Achebe, Chinwe. The world of the Ogbanje

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: The world of the Ogbanje

Published By: Original publisher Enugu, Nigeria: Fourth Dimension Publishers. 1986. iv, 68 p. ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication by Chinwe Achebe

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2003. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Igbo (FF26)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Magical and mental therapy (755); Religious beliefs (770); Magicians and diviners (791); Congregations (794); Ethnopsychology (828);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document Ogbanje is a 'personality disorder' that describes someone who is not true to their god-given nature and talents, in spite of an excess of good attributes. Ogbanje can be extraordinarily handsome or beautiful, achieve meteoric success, but die prematurely without making any lasting mark. They are believed to be part human and part spirit; their fate entwined with one of two spirits who intercepted them at birth and renegotiated their fate to include serving them in the world. In exchange they are given fame, wealth, or beauty, but always a short life. Achebe reviews the Igbo cosmology, creation myths, and the concept of CHI, which is the divine, creative spark imbued in persons by the supreme deity CHI UKWA. NNE MMIRI and ONABULUWA are the spirits whose pacts contradict a person's CHI and create the alienated personality of the ogbanje.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 37

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. ff26-037

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 67-68)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1982

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Psychologist-4, 5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Ian Skoggard ; 2001

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1982

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Anambra State, Nigeria

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Igbo (African people)


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