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FUNERAL RITES OF ANCESTORS IN OGBA LAND

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This is a research finding on the funeral rites of ancestors in Ogbaland; Rivers State Nigeria. Death is a mystery which has engaged the attention of scholars all over the world. No doubt there are attempts by scientific research to proffer a solution to the phenomenon of death, but it has been a failure. All must die physically. By way of advancement in research, religious scholars are aware that some religious rites cold be performed to prolong life on earth. These rites are either by prayer, sacrificial rite or magico-religious rites. But it is certain that longevity cannot be everlasting on earth, hence conclusively scientific and religious research findings hold that all human beings in time must face death. Now the Ogbas treat theirs particularly a-would be ancestor forms the attention of this discourse. Elaborate religious rites or funeral rites of a-would be ancestor would be fully discussed in this article.
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