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Nigeria has a lot of cultural practices, a lot of which have gone into extinction. Explore some of the ancient beliefs of the Yoruba people.

The Yoruba people are a proud cultural group and the largest ethnic group in Nigeria.

They are rich in tradition and culture, which they practice most until today. In the ancient days, every ethnic group had seen the need, in order to keep the land clean, to develop rules that society must live by. Sanitising society and preventing cultural abuses have led to cultural taboos and abominations.

These are something in Yorubaland that should never be done, although some are not unique to the people of Yoruba.

  1. Adultery

The culture of Yoruba prevents a married woman from having sex with a man who isn’t her husband. A man suspecting his wife of cheating may be tempted to lace her with magun, one of Nigeria’s weirdest traditions. Magun might lead her lover to lose his life or to stay in action. This taboo is more critical against women than against men, so it is highly frowned upon for a wife to cheat on her husband.

  1. A king and his royal crown

Kings in Yorubaland are forbidden from looking inside of their royal crown. A king must wear a crown but he must never peer into it. The day he does it is the day he will join his ancestors. Kings could be allowed to do this if they insist on committing suicide.

  1. A strapped baby must never fall from its mother’s back

In Yorubaland, it is an abomination for a baby to fall from the back of his mother. If a male child falls from his mother’s back, it is believed, that he will lose his wife at age, and for a female, when she grows up, a lover will always die on her. If a child falls out of the back of his mother, the mother should perform some rituals in order to prevent the evil that occurs when the child grows up.

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  1. Suicide

Committing suicide is a serious abomination in Yorubaland, and the body must not be lowered down until some sacrifices are performed to appease the gods. The body of such an individual will be thrown into the evil forest or outside the town to avoid invoking the anger of the gods on the land. The family of an individual that commits suicide will be tainted forever in the community.

  1. Same-sex relations

In Yorubaland, this is prohibited. Although it’s practiced by many in Nigeria, it is still considered an abomination in Yorubaland.

 

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