Proverbs as an African world: Views and characteristics-religious, moral and mystical code of conduct in traditional IGBO society
Madukasi, Francis Chuks
Proverbs are basically short and considerably regarded statements that comprises of ‘solomonic’ words, morals, truth, ethics, socio-cultural, political positions and trusted heritage of the Igbo people. As a figurative kind of indigenous communication, proverbs from the perspective of Igbo paradigm posits to act as a mechanism for ethical and moral education of code of conduct in the contemporary indigenous Igbo society. This paper examines the use of African – Igbo proverbs as idiomatic expressions and provides extensively some textual evidence show casing Igbo proverbs as the custodian of ethical and moral power house for the Igbo people. In Igbo settings, it is believed that one who knows how to use proverbs well is highly revered and endowed. The indigenous mystics or what we can call the ritual elders use Igbo proverbs in communicating with the deities and spirits. This paper also show how the Igbo uses proverbs as a way to stress some vital and remarkable points or issues making it the palm oil used in eating yam in any gathering be it religious or secular. This paper equally explores how proverbs reflects the Igbo people’s world view through the mediation of its powerful interpretative paradigm emanating and projecting her belief system, moral inclinations, justifications and people’s inner self show casing African philosophy.
Madukasi, Francis Chuks. Proverbs as an African world: Views and characteristics-religious, moral and mystical code of conduct in traditional IGBO society. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Research, Volume 6, Issue 1, 2020, Pages 109-117