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Title:Holy Aruosa Cathedral in Benin: historical and phenomenological perspectives
Author:Ehianu, Wilson E.ISNI
Year:2010
Periodical:Orita: Ibadan Journal of Religious Studies (ISSN 0030-5596)
Volume:42
Issue:1
Pages:51-65
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:religious buildings
African religions
Christianity
inculturation
Edo
Abstract:This paper discusses the Holy Aruosa Cathedral, Church, Temple or Shrine - as it is variously called - in Benin City, Nigeria. About six hundred and fifty years old, Aruosa predates early Portuguese missionary contact with the Benin kingdom, contrary to popular belief that it is a relic of missionary presence in the area. The name 'cathedral' may be misleading, as the religious centre is neither a church, nor are the worshippers Christians. Based on Bini direct worship of God ('Osanobua'), the Bini world view permeates Aruosa's doctrine, rituals and usage. The paper examines the history of Aruosa including its encounter with the early Portuguese missionaries; its architectural design, symbols and emblems; its organizational structure including the levels of authority; Aruosa's doctrine and theology. Furthermore, it discusses a regular Sunday service in which the author participated and concludes with a look at Aruosa's future. Ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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