There are numerous taboos and abominations in Igbo land, but they are revealed as the case progresses. These regulations were created by the forefathers of the Igbo people.
It is claimed that abominations in Igbo country arise from dread and the forefathers’ primal character.
Nonetheless, many individuals still believe in and practice them. To be clear, the Igbos are an ethnic group indigenous to present-day southeastern Nigeria.
ALL OTHER FUNCTIONS ARE PROHIBITED ON EKE MARKET DAY
In Igboland, there are four major market days: Eke market day, Orie market day, Afo market day, and Nkwo market day.
On market days, people bring whatever they have available to buy to a designated location for that market day. Every buyer understands where and when to go to the market to make their purchases. Each market day has its own significance and traditional links.
The forebears set designated Eke Market Day as a market day. On that day, no one is required to travel to farms to labor, and there will be no wedding celebrations. People would rather go to the market and do whatever trade they want, then come home to relax for the next day.
KILLING AN EKE SNAKE IS ILLEGAL.
In Igboland, there are two types of Eke Snake. Eke Orasi is one, while Eke Uwonya is another. Eke Orasi is a small python found across Igboland, but Eke Uwonya is a big long python located in the forest.
Although Eke Uwonya is edible, the short Python cannot be murdered or eaten since it is illegal. It is said that the Eke Orasi are the offspring of the Orashi stream, which runs across Abia, Imo, and parts of Anambra State. Killing a python inadvertently or on purpose spells trouble. The act requires that the creature be grieved with the complaints of a deceased individual. Isn’t it strange? Hello and welcome to Igboland.
FAMILIES FROM OSU AND UME MUST BE TREATED DIFFERENTLY.
In Igboland, Osu and Ume are supposed to be the ordinary populace who were transported from a foreign land. Significantly, they are used as slaves or sold as a kind of restitution to the ancestors. They must worship the Idols, serve the Idols, and reside in the market where the Idols are served. These groups of people are both inventive and appealing. They are not, however, authorized to marry, engage in gatherings, or have relationships with the sons of the soil. The true progeny of the earth are the sons of the soil. If you ask me, I will reply that the majority of the people in Igboland are racists. Lol! I’m just clowning around; that’s their way of life, and I appreciate it.
The Osu and Ume families are from Igboland, and their children grow up to have exceptional lives. They marry either a person from their tribe or a person of a different ethnicity. This is the longest-running argument. The sons of the earth are taught to believe that the OSU and UME(s) have no traditions. Because it is considered that their culture and habits have perished with the passage of time. Despite all of these problems, efforts have been made to abolish this proposal in the present day. Surprisingly, nothing has changed; the forefathers established this legislation.
CUSTOMARY PRIESTS NZE AND OZO
The Nze is the male, while the Ozo is his wife. They both held the most notable customary titles in ancient Igboland. They are regarded as the traditional priests of Igboland, and as such, they are given preferential treatment and exemptions from all forms of community service. The Nze or Ozo must not enter a river or stream where people are already present. Everyone in the water runs out at any point they wish to explore or use the waterways/stream.
This is done to demonstrate respect and dignity. They are free to use the canal or stream while everyone else remains outside until they are finished. If they are joined in the stream by someone else, that person is responsible for settling the land.
EBURALA (AN ANIMAL MUSTNT BARE ONE CHILD) (AN ANIMAL MUSTNT BARE ONE CHILD)
Any chicken or goat that bears a single child is condemned, and its progeny are dubbed EBURALA. Once developed, it must be slaughtered and consumed. In no case should this species be put up for sale or allowed to reproduce. In Igboland, doing otherwise is considered an abomination.
AT NIGHT, A CHICKEN SHOULD NOT CROW.
In Igboland, a chicken crows at night is an evil. If it occurs, the chicken must be captured and slaughtered for human food.
FIRST GROWING UPPER TEETH
Previously, if a kid grows his or her upper teeth first, or if a youngster is born with teeth. In Igboland, such a child is considered unlucky and an abomination. The youngster will be thrown into a terrible forest to be eaten by animals. It should be noted that this rally has been canceled since, in the past, people did things out of primitivism. In a same vein, twins were murdered, and nothing of such survives now.
In Igboland, it is considered an abomination for a woman to sleep with her significant other’s sibling. Her better half will perish if she participates in such an act. If she engages in a sexual relationship with another person, she and her significant other will live in need and want. When an Igbo lady marries, she is wedded for life, until she divorces. I’m curious why the Igbo people didn’t think of making such a regulation to regulate males as well.
Killing any human being is an anathema in Igboland; if such an act occurs, the culprit would be severely punished. Additionally, suicide is prohibited. If such an act is committed, the victim does not get a proper burial. Let us leave it as the body is disposed of.
RECEIVING AND GIVING
Giving or receiving one thing or any item in an odd-numbered form, e.g., 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, is an abomination in Igboland. When giving or getting a gift, it must be done in pairs, for example, 2,4,6,8,10……….. If anybody is given something as a gift, that object is received and discarded.
The explanation for this is that the Igbos think the two (2) represent their mother’s breasts. And the multiple of two indicates bountiful multiplication.
NIGHT WHISTLING WITH THE MOUTH
You can whistle with your lips all day, but it is considered an obscenity in Igboland to sound with your mouth at night. Some say it draws snakes, while others believe it invites demonic spirits. If someone accidently whistles late at night, an older person will hurry to the kitchen, pick up burning wood, and toss it outdoors. That is a gesture of pleasing the gods and delaying the consequences of that deed. The individual will recite some words, pleading and appealing to the ancestors, claiming that the perpetrator committed the crime inadvertently.
WRONGDOING TO INLAWS AND THEIR CHILDREN
In Igboland, doing anything harmful to these group of people is an abomination. Husbands and children born to Igbo sisters or daughters are loved, and no sort of displeasure must be recorded against the family.
Husbands and children of the land’s daughters are automatically members of the family and have equal privileges with the rest of the family. In most situations, they are providing foundations for their recall. It’s known as the “mark of Inlaws.”