International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Research

International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Research


International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Research
International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Research
Vol. 6, Issue 3 (2020)

Celebrating the religion and personality cult of chinwuba onumba: The greatest sacred specialist in the tradition and hegemony of aguleri kingdom


Madukasi Francis Chuks

In the traditional Igbo setting, exceptional men like Chinwuba Onumba of Aguleri Kingdom have featured prominently in the enterprise of magic and power play in pre-colonial era. Even when they did rise to power, their achievement was usually attributed to the mystical use of their bodies. This sexist attitude is clearly seen in the true story of Chinwuba Onumba of Aguleri, a celebrated sacred specialist of all times in Igbo land, who was arguably the only male sacred specialist in colonial West Africa (late 19th century) that was authorized and certificated to practice his ritualism with every impunity. His rise to fame and authority was attributed to his ability to utilize the power of the male body and his mystical powers to reveal the unknown to the colonial masters and his community into giving him the position. Chunwuba Onumba did not only use his power but his natural personal attraction was as well used as a strategy to reveal the unknown through the practice of trado-medicalism, where he met the controller of the land (the British). This article will explore this sexist attitude and, using some male hermeneutic keys, will try to analyse the phenomenon of male body power politics and the mystical power in Aguleri traditional experience that made him to a seen as a cult in Aguleri cosmolgy. The question is: can we always attribute the rise of men to power only to the way they use their bodies or to their own sheer intellectual and mystical ability?
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How to cite this article:
Madukasi Francis Chuks. Celebrating the religion and personality cult of chinwuba onumba: The greatest sacred specialist in the tradition and hegemony of aguleri kingdom. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Research, Volume 6, Issue 3, 2020, Pages 123-128
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