Benin monarch begins spiritual rites to ward-off evil

Benin monarch begins spiritual rites to ward-off evil

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The Benin monarch, His Royal Majesty, Oba Ewuare II has began the public performance of Ugie-Odudua in remembrance of the return of Oranmiyan, son of Odudua to his ancestral land of Benin kingdom.

FILE: HIS ROYAL MAJESTY, OBA EWUARE II ASSISTED BY PALACE FUNCTIONARIES AT A TRADITIONAL CEREMONY ALSO KNOWN AS UGIE

The 14-day programme of activities spiritual rites, which started during the reign of Oba Esigie at about 1504 AD, is met to ward-off evil, ‘untimely deaths’, usher-in peace, progress and development in Edo State.

On Wednesday, drummers pounded rhythmically at the sacred Ugha-Ehengbuda palace ground at the palace in Benin City, Edo State Capital, as adherents and other guests watch the traditional cultural scenery with excitement.

Ugie-Oduduwa rite, which is synonymous with Ovia deity, featured ritual dance by seven sacred masquerades led by Chief Osa and Osuan, as Ogbelaka Royal drummers supplied the needed spiritual rendition

Addressing newsmen on the essence of the festival, the Osa and Osuan of Benin kingdom, Chief John Usen and Chief Ambrose Osuan who were present at the Ceremony, explained that the rite would be further use to cleanse the land and fortify the kingdom against any invasion.

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