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Dance in Igbo land has become
In Igbo land, dance is much more different, connecting even the spiritual and the physical. It is synonymous with story telling.
Dance is often believed to, depending on the type, tell peculiar stories.
Here are the some of the major top 5 dances in Igbo land.
Note: the pictures above are arranged in accordance to the the order of the dances below.
This is a Vessel made by the Igbo in Igbo land.
Around the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, the Igbo people of southern Nigeria made clay altars or shrines with a number of figures. The main crop of the Igbo was yam, and these altars were used at the new yam harvest festival to help produce good harvests and to emphasize the importance of the family in Igbo society.
In this region, as in most of southern-Saharan Africa, the potters are women. Normally only men are permitted to make representational and naturalistic figures.
A tụọrọ omara, ọ mara, a tụọrọ ofeke, o fenye ishi n'ohia.
Literal Translation: If you tell a wise one, he understands; tell a dunce, he runs into the bush.
Proverbial Meaning: Only the wise can understand the wisdom in proverb; the lame mind don't undertsand the meaning of proverb; the knowledgeable and the lame have different reactions to proverb.
Onye ndidi na-eri azu ukpoo
Literal Translation: The patient one eats the fish got with a line and hook.
Proverbial Meaning: Patience works the best benefit; patience ensures better success from the right source.
Note: Ukpoo in Igbo is the line and hook used by traditional Igbo people to fish.
There are other methods of fishing in Igbo land such as the use of basket, bare hands etc
Cultural expectations regarding the conduct, mannerisms, and functions which individuals perform in their families and in the greater general society form a uniting fabric shared amongst the Igbo peoples. From birth, individuals are hoisted into a complex cloud of social behaviors, norms, and roles which vary depending not only on gender, but also on sequence of birth.
Arụsi kpakaria ike, egosi ya osisi ejiri pia ya.
Literal Interpretation: If an oracle forments too much trouble, it will be shown the wood it was carved from
Proverbial Meaning: The creator of a thing has power of that thing; you can be greater than your creator.
Inwelu nkowa nke gi? dee ya ebea...Drop your own interpretation in the comment box
Alot of information could be gathered from an Igbo name, as each one carries some significance and meaning. From an Igbo name, one could gather information such as the market day someone was born (Okafor means a male born on Afor day), their clan (Nwaneri means a descendant of Eri), the profession of their father (Ezeana means the descendant of a priest of Ani), as well as the circumstances around their birth (Ijeagha refers to a child born during war). Besides these things, alot of Igbo philosophy is apparent in many names. Take for example, the meanings of these names:
How comparable can we reason the ancient flawless natural lifestyle of our women and the artificial life of our contemporary women.
Pictured is an evidence of the beauty of the hairtstyle of the 20th Century Igbo women. It is the Ornate bronze and brass headgear and jewelry worn by an early 20th century Igbo woman.
Such headpieces were emblematic of indigenous beauty and sophistication and were characteristic of the tastes, fashion, and style of an era gradually fading from our collective memory.