By Smith Akoko
Since time inmemorial, taboos have been introduced in Igedeland to regulate the moral order of the society. These taboos took their origin from the people’s values and belief system. They are not contained in any written document but are preserved as integral part of the people’s traditional education.
According to elders, taboos were found in the progenitor, Agba’s effort – in the early days – to explain nature and his own existence; to propitiate fate and invite fortune; and to avoid the evil he could not understand and pry into the future. They are, therefore, deeply rooted in the culture as well as the religious belief of the people. For as a complex reality, Igede culture consists of many elements which are essential to the people. And without them, the culture could not have taken the shape it has today.
Taboos have been a vital component of Igede culture. They are meant to facilitate morality and orderly maintenance. They are not codified in any revealed law, as earlier stated. However, the people learn them, practise them, and they are handed down from generation to generation.
Under the program, ‘Igede Cultural Class’, Agba TV hopes to delve into the concept of taboo in Igedeland, with particular reference to open sex and its consequences. But are there really consequences as widely claimed? What are there, if yes? Indeed, expectations are high, but you may need to pardon the suspense. 12th January is already here, after all.