Recall that Igbodefender.com has been emphasizing in various articles over the years that the first Igbos have a Judeo-Nubian (Egyptian) origin.
And today, we will look at those ancient connections with the Jews and Nubian Egyptians from the prism of substitutional atonement, a religious practice known to both cultures.
The Igbo Jewish Connection
Robert Greene wrote in the 48 Laws Of Power that:
On the Day of Atonement, the [Jewish] high priest brings the goat into the
temple, places his hands on its
head, and confesses the people’s sins, transferring guilt to
the guiltless beast, which is
then led to the wilderness and
abandoned, the people’s sins
and blame vanishing with him.
Meanwhile, in Igbo Land, the ritual cleansing for Amadioha, a traditional Igbo deity consists of
transferring the curse to a live goat that is let loose outside of the walls of the community. Rams are also used.
The priestly clan of Amadioha are known as Umuamadi (children of Amadioha).
The Jews also have the priestly clan of Aaron. Aaron was the first High Priest of the Israelites. Knowledge of Aaron has been transmitted to this generation from the Bible, the Quran and a few other books.
Aaron incurred the wrath of Moses when he yielded to pressure and molded a golden calf for the people.
Nubian Egyptian Similarities
Research shows that rams are also used in the Amadioha ritual cleansing. Obi Nwakanma writes that “two studies published by the English colonial anthropologist, M.D.W. Jeffreys, “The Winged Solar Disk, or the Ibo Itchi Scarification Marks” (1951), and “A Triad of gods in Africa,” (1972) explore and affirm these links, and the possible Egyptian origin of the Igbo, and their worship of the Sun god.
“The Igbo still call their first-born sons, “Opa- RA” (priest of the Sun-God, RA). MDW Jeffreys identifies in the symbols of the “Ichi” scarifications carved into the forehead and cheeks of the Igbo titled aristocracy, Ndi Nze, the “sun, moon and the wings and tail of the hawk” and the ram-headed symbol of the “Ikenga,” as associated with ancient Egypt, particularly the winged solar disk symbol of Pharaoh Usertsen III.
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