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TRADITIONAL INSTITUTIONS AND FESTIVALS: A COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE

Assibong, Patrick Agbor (2002) TRADITIONAL INSTITUTIONS AND FESTIVALS: A COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE. Journal of Religion and Culture, 3 (1, 2). pp. 123-128. ISSN 1595-3971

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Abstract

It is customary in the world/Nigeria today to point to Africa/Annang whenever traditional institutions and festivals are mentioned as if Christmas and Easter are not festivals which are being "lubricated" and protected by the Christian science institutions. This ethnocentric and Xenophobic approach by bourgeois academics, potray the African/ Annang traditional institutions like (i) the "Ekpo"(ii)"£kong" (iii)"Abang" (iv) "Mbogo"' and (v) "Nko" as primitive, fetish and paganic while all the festivals organised by Christiandom are eulogiscd and recommended for the people of the "Dark continent"' Africa. The paper argues essentially that since there are so many traditional institutions like the British monarchy~ that of the Dannish pcople, Christian and Muslim festivals which are respected by all and sundry, !hat of lhe Africans in general and the Annang in particular, should also be nurtured,respected and encouraged to grow so that the main tenets could be exported to Europe via seminars, publications and cultural exchanges. It is the writer's conviction that once the Annang people work religiously hard and make others to believe in the above trajectories, their language, traditional institutions, festivals, literature and culture would be protected for posteriiy by the members of the "Ekpo'' traditional institution and "exported" to Europe by the elites. The paper concludes that while the Annang traditional institutions and festivals are among the best in the worl~ the re-documentation, protection and re-education of Lhe world about their rich traditional institutions and festivals would be the best legacy the elites can bequeath to the Annang Nation.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2017 12:33
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2017 11:53
URI: http://eprints.covenantuniversity.edu.ng/id/eprint/7748

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