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The Igbo-Igala borderland; religion and social control in indigenous African colonialism [by] Austin J. Shelton.

Albany, State University of New York Press, 1971.
ISBN 0873950828, 0873951824, 9780873951821, 9780873950824

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George Washington
Gelman stacks
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Divinity, African-American Collection
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Subjects Contrò‚le social.
Ibo (Peuple d'Afrique) -- Religion.
Ibo (volk)
Igala (African people) -- Religion.
Igala (Peuple d'Afrique) -- Religion.
Igala (volk)
Igbo (African people) -- Religion.
Religieuze aspecten.
Social control.
Sociale controle.
Sociale structuur.
Description xix, 274 pages illustrations 24 cm
Copyright Date 1971.
Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 250-256).
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.
Geographic Area Nigeria
Network Numbers (OCoLC)198469
WorldCat Search OCLC WorldCat
WorldCat Identities Shelton, Austin J.
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