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Effects Of Traditional Culture

By Ambrose Ekhosuehi

Traditional culture is a design for the living and the bedrock of cultural coexistences. Traditional culture are many of which this generation should do a lot to identify with. That the society and the nature through experience and intellectual knowledge to which a person is fully integrated with life.

Traditional culture is a life experience of one generation that is added to proceeding generation handed down as social wisdom of past heritage and present life which impels a person to look back for performance and stability and to look forward for change and development through action of cultural heritage that binds the people together.

The effect of traditional culture is honorific of beliefs or practice handed down from generation to generation thus binding the people from their aboriginal development. It is the cultural heritage of the people.

Cultural heritage emphasis more on community living and sharing. Cultural heritage sees everything in relation to supreme deity. This is why in the culture, people value decency, and are encouraged to be truthful, sincere, honest and just.

Traditional culture have to do with the entire way of life, the people, their music, their dances, greetings, values, beliefs, recreations and many elaborate festivals. They believe that visitors are bearers of blessings and that whoever welcomes visitors, welcomes peace and blessing from God. Respect for elders is highly emphasised.

People believe that life comes from Almighty God and has a transcended dimension. They uphold the tradition of life and anything that harms life is strongly condemned and avoided.

Elders are seen as both spiritual and moral guides, and are esteemed as figures of wisdom. Everyone older than another is highly revered by the younger people as an elder.

Traditional culture practices mystical and consists in subjecting the relationships between persons in daily life to fixed rules in a particular state of affairs and is bound to a particular set of consequences.
Purity of life is .a virtue highly priced and honoured, especially, chastity expressed in virginity, marital fidelity and decency in dressing.

explained in myths or legend symbolized by the Earth and the sky. The sky symbolized order and permanence because it regulates the unchanging parts of the pattern of people’s lives, night, day, and the season.

Consequently, the sun and the gods of the sky were seen as imposing regimen on the earth. The myth was widely told that the earth quarreled with the sky. The sky withheld rain, so much that life on earth began to dry up. The earth sent a bird to the sky and the bird interceded on behalf of the earth. The sky relented and sent rain.

Despite the fact that the sky could harm life on earth, the earth was in fact the source of life-force. Its messenger, the bird had a particular significant as an arbiter of power. In certain tradition, the king and his palace are seen as the force or power preserved on behalf of the people, therefore greater respect and homage should be accorded.

* If traditional culture asserted a value, it was the cultivation of a life-force; for the fact that the traditional culture of the earth is concerned with life giving force which is to be found in certain ceremony with the symbol of beliefs.

The fertility of the earth and the fertility of the people were in focus. On one hand, there is, a striving of the earth’s fertility towards innovation and change, and on the order hand, there is the attempt of the rulers to impose order and hold society to its obligations to obey a fixed pattern of rule and order.
Traditional culture, in some instances have, a lion as a symbol of strength, a leopard as a symbol of skill, a fox as symbol of agile mind. An otter is a symbol of intelligence. A hatchet (uhanbo) bow and arrow is a symbol of justice. A cross-bow (Ekpede) is a symbol of life-force.

The effect of traditional culture therefore, credited the traditional rulers to perceive matter which embrace the whole people and consequently, expressed particular personality to also embrace the whole community.

The symbols were used in the rites concerning the whole society, more so, on such occasions to be able to detect the destructive forces in the society. On the other hand, there are festivals leading to the worship of Divine deities; gods and collective ancestors.

The harmonious spirits of the people gradually convey the ancient knowledge that is designed for the living and the bedrock of cultural co-existence due to the effect of traditional culture. .

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