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Article Number - 3A83D9563934


Vol.9(4), pp. 35-42 , April 2017
DOI: 10.5897/IJSA2017.0719
ISSN: 2006-988X



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The living-dead (ancestors) among the Igbo-African people: An interpretation of Catholic sainthood



Nwafor Matthew Ikechukwu
  • Nwafor Matthew Ikechukwu
  • Godfrey Okoye University Enugu, Nigeria.
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 Received: 10 March 2017  Accepted: 31 March 2017  Published: 30 April 2017

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Studies have shown that most of the precepts, ordinances and rituals in Christian religion are more of resemblances than novelties of what were the cases in the original religion of the African people. The belief in the communion of the Saints, and its surrounding practices stressed especially among the Catholic group is coterminous with the veneration of the Ancestors in this latter religion. The affinity that exists between these two beliefs calls for a special attention, and reinvestigation especially this period when inculturation and proper adaptation of Christian culture are emphasized in the evangelization of people. This study will apply a hermeneutical approach in its study. At the end of its theoretical sample analysis, it will suggest that those ancestors whose names are traceable be recognized among the local worshipping communities who know them and who are strong adherents of this belief. It calls for a new approach in the study of the ancestral veneration with some reservations applied in the absolute condemnation of the practice.

Key words: Christian, catholic, Africans, communion of the saints, Christianity, inculturation.

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APA Nwafor, M. I. (2017). The living-dead (ancestors) among the Igbo-African people: An interpretation of Catholic sainthood. International Journal of Sociology and Anthropology, 9(4), 35-42.
Chicago Nwafor Matthew Ikechukwu. "The living-dead (ancestors) among the Igbo-African people: An interpretation of Catholic sainthood." International Journal of Sociology and Anthropology 9, no. 4 (2017): 35-42.
MLA Nwafor Matthew Ikechukwu. "The living-dead (ancestors) among the Igbo-African people: An interpretation of Catholic sainthood." International Journal of Sociology and Anthropology 9.4 (2017): 35-42.
   
DOI 10.5897/IJSA2017.0719
URL http://academicjournals.org/journal/IJSA/article-abstract/3A83D9563934

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