Moving while keeping on from the Igbo cosmological conception
John Chidubem Nwaogaidu (University of Nigeria, Nsukka)
Paper short abstract:
Movement is an important aspect of identity struggle that is understandable through external domains of social relationships. There is always interconnection between the moved and the stayed in the society in order to maintain the kinship network through reciprocity.
Paper long abstract:
The cultural allegory of movement in Igbo cultural setting of Nigeria suggests that it is only the lazy ones in the society stay at home why their mates move in search of greener pasture. Movement is an important aspect of identity struggle that is understandable through external domains of social relationships. That is why some are driven to the lands of the foreigners out of shame of continuous stay in the indigenous land. Through movement, individuals or groups engage in a competitive struggle for influence. That would perhaps give them the potentials to compete and demonstrate their strength with other members of the society. Besides, there is never a permanent movement outside the environs of the Igbo society. Periodic returns are encouraged. This is mainly during festive periods such as Christmas, new yam festivals, Muo festivals, Marriages and funerals. There is always interconnection between the moved and the stayed in the society in order to maintain the kinship network. Through an ethnographical reports complemented with empirical research, this study sees movement as a means of societal adjustment in the community life towards a solidaristic expansion of network. Therefore, this study analyses the rationale behind movement in Igbo society by identifying and qualifying the values of moving while staying.
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