AUTHOR: OJIEKWE, EPHRAIM CHINEDU
DEPARTMENT RELIGION AND HUMAN RELATIONS
AFFILIATION: NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY AWKA
The belief in the worship of Okekparakpara deity is entrenched in Igbo traditional religion. Okekparakpara is a spirit-force that is believed to be very vibrant, active and highly dreaded by the worshippers. The deity punishes miscreants and rewards good people by favouring them. It encourages socio-religious interaction especially during its numerous ceremonies and celebrations. Thus, its worship is very essential and paramount to the people of Enugu-Agu Achi. This act of worship in its effect, were meant to unify and increase the sense of belonging among them. However, the various phenomena of the deity tend to be gender and family discriminatory. This seems to pose an enigma to the much needed socio-religious relationships among family members, community members and friends. This work therefore, is an attempt to investigate the origin, nature of Okekparakpara deity and its link with the Enugu-Agu Achi culture. Also, it is to examine its socio-religious influence on the worshippers in this era of modernization and globalization. The study was based on Social Cognitive Theory and Self-Efficacy by Enugu-Agu Achi people as a framework. The designs of the study were survey. Both primary and secondary sources were used for data collection and interpreted using areaculture approach. The work found out that modernization and globalization have affected the worship of Okekparakpara deity socio-religiously. Also, there are some culturally restricted norms and customs which promote discrimination among the worshippers. The findings were presented by the use of descriptive analytical tools like frequency tables, pie-charts and histograms. The study made some recommendations which would hopefully address observed anomalies.
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