ORO CULT: THE TRADITIONAL WAY OF POLITICAL ADMINISTRATION, JUDICIARY SYSTEM AND RELIGIOUS CLEANSING AMONG THE PRE-COLONIAL YORUBA NATIVES OF NIGERIA

Abstract

Author(s): Okunola Rashidi AKANJI, Ojo, Matthias Olufemi DADA

Cultism served as an important mechanism through which political, Judiciary and religious lives of African societies were actualized before their contacts with colonial masters. This article Xrayed the Oro Cult among the Yoruba natives of the south – western part of Nigeria in actualization of the objectives of political administration, Judiciary system and religious cleansing among these people . Prompted by relevant archival sources and existing literature, the article examined the composition of the membership of Oro Cult, the festival and other ceremonies attached to the cult, the political function of the cult, the Judiciary power to investigate and punish offenders and the religious function of the cult in cleansing of individuals and communities from evils. The article recommends intensive research into the pre-colonial political systems, judiciary systems, religious lives and the economic lives of the Africans, south of the Saharan.

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