Expression of Love for Chinese and Igbo Ancestors: A Comparative Study

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Expression of Love for Chinese and Igbo Ancestors: A Comparative Study

 IGBO SCHOLARS INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL VOL. 1, No 1

Expression of Love for Chinese and Igbo Ancestors: A Comparative Study

Onukwube Alex Alfred Anedo

 Department of African & Asian Studies

  Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka

    onunedoal@yahoo.com

  &

 Ngozi Edith Anedo

 P.G.Student of African Culture & Civilization

Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka    

ngonedohotmail@yahoo.com

 

ABSTRACT (Download PDF)

This is a comparative study of Chinese and Igbo ancestor worship. Chinese is an interesting culture in Asia as Igbo is in West African Sub-region. This study therefore looks on how both cultures venerate their ancestors. It discusses the qualifications for ancestors. It also studies the reasons for ancestor veneration and makes attempt to expose the structure of ancestral temples in both cultures. There are also analyses on how the living descendants relate with the ancestors. It finds out that their relationship is symbiotic in the sense that the ancestors shower blessings on their living descendants whereas the livings in return give offerings and celebrate feast in their honor. The paper goes further to study the major feasts that the two cultures celebrate in honor of their ancestors. It explains that ancestor worship has been behind the reasons why peoples from both cultures, strive to obey the taboos of the lands, which enabled the ancestors to attain their present status. It observes that by doing that both cultures enjoy peace in their various environments. The study ends saying that, it is possible for the two peoples with similar beliefs to cooperate in order to fostering World peace.

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