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Legend of the Walking Dead: Igbo Mythologies
Nigerian Death Legends
Come Alive in ‘Legend of the Walking Dead’
The world of the traditional Igbo society of Nigeria is a world in which the dead visit and interact easily with the living. It is also a world in which most of the time the living are at the mercy of the gods.
When 15-year-old Osondu goes missing, his mother searches for her son and faces the same fate. Now they are both missing. There is a thin line dividing the land of the living and the land of the dead, so thin that spirits from both lands coexist. And sometimes in the story, it is difficult to differentiate between the living and the dead. Both have bodies, with the living existing in their bodies, while the dead use borrowed bodies.
Legend of the Walking Dead: Igbo Mythologies is a fascinating journey into the mysteries of life and death of the Igbos. The book draws readers into the Igbo people’s ancient and traditional beliefs of life and death.
LEGEND OF THE WALKING DEAD: IGBO MYTHOLOGIES
In the Legend of the Walking Dead: Igbo Mythologies, the author talks about Igbo ancient and traditional beliefs about life and death. There is a very thin line dividing the land of the living and the land of the dead, so thin that spirits from both lands coexist.
The gods are ever present, in control, and minister to the both the living and the dead. This is because the gods minister to the spirits, and not the bodies that harbor them, and so, to the gods, the spirits of both the living and the dead are ever alive.
(Excerpt from the book)
On the Banks of Ezu Lake
Osondu’s friends said they went to the banks of Ezu to play and fish, and he wandered off by himself. One minute he was there and the next minute he was gone. They called him and searched the bushes to no avail.
“Ezu has taken him,” one of them said, and they ran home to inform his mother.
“I’m finished!” cried Gloria, Osondu’s mother, when she heard the news, then she sent for the women of the Gathering. These women received a lot of calls from people who needed prayers or help for one thing or the other. This time, the call was from one of their own.
While she waited, Gloria paced, wrung her hands and fought back tears, her dinner prepa-rations forgotten. “I will see him again. We will get him back,’ she muttered repeatedly to herself until some semblance of calm returned.
That evening, the twelve members of The Gathering walked along the narrow paved road, built by early missionaries, to the clearing in the park near Ezu’s bank where Osondu’s friends had last seen him.
Tree logs, placed like bridges over the deep gullies, bordered the lake side of the road, and high stone walls and German mango trees lined the other side. The children with their man-go-filled baskets had all gone home by the time the women walked by. A few travelers passed going in the other direction: a family on foot, a man on a bicycle and one lone car they had to make way for.
Keen to get started, Gloria lead the party into the park. She walked across the lush green grass and stared at the lake nestled in a huge crater and surrounded by thick forest.
Though deep blue and calm on the surface, dark, murky water filled the depths below. Ezu was notorious for swallowing things—even humans. People had dived into Ezu and never returned. No one knew how many people had tried to retrieve something from Ezu and in the process, disappeared. No one swum in Ezu.
The seemingly placid lake had no outlets so did not flow, but at night, the water rumbled and spat waves high onto the banks. Anyone near ran the risk of being taken by the waves and pulled into the depths of the lake. Gloria took a step back. The lake was suspected to be the gateway to another dimension.
She turned her back on the monster and joined the women to pray and make supplications for the return of Osondu. She stepped into the last space in the circle of women and, with great passion, added her voice to the others. Each woman shouted their prayer of authority over and against the evil forces in Ezu.
Their voices rang through the park and grew louder, but Osondu did not re-appear. Gloria stood facing the lake, and though she willed it to release her son, the water did not even move. Her frustration rose with the sound until she could bear it no more. She left the circle, walked right through the bushes on the edge of the lake and stepped into the water. The lake could not refuse her here.
She cast her voice across the lake, aiming to bind the dark forces and command the water to release her son. With each chant, her voice became stronger, and she stepped deeper into the water.
“Nne Osondu, step back!” one of the women yelled, fearing for Gloria’s life. No one knew exactly where the bottom fell into the depths.
But Gloria continued to advance, until suddenly it seemed that she just dropped out of sight. The women screamed and fired more power-filled prayers. Some dashed forward but were afraid to go close to the water. Someone ran off to get help and returned soon after with men who threw long ropes into the water.
But Gloria did not take the rope.
Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko
Joy Nwosu was born in Enugu, Anambra State of south-eastern Nigeria. Her parents were Charles Belonwu and Deborah Nwosu. She is the fifth in rank of the seven children of her parents. Joy was born into a music family.
Joy, now retired, was a music teacher, trained in Santa Cecilia, Rome, and obtained her Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Michigan, USA.
She has written and published extensively on national and international scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers.
Her short story I Come from Utopia was published in African Voices, Spring/Summer, 2007, pg. 18, and her first English novel; Mirror of Our Lives: Voices of Four Igbo Women was published in 2011, and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Contest in 2012. She has also two books published in the Italian language.
Joy is a trained musician, and taught music for 35 years. She writes, performs, and record folk songs.
Her new book: The Legend of the Walking Dead: Igbo Mythologies, which has just been released, is a journey into the mysteries of life and death of the Igbos of Nigeria. She loves reading romances and mystery stories.
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