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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Traditions of Igbo Origins: A Comment
Author:Afigbo, A.E.ISNI
Periodical:History in Africa
Geographic term:Nigeria
oral history
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/3171687
Abstract:The problem of Igbo origins is 'a very maze within a maze'. Instead of one pan-Igbo tradition of origin there are almost as many traditions as there are those independent sub-cultural groups referred to as 'clans' in the Intelligence Reports of the 1930s. In fact in some clans there are two rival traditions of origin. For clarity and ease of understanding is here distinguished among three categories of traditions of origin found among the Igbo people. These categories - in growing order of relevance - are: a) traditions of oriental origin; b) traditions of origin from neighboring 'great' states; c) traditions claiming autochthony. These are taken up and discussed in this order. In each category only the tradition of one clan or group is taken up as a case study. This is followed by a general discussion and appraisal of the whole question of Igbo origin and of the traditions supposedly relating to it. Notes.