Journal of
African Studies and Development

  • Abbreviation: J. Afr. Stud. Dev
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2189
  • DOI: 10.5897/JASD
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 190

Article in Press

Ghosts in Chinese and Igbo religions

Anedo Alexander Alfred Onukwube* and Anedo Edith Ngozi

  •  Received: 24 February 2017
  •  Accepted: 09 June 2017
This is a comparative study on Chinese and Igbo beliefs about ghosts and life after death. One understands that with the interaction between the Western and Chinese cultures on one side, Igbo and Western cultures on the other, the modern Chinese and Igbo peoples tend to misunderstand their ancestors’ understanding of life after death, hence, the disrepect for the dead in recent times from the duo cultures. This paper frowns at this development and therefore intends to find out what ghost is, how the Chinese see ghosts, what ghosts stand for in Igbo world view, how both cultures relate with the ghosts and know the different types of ghosts especially during ghosts and/or ancestors’ feast. In effort to make this paper good, the study consulted some books on related topics, had face to face interview sessions with some interviewees where possible from both cultures and through phone conversations. Responses from the interviews and extracts from books read, formed the data of this study. The study observed that both cultures recognise the presence of ghosts. It also found that both cultures recognise and respect ancestors believing that they have symbiotic relationship with their various ancestors. However, this paper acknowldged that non of the cultures equates her ancestors status with that of the ghosts. This paper understands that whatever exists in people’s culture is part of that culture and as such helps the growth of such culture. It therefore encourages the promotion of those arts within any culture that promotes the moral attitudes of the people.

Keywords: Belief, religion, ghost, thought, supernatural beings.