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The Igbo-Igala borderland; religion & social control in indigenous African colonialism

Author: Austin J Shelton
Publisher: Albany, State University of New York Press, 1971.
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This ethno-historical survey of the northern Nsukka borderland examines particularly one method of African colonial control. When, in the late eighteenth century, the Igala conquered the indigenous Igbo, they gained and held social control through monopoly of certain religious positions. However, despite consciouse effort to maintain Igala religious lineages, these gradually became Igbonized. In delineating this  Read more...
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Shelton, Austin J.
Igbo-Igala borderland.
Albany, State University of New York Press, 1971
(OCoLC)576509681
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Austin J Shelton
ISBN: 0873950828 9780873950824 0873951824 9780873951821
OCLC Number: 198469
Description: xix, 274 pages illustrations 24 cm
Responsibility: [by] Austin J. Shelton.

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This ethno-historical survey of the northern Nsukka borderland examines particularly one method of African colonial control. When, in the late eighteenth century, the Igala conquered the indigenous Igbo, they gained and held social control through monopoly of certain religious positions. However, despite consciouse effort to maintain Igala religious lineages, these gradually became Igbonized. In delineating this religious-social control, Professor Shelton describes extensively border conditions and the nature of Igbo life in the Nsukka area. He dwells particularly on the Igbo religious framework which includes well-disposed, beneficient spirits called 'alusi'. The invading Igala installed their own men as priests, or 'attama' to the dangerous 'alusi' thereby becoming the sole mediators between these spirit and the Igbo.

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