Uchendu, Victor Chikezie. The Igbo of southeast Nigeria

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1 The Igbo World

The World Of Man And The World Of Spirits

Maintaining Cosmological Balance

Manipulating His World

Cyclical Nature Of Status Seeking

Transparent Living

“a Country Is Spoiled By Men”

A World Of Change



2 How The Igbo Make Their Living

Farming: Land Tenure

The Farming Cycle

The Preparation Of Palm Oil


The Marketplace And The “market Peace”

The “market Ring”

Price Determination

Livestock Tenancy

Wage Labor

3 Helping The Town “to Get Up”

Earlier Patterns Of “getting Up”

Modern Development And Self-help

“human Investment”

The Improvement Unions

4 Igbo Ways In Government

Authority In The “family”

Autonomy Of The Village

Government Of The Village-group (town)

Three Sample Governments

Igboland Under Colonial Rule

Changes Preceding Independence

5 Founding A New Family

Emphasis On Married Status

Types Of Marriage

Stages In The Marriage Process

The Adjustment Of The New Bride

The “big Compound” Ideal Of The Igbo Family

The Developmental Cycle Of The “big Compound”

New Trends In The Igbo Family System

6 Growing Up In An Igbo Village

Igbo Ideas About Conception

A Child Is Born

The Umbilical Cord

A Child Is Named

“churching”—an Outing Ceremony

The Igbo Child Shares Two Worlds

7 The Kinship Network

The Agnates

The Mother's Agnates

The “remote” Kinsmen

Balancing Kinship Conflicts

Naming The Kin

8 Igbo Hospitality

Principles Of Hospitality

Forms Of Hospitality

“kola” Hospitality

9 Nonkinship Associations

Work Groups

Credit Associations

Dibia Associations

Title Societies

Associations And Village Integration

10 Status Placement Among Igbo

Age And Kinship Status

Marriage And Social Position

The Status Of Women

Diala And Non-diala Status

The Osu System Of Slavery

Leadership And Status Placement

Associational Status

Western Impact On The Igbo Status System

11 Igbo Gods And Oracles

Igbo Ideas Of The High God

Ala, The Earth-goddess

Other Spirits

Igbo Oracles

The Ancestors

12 The Igbo And Culture Contact

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Title: The Igbo of southeast Nigeria

Published By: New York: Rinehart and Winston, [1965]. xiii, 111 p.: ill., maps

By line: by Victor C. Uchendu

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2003. Computer File

Culture: Igbo (FF26)

Subjects: Sociocultural trends (178); Tillage (241); Real property (423); Internal trade (438); External trade (439); Division of labor by gender (462); Labor supply and employment (464); Status, role, and prestige (554); Slavery (567); Visiting and hospitality (574); Arranging a marriage (584); Nuptials (585); Kinship terminology (601); Lineages (613); Community structure (621); Towns (632); Cities (633); Cosmology (772); Spirits and gods (776); Childbirth (844);

Abstract: This source, whose author is both anthropologist and Igbo, is a general summary of Igbo social organization. This includes material on world view, cosmology, religious beliefs and practices, property ownership, division of labor, kin and non-kin networks, life cycle, status system, and modes of government.

Document Number: 4

Document ID: ff26-004

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 109-110)

Field Date: ca. 1935-1961

Evaluation: Ethnologist, Indigene-5

Analyst: Jan Simpson ; 1980

Coverage Date: ca. 1935-1961

Coverage Place: southeast Nigeria

LCSH: Igbo (African people)


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