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The Water Goddess in Igbo Cosmology

The Water Goddess in Igbo Cosmology

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This in-depth exploration delves into the rituals, beliefs, and social organization associated with the worship of a water Goddess among the Igbo people of Lake Oguta in southeastern Nigeria. Focusing on the rituals of women's power, the study unveils the significance of this form of Mammy Wata found in coastal Western Africa. Drawing on extensive research spanning many years, the analysis of this influential Goddess makes a significant contribution to African female ritual studies, a field that has long been overlooked by scholars.

Dr. Simon Ottenberg from the University of Washington, Seattle, remarks, "To the best of my knowledge, this is the most informative study yet on the Water Goddess in Igbo cosmology, and it seems poised to remain for a long time, the most authoritative work on the subject." Dr. Ernest N. Emenyonu from the University of Michigan, Flint, adds, "Produced with the cultural sensitivity and thoroughness of a seasoned ethnographer and an accomplished filmmaker, this long-awaited interdisciplinary work is a study of confluences on a grand scale."

Ogbuide, the Lake Goddess, exerts influence in an environment where the force and adaptability of water play a determining role in commerce, artistic expression, gender relations, and communal life. Positioned at the confluence of the rivers Niger and Urashi, Ogbuide (Oguta Lake) serves as a metaphor for intersections, revealing the intricate weaving of diverse elements such as myths, symbols, aesthetics, customs, medicine, spirituality, religion, history/histories, literature, and ecology, as highlighted by Obioma Nnaemeka from Indiana University, Indianapolis.

Dr. Michael C. Mbabuike from Hostos Community College of the City University of New York commends the book as "a brilliantly researched and documented must-read for all serious scholars and researchers of Africa and its various cultures, religious beliefs, and practices, especially the adoratory worship of the Water Goddess in the Oguta riverine areas of southeastern Nigeria."
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