AJAP - AMAMIHE Journal of Applied Philosophy
Vol. 20 No. 2, 2022
THE PHILOSOPHICAL FOUNDATION OF RITES OF PASSAGE AMONG IWHURUOHA (IKWERRE) PEOPLE OF NIGER DELTA
Grace Lawrence-Hart, PhD

ABSTRACT

The Iwhuruohna people are the ethnic group commonly called and known as Ikwerre. They are a people that is deeply rooted in their cultural practices and religion in virtually everything they do including rites of passage. Rites of passage which is the transition from one phase of life to another is built on their culture and religion. Thus, this paper x-rays different rites of passage among the Ihwuruohna through their cosmological perceptions. The paper discovers that this cultural practice helps to immortalize the people's traditional practices as well as transmit them from one generation to another. The paper therefore, concludes that adherence to the people's worldview on transition into any phase of life gives credence to the new status. Hermeneutical method was employed in this study.

Keywords: Iwhuruohna, Ikwere, Rites of Passage, Culture, Niger Delta
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