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Title:Nature and symbolism in six sacred dirges
Author:Ifie, J.E.
Year:1982
Periodical:Orita: Ibadan Journal of Religious Studies
Volume:14
Issue:2
Pages:140-153
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:Ezon
mourning
songs (form)
Abstract:The six sacred dirges presented and analysed here were recorded by the author in 1977 in the Toru Apelebiri community, in the Kumbuowei district (Bendel State, Nigeria). These dirges are esoteric and are usually sung by specialist singers. They are not sung anyhow and anywhere. They are highly restricted to the gbiniki second burial ceremony and to the owu (masquerade) festival which formerly took place at that time of year when crops, especially, yams, were harvested. The interpretation of these dirges brings to light some aspects of the philosophy of life of the Ezon. Notes.
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