Amadiume, Ifi, 1947-. Afrikan matriarchal foundations: the Igbo case

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Title: Afrikan matriarchal foundations: the Igbo case

Published By: London: Karnak House, 1987. 87 p.: ill.

By line: Ifi Amadiume

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

Culture: Igbo (FF26)

Subjects: Status, role, and prestige (554); Gender status (562); Lineages (613); Spirits and gods (776); Sacred objects and places (778); Prayers and sacrifices (782); Priesthood (793); Organized ceremonial (796);

Abstract: In this work, Amadiume attempts to demonstrate that Igbo societies are based on a matriarchal foundation, as is the case in most of Africa. In her analysis of the data the author describes the many ways in which Igbo women generate and manipulate ideologies in the society, as for example, in the very sophisticated and egalitarian system, extemely favorable to women, found in the traditional system in Nnobi. At the center of this system is the worship of the goddess Idemili, a religion and culture dating back to 3000 B.C. (p. 11).

Document Number: 39

Document ID: ff26-039

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 85-86)

Field Date: no date

Evaluation: Indigene, Ethnologist-5

Analyst: John Beierle ; 2001

Coverage Date: not specified

Coverage Place: town of Nnobi, Idemili local government area, Anambra State, Nigeria

LCSH: Igbo (African people)


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