Marriage in the Christian and Igbo Traditional Context: Towards an Inculturation

by Emanuel Okonkwo (Author)
©2003 Thesis XIV, 247 Pages


Traditional marriage and Christian marriage rites presently exist as two distinct ceremonies in some parts of Africa. Is there no way of bringing the two together to avoid any form of duplication or multiplication of rite? More so because the Church has always implicitly recognised matrimonial institution as a cultural product. The answer to the above question is located in the whole issue of inculturation. A process that successfully flourished in the Western civilisation and consequently influenced the teaching of the Church on marriage. The answer to our question seeks to establish a marriage rite where couples will genuinely experience the happy marriage between culture and Church. A marriage rite that will fulfil both the traditional and Christian demands.


XIV, 247
ISBN (Softcover)
Hochzeit Traditionale Gesellschaft Inkulturation Heirat Afrikanische Kultur Ibo Christentum Igbo
Frankfurt/M., Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2003. XIV, 247 pp.

Biographical notes

Emanuel Okonkwo (Author)

The Author: Emmanuel Okonkwo from Amaifeke in Imo-state Nigeria is a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Orlu, he studied philosophy and theology in Bigard Memorial Seminary Ikot Ekpene and Enugu Nigeria respectively. He earned his M.A. in theology from the Hochschule der Pallottiner, Vallendar and his doctorate from the Hochschule Sankt Georgen, Frankfurt/Main Germany.


Title: Marriage in the Christian and Igbo Traditional Context: Towards an Inculturation