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Title:The Power of the Word in Igede Incantation Poetry
Author:Ogede, Ode S.
Periodical:Africana Marburgensia
Geographic term:Nigeria
oral poetry
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Literature, Mass Media and the Press
Abstract:Prayer and ritual observances play a dominant role in the social existence of the Igede, who live mainly in Nigeria's Benue State. One of their central religious institutions is the Akpang cult. The production and performance of Akpang rituals and songs is the preserve of a committee comprised mainly of the elderly male members of the village. Initiation to Akpang is formal and secret, but the chants are primarily improvisational. Based on data collected during fieldwork in 1981, the author describes the vocal components, context, and performance modes of the Akpang cult, focusing on the magical formulas chanted during the Akpang rituals. Until these are performed, no Igede citizen can harvest new yams or enter the village with such. Notes, ref.