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Uwomano Benjamin Okpevra corresponding author

Abstract

This paper aimed at interrogating the changes and continuity in an aspect of the Funeral rites of the Urhobo and Isoko of the Niger Delta of Nigeria. It critically examine the practice of returning the corpse of the married woman to the homestead of her family rather than bury her in her husband’s homestead. This practice has over the years been questioned and interrogated and calls for scrutiny. The paper argues that social change factors and processes have introduced continuous changes in the Urhobo and Isoko with regards to the funeral ceremony and have greatly been affected. The practice has been perceived as that which promotes Patriarchal dominance. The paper adopts the historical and analytical model, deploying both primary and secondary data in interrogating the practice of returning the corpse of the married woman to the homestead of her family rather than bury her in her husband’s homestead and avers that if not properly handled, it could affect intergroup relation. The paper, therefore, concludes that this trend is posing a serious threat to peaceful and harmonious intergroup relation among families that indulged in inter-tribal marriage. It recommends among others, that the Urhobo and Isoko should be re-socialized properly to flow with modernity in this aspect of their culture.

Keywords
cultural practice, family bonding, intergroup relation, Patriarchal dominance ritual, Niger Delta

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How to Cite
Okpevra, U. B. (2022). The return of the woman corpse in the funeral rites of the Urhobo and Isoko culture of Nigeria in historical perspective. International Journal of Arts and Humanities, 3(1), 111-117. https://doi.org/10.25082/IJAH.2022.01.004

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