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The effect of Christianity on the tradition and culture of the Idoma people of Nigeria: A comparative study

Emmanuel C. Anizoba, Edache M. Johnson
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 77, No 4 | a7111 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v77i4.7111 | © 2021 Emmanuel C. Anizoba, Edache M. Johnson | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 31 August 2021 | Published: 17 December 2021

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Emmanuel C. Anizoba, Department of Religion, Faculty of the Social Sciences, University of Nigeria, Enugu, Nigeria; Department Religion Studies, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Edache M. Johnson, Department of Religion, Faculty of the Social Sciences, University of Nigeria, Enugu, Nigeria; Department Religion Studies, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

Some of the traditions and cultural beliefs and practices of the Idoma people of Nigeria have been influenced both positively and negatively as a result of the advent of Christianity in the area. The aim of this research is to investigate some of the cultural beliefs and practices of the Idoma people before the advent of Christianity, the people’s response to the new faith and the propelling factors behind the responses of the people. In doing so, a comparative study on these beliefs and practices after the advent of Christianity in Idoma traditional society was done. The study adopts a qualitative phenomenological research design and descriptive method for data analysis. Personal interviews form a primary source of data collection, while the secondary source includes library sources. This method of study was chosen to allow the data collected to speak for themselves without any interference from the researchers. The study unveils that the advent of Christianity in the Idoma traditional society had some impact and consequences on the traditional and cultural practices of the people, such as death and burial ceremonies, the Aje-alekwu festival and widowhood practices among others. The study recommends that there should be a synergy between Idoma traditional beliefs and practices and Christianity for peaceful co-existence, progress and development in the area.

Contribution: It is erroneously believed that in the contemporary society, traditional religious practices are going to die and become a thing of the past. However, one would observe from this study that Idoma people still hold their traditional beliefs and practices in high esteem despite the influence of Christianity in the area.


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effect; Christianity; tradition; culture; worldview

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