Achebe, Chinwe. The world of the Ogbanje

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Title: The world of the Ogbanje

Published By: Enugu, Nigeria: Fourth Dimension Publishers, 1986. iv, 68 p.: ill.

By line: by Chinwe Achebe

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

Culture: Igbo (FF26)

Subjects: Magical and mental therapy (755); Religious beliefs (770); Magicians and diviners (791); Congregations (794); Ethnopsychology (828);

Abstract: Ogbanje is a 'personality disorder' that describes someone who is not true to their god-given nature and talents, in spite of an excess of good attributes. Ogbanje can be extraordinarily handsome or beautiful, achieve meteoric success, but die prematurely without making any lasting mark. They are believed to be part human and part spirit; their fate entwined with one of two spirits who intercepted them at birth and renegotiated their fate to include serving them in the world. In exchange they are given fame, wealth, or beauty, but always a short life. Achebe reviews the Igbo cosmology, creation myths, and the concept of CHI, which is the divine, creative spark imbued in persons by the supreme deity CHI UKWA. NNE MMIRI and ONABULUWA are the spirits whose pacts contradict a person's CHI and create the alienated personality of the ogbanje.

Document Number: 37

Document ID: ff26-037

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 67-68)

Field Date: 1982

Evaluation: Psychologist-4, 5

Analyst: Ian Skoggard ; 2001

Coverage Date: 1982

Coverage Place: Anambra State, Nigeria

LCSH: Igbo (African people)


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