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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://bsuir.bsum.edu.ng:8080/jspui/handle/11409/389

Keywords: THEOLOGY
Issue Date: Oct-2012
Publisher: NONE
Citation: NONE
Series/Report no.: NONE;NONE
Abstract: Sacrifice which is the major religio-cultural phenomenon, has been relegated to the background and branded paganistic by missionaries and Western investigators. Its beneficiaries hardly own it publicly, because of ignorance and shame, thus resulting to some level of hypocrisy. This ugly trend if not checked may lead to total extinction of sacrifice, or render it moribund. This study explores the theology of sacrifice in (gala religion and examines its intrinsic values, its potency and its object thereby placing it in its proper perspective. The study adopted the methodologies of participatory observation, oral interview and documented literatures which constitute the secondary sources of information. Based on phenomenological, anthropological, interpretative, evaluative and analytical tools, the study reveals among other things some impediments that may jeopardize the ontology of sacrifice. Such impediments include Western civilization, formal education and improved medical services. The study reveals that the final object of sacrifice that has hitherto been thought to be divinities, spirits and ancestors is Ojo Odobogagwu (the Supreme God), and that the other religious realities mentioned are just intermediaries between the people and Ojo. The study recommended that the (gala should avoid religious levity and take the religion of their people seriously. The trado-christians should shun hypocrisy and defend the faith of their progenitors with zeal in all its ramifications. The work is not a plea for reversal to atavistic tendencies of sacrifice. As long as the (gala exist, they will continue to offer sacrifices as a sign of their dependence on God. Though the forms may change with time, yet the aspect of sacrifice in their religion will continue to be patronized.
URI: http://bsuir.bsum.edu.ng:8080/jspui/handle/11409/389
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