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Title:Sacrifice as a Restitution of Vital Force among the Igbo
Author:Nze, Chukwuemeka
Periodical:Africana Marburgensia
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:African religions
sacrificial rites
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Religion and Witchcraft
Abstract:Contrary to traditional theory, which holds appeasement of gods and goddesses as the motive for the performance of sacrifices in Igboland, the present article portrays Igbo sacrifice as a restitution of vital force. All illnesses, diseases and misfortunes which befall men, women and children are seen as diminutions of their vital power. Sacrifices are made to restore this lost force. This kind of restitution is distinct from the ordinary cure and recovery from illness; it is a restoration of the invisible component of man, of an ontological imbalance. Note, ref.