The Nri Kingdom of Umueri

The Nri Kingdom of Umueri
The Nri Kingdom of Umueri

The people of Igboland have a creation myth which is one of the many creation myth that exists in various parts of Igbo land. The and Aguleri people are in territory of the Umueri clan who trace their lineages back to the patriarchal king- figure “Eri”. Eri's origin are unclear, though he has been described as a sky being sent by Chukwu (God). He has been characterized as having first given societal order to the people of Anambra. The historian Elizabeth Allo Isichei says “Nri and Aguleri” are part of the Umueri clan, a chister of Igbo village groups which traces its origin to a sky- being called Eri. Archeological evidence suggests that Nri hegemony in Igbo land may go back as far as the 9th century, and royal burial have been unearthed dating to at least the 10th century. Eri the god- like founder of Nri is believed to have settled in the region around 948 AD with other Igbo cultures following after in the 13th century. The first Eze Nri (King of Nri), Ifikuanim followed directly after him. According to Igbo oral tradition, his reign started in 1043 AD. At least one historian puts Ifikuanim' reign much later, around 1225 AD.
“Each king traces his origin back to his founding ancestor, Eri. Each king is a reproduction of Eri. The initiation rite of a new king shows that the ritual rite of becoming Exenri (Nri priest- king) follows closely the path traced by the hero in establishing the Nri kingdom”.
The kingdom of Nri was a religio- polity, a sort of theocratic state, that developed in the central heartland of the Igbo region. The Nri had seven types of taboos which include human (such as the birth of twins), animals (such as killing or eating of Phytons), object, temporal, behavioral,speech and place taboos. This meant that while certain Igbo may have live under different administration, all followers of Igbo religion had to abide by the rules of the faith and obey its representative on earth the Eze Nri.

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