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Title:The Fundamentals of Indigenous African Religion of the Ikwerre, Nigeria
Author:Wotogbe-Weneka, W.O.
Periodical:Journal of Oriental and African Studies
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:African religions
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Religion and Witchcraft
Abstract:The Ikwerre or the Iwhere.oha constitute one of the major ethnic groups which make up the present Rivers State of Nigeria. The Ikwerre are very religious. Ikwerre traditional religiosity possesses a pantheistic view of life, recognizing divinity in every aspect of life, both the visible and the invisible. The Ikwerre have numerous myths of origin. There is a strong belief that Chiokike (Supreme Being) is the creator of the universe and its contents. Chiokike works in harmony with his other numerous subordinate beings or divinities, such as Eli, the earth divinity and the paramount divinity in the Ikwerre pantheon. The divinities are believed to be instrumental in directing people to moral rectitude. Certain days of the week, certain seasons of the year and certain periods of the day are regarded as sacred in connection with the worship of various deities and in obedience to the behest of Eli. Today Ikwerre indigenous religion is being undermined through the effects of social change in the wake of urbanization and the influence of Christianity. Notes, ref., sum.