What Is the Egwugwu Ceremony in the Igbo Culture?


Egwugwu is a judgment ceremony in which the town is called to the egwugwu house to settle a dispute between two families or parties by waiting for a gong to sound. Elders of the village sit in the front rows of stools with a row of nine seats in front of them. The plaintiff and the defendant gather in two groups in front of the crowd and wait for the nine spirits representing the nine founders of each village come out of the hut with masks on when the gong does song. The Ibo tribe performs intricate burials and funeral ceremonies. There are several types of death that are considered shameful and are not given any respect or burial at all. The chief's family washes the body directly in the death chamber, they don't wash him in a special wash room and then place the body on a high bush table called ojo and cover it with cloths, strings etc. This information can be obtained online from
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