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Title: The Esoteric and Cultural Relevance of Alekwu Afia Masquerade and the Eje-Alekwu Festival among the Otukpo
Other Titles: The Performer, Unilorin Journal of the Performing Arts
Authors: ODEH, Lemuel Ekedegwa
Keywords: Esoteric, Cultural Relevance, Alekwu Afia, Masquerade, Eje-Alekwu, Festival, Otukpo
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Published by the Department of the Performing Arts, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria
Abstract: This paper examines the Alekwu Afia masquerade and the role the masquerade played in the life now and beyond and how this has also helped in synthesising a critical segment of idoma society, the Otukpo people. the Otukpo people place the entire belief in the Alekwu Afia deity and believe that death is inevitable. In addition, death is not natural and there must be a causation of death. this may come in form of old age, sickness or accident. Consequently, this study adopts a historic-structural, analytical and systematic approaches in carrying out research on esoteric and cultural relevance of Alekwu Afia. Findings have revealed that Alekwu Afia, aside from determining the life and after life of the average Otukpo man, it also possessed a drama of life with clear aesthetic elements soothing the soul of man.
ISSN: 1595-0972
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