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Tradition is the ancient way of worshipping natural spirits of the land, water, fire and air. It has been the way in which one can get his or her heart’s desires from the ancestral spirits.
During our forefathers era, tradition existed and will continue to exist even in the next generation. Tradition has been existing before imported Christian religion and for religion to overpower tradition, it is highly impossible. Though, they tried with lots of false accusations, teachings and campaigns of falsehoods that made people to destroy their ancestral spirits which affected many kindreds. However, they did not succeed with the false accusations.
Tradition is the natural way of worshipping spirits, though some people are turning it into something evil and demonic by doing what the ancestors abhor this made many people see it as evil beliefs. In tradition, we have natural spirits that have been existing even before our forefathers, the spirits are: 1. Shrine (alusi). 2. Ancestors (Ndị ichie). 3. Marine Spirits (Ndị Mmiri). 4. Ancestral Spirits like (Udo, Ogwugwu, Ngene ,Ngwụ ,Akpu, Orji, Akwali Ọmụmụ, Agwụ, Arọbinagu, Ani/Àjà Ana) , these are the spirits that make up tradition.
Every human created has spiritual link with all these spirits, but they can only bless and protect those who recognize and venerate them. Many abandoned tradition to religion, while many abandoned religion to tradition based on their beliefs and reason. Actually, true living that can make one live long is found in tradition. Religion believes in false and man-made doctrines. Religion is always against tradition. That is why many religionists always regret at last as it is filled with doctrines and dogmas. Many who know the truth but afraid of being known for one, stand on both sides (tradition and religion).
The mistakes our parents made which affected them should not be repeated in our generation. We need to pay more attention on spirituality/tradition than religion. Every country has their own traditional beliefs and a generation without traditional beliefs have no future. They always end up in crisis, confusion, herd mentality and are subdued into beliefs of white supremacy.
Tradition comes with peace of mind, body and soul unlike religion that threatens one of going to hell that does not exist, if you do not keep to its doctrines! Religion promises one heaven therefore lots of Christians resorted in making earth inhabitable for others. Tradition is based on Nsọ Ani, many inhuman acts are not condoned rather considered taboos, abomination or sacrilegious when undertaken by any defaulter who is prone to correction and carrying out of cleansing rituals in atonement.
Religion promoted lesbianism, homosexuality, bestiality and other evil social vices while it damaged our communal lifestyle in various parts of Igboland. It brought about a decline in our population as they forced monogamy on Igbo society. Reason, we have high rate of single mothers, prostitutes, slay queens, side chicks among others.
Previously, in Igbo society, polygamy was practiced and there was no existence of prostitution, but the advent of religion spoilt our cultural heritage. In conclusion, it is not late to return back to tradition because it is the way of life and prosperity for our people.
©️Dibịa Nwangwu Uchendu; BA(French), PGD(Education), M.ED(Educational Management)
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK