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Superstition for the Ibo people provides explanations to unexplained phenomena For example their idea of the obanje explains a woman who has the misfortune of many children repeatedly dying as infants The Oracle gives the Ibo people a way to feel connected with the gods For the Ibo the Oracle functions as a way to explain events as well as a way to predict the future The Ibo people go to the Oracle for advice In some other cultures people pray to their deity to be guided in the right direction or to understand why things happen the way that they do When the Ibo people want to know what they must do in an unclear situation such as how to handle Ikemefuna they consult the oracle Most superstitions in the Ibo society are based on lack of knowledge about something Superstition in most societies functions as an explanation for that which we cannot explain with science or logic It also functions sometimes as a form of entertainment and as a way of promoting cultural unity For example the ritual involving ancestral spirits coming out to scare the women serves to promote togetherness in the community to entertain and to maintain religious and spiritual worship Another superstition that the Ibo hold is that if you answer yes to a call from outside it could be an evil spirit tricking you It seems to be that this superstition serves a main purpose of making the people wary Superstitions evolve from unanswered questions In Ibo culture things happened that the people did not understand A woman would bear two children who looked alike Perhaps the Ibo people were afraid of this occurrence and gradually began to believe that twins were evil There is also the Ibo concept of the obanje a wicked child who dies as an infant only to reenter the mothers womb repeatedly causing the parents pain and strife Without modern medical technology how would
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