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Title:Ancestral veneration in national symbols and its implications for national integration and moral transformation in Nigeria
Author:Ayantayo, J.K.ISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:Orita: Ibadan Journal of Religious Studies (ISSN 0030-5596)
Volume:41
Issue:2
Pages:1-17
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:nation
symbols
ethics
ancestor worship
Abstract:Ancestor worship is one of the five principal beliefs of African traditional religion. According to the author, the moral implications of this belief for national development have escaped the attention of scholars of religion for long. In order to fill this gap, he examines manifestations of ancestor veneration in national symbols in Nigeria, focusing on the nationalists who worked towards Nigeria's independence in 1960 and who have contributed immensely to the independent nation's development. Many of them have been immortalized via statues, roads, airports, currency, the national anthem and the national pledge. The author interprets these symbols and points out their potential for advancing national integration and moral transformation in Nigeria. Ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]
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