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Spiritual Discourse in the Academy

A Globalized Indigenous Perspective

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Njoki Nathani Wane, Francis Akena Adyanga and Ahmed Ali Ilmi

Spiritual Discourse in the Academy focuses on the value of spirituality as a subjugated knowledge from globalized contexts. The book's central tenet is that spirituality is the core of one's intellectual growth and that its inclusion in education acknowledges the sum total of who we are. It not only offers strategies for transformative education, but also embraces global diversity and inclusive education for the twenty-first century.
The book also provides a detailed examination of spirituality from a global context, acknowledges the detrimental legacies of colonialism on indigenous spirituality, knowledge systems, traditional justice systems, and on indigenous peoples. Spiritual Discourse in the Academy reaches out to educators, scholars, and students who are interested in the multiple roles of spirituality in schooling and society at large. It can be used for teaching courses in spirituality, education, religious studies, and cultural studies.
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Chapter Seven: Spirituality as a Strategy for Survival: An Igbo Perspective

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   CHAPTER SEVEN

Spirituality as a Strategy for Survival: An Igbo Perspective

MARY ASHIEDU

INTRODUCTION

Using the Indigenous theoretical framework—since our Indigenous lifestyle is intertwined with spirituality and spirituality is the cohesive network that binds it together—this chapter deals with the various ways that the individual and the community experience and apply spirituality as a strategy for survival. These include prayers, songs, names, spoken words, festivals, pouring of libation and the invocation of the ancestral spirits, service to the community, and generally maintaining a positive, progressive, and cohesive society. Special reference is made to the Igbo people of Nigeria and their close relationship to Chukwu and Chi. In most cases where music is used, it is used as a means of reflection and encouragement. Often, Chi and Chukwu are invoked within the song.

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