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Author Shelton, Austin J

Title The Igbo-Igala borderland : religion & social control in indigenous African colonialism / Austin J. Shelton
Published Albany : State University of New York Press, 1971


Description 1 online resource (xix, 274 pages) : illustrations
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 250-256)
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Subject Igbo (African people) -- Religion
Igala (African people) -- Religion
Social control.
Social Control, Formal
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Regional Studies.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- General.
Igala (African people) -- Religion
Igbo (African people) -- Religion
Social control
Ibo (volk)
Igala (volk)
Sociale structuur.
Sociale controle.
Religieuze aspecten.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0585167907