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Re: Biblical Traditions In Igboland Before The Missionaries, What Do You Think? by bigfrancis21: 8:34pm On Dec 24, 2020
showafrica:
BIBLICAL TRADITIONS BEFORE THE MISSIONARIES IN IGBOLAND

*1. NSO NWANYI*
In Igboland women live apart from their husbands and neither cook for them or enter their husband's quarters when they are in their period. They are seen as unclean. Even up till today such practice is still applicable in some parts of Igboland especially by the traditionalists. Before a woman can enter the palace of Obi of Onitsha, she will be asked if she is in her period, if yes, she will be asked to stay out.

*Leviticus 15: 19-20*
When a woman has her monthly period, she remains unclean, anyone who touches her or anything she has sat on becomes unclean.

*2. ANA OBI*
An Igbo man's ancestral heritage, called “Ana Obi” is not sellable, elders will not permit this. If this is somehow done due to the influence of the West the person is considered a fool and is ostracized by the community.

*1 king 21:3*
I inherited this vineyard from my ancestors, and the Lord forbid that I should sell it, said Naboth.

*3. IKUCHI NWANYI*
Igbos have practiced the taking of a late brother's wife into marriage after she had been widowed until the white men came. Now it is rarely done but except in very rural villages.

*Deuteronomy 25:5*
A widow of a dead man is not to be married outside the family; it is the duty of the dead man's brother to marry her.

*4. IGBA ODIBO*
In Igboland, there is a unique form of apprenticeship in which either a male family member or a community member will spend six(6) years (usually in their teens to their adulthood) working for another family. And on the seventh year, the head of the host household, who is usually the older man who brought the apprentice into his household, will establish (Igbo: idu) the apprentice
by either setting up a business for him or giving money or tools by which to make a living.

*Exodus 21:2*
If you buy a Hebrew slave, he shall serve you for six years. In the seventh year he is to be set free without having to pay you anything.

*5. IRI JI OFUO*
In Igboland , the yam is very important as it is their staple crop. There are celebrations such as the New yam festival (Igbo: Iri Ji) which are held for the harvesting of the yam. New Yam festival (Igbo: Iri ji) is celebrated annually to secure a good harvest of the staple crop. In the olden days it is an abomination for one to eat a new harvest before the festival. It's a tradition that you give the gods of the land first as a thanksgiving.

*Deuteronomy 16:9*
Count 7 weeks from the time that you begin to harvest the crops, and celebrate the harvest festival to honor the lord your God, by bringing him a freewill offering in proportion to the blessing he has given you. Celebrate in the Lord's presence together with your children, servants, foreigners. Be sure that you obey my command, said the Lord.

*6. IBE UGWU*
In Igboland it's a tradition that the male children are circumcised on the 8th day. This tradition is still practiced till date.

*Leviticus 12:3*
On the eighth day, the child shall be circumcised.

*7. OMUGWO*
In Igboland, there is a practice known as "ile omugwo ". After a woman has given birth to a child, a very close and experienced relative of hers, in most cases her mother is required by tradition to come spend time with her and her husband. During which she is to do all the work of the wife, while the new mom's only assignment to the baby will be to breastfeed. This goes on for a month or more. In the Igbo old tradition, at this time, the new mom lives apart from her husband, would not cook or enter his quarters.

*Leviticus 12:1-4*
For seven days after a woman gives birth, she is ritually unclean as she is during her monthly period. It will be 33 days until she is ritually clean from the loss of blood.

Ibi ugwu*
Re: Biblical Traditions In Igboland Before The Missionaries, What Do You Think? by Exmilitant(m): 9:16pm On Dec 24, 2020
Let me help you guys, in 613 BCE, the Assyrian empire destroyed the 12 tribe kingdom of Israel and took thousands of them captives. They were dispersed to every corner of the Assyrian empire. The ones that were dispersed to Egypt, joined the Nubians who were migrating south-eastward and they settled in what is today called Sudan. After the decline of the Nubian empire some groups began moving westward first of which to arrive at the lower Niger were the igbos! Mind you they had blended cultures and traditions with other tribes including displaced Israelis. Other similarities OP didn't mention was
their abhorence for kings and Leaving behind some farm produce for the poor.

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Re: Biblical Traditions In Igboland Before The Missionaries, What Do You Think? by tobechi74: 11:31pm On Dec 24, 2020
Some people will start claiming Igbos are descendants of Isreal
Re: Biblical Traditions In Igboland Before The Missionaries, What Do You Think? by showafrica(m): 4:38am On Jan 06
tobechi74:
Some people will start claiming Igbos are descendants of Isreal

May not be descendants but there is relationship in culture

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