Benin Residents Can’t Do Burial Until Oba Erediauwa Is Buried, All Men Ordered To Shave Their Heads

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May 4, 2016 – Benin Residents Can’t Do Burial Until Oba Erediauwa Is Buried, All Men Ordered To Shave Their Heads

The Benin Traditional Council has called on residents of Benin kingdom to bury their dead ones as all funeral rites would be prohibited from the date of the announcement of burial ceremonies (Emwinekhua) of late Oba Erediauwa.

Chief Sam Igbe, the Iyase of Benin Kingdom, who disclosed this in Benin on Wednesday said that the Emwinekhua would soon be announced.

Igbe also urged all residents to be law abiding and respect the custom and tradition of the people.

The Benin Traditional Council has warned that all male citizens of Benin Kingdom, both at home and in Diaspora, who fail to clean-shave the hair on their heads, in obedience to Benin traditional burial rite of the transited Monarch of the Kingdom, will face the wrath of the ancestors.

The Council gave the warning on Wednesday in Benin while announcing to journalists that the burial rites for the Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolopkolo, Oba Erediauwa, who recently joined his ancestors, would soon commence.

The Prime Minister and Iyase of Benin Kingdom, Chief Sam Igbe, who the Council, said while no one would be forced to comply with the directive, all male citizens of the Kingdom are expected to respect the custom and tradition of Benin Kingdom as they are expected to clean shave their heads with effect from 29th April, 2016.

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17 thoughts on “Benin Residents Can’t Do Burial Until Oba Erediauwa Is Buried, All Men Ordered To Shave Their Heads

  1. That is their custom. As long as it is not mine, and that they don’t force it on visitors amongst them, I don’t have a problem with that. As the wrath of the ancestors, that is only for those who believe.

  2. Customs and every deadly traditions are made by wicked men/women which they want people to obey, but they refused to obey the LORD’S 10 commandments. Nonsense.

  3. This is custom and tradition in its entirety in this 21st century? all men in the city and outside must clean shave their heads.This is highly barbaric.

  4. Metu, may you never find yourself in a place where if the king die they would be looking for seven fresh heads most of which are STRANGERS to bury their king all in the name of one achiac babaric God punish them custom.

    Question, you still dont have any problem with that? @ METU.

    I take a stroll…

  5. things like this still happens y keeping d dead king to punish other people with ur custom nd traditions looking for people to bury with the king rubbish

  6. It’s silly and unreasonable to command every male to shave his hair irrespective of his religion. They should understand that African tradition is basically rooted in its religion and worship,while Christianity is rooted in tradition and practices led down by Christ irrespective of ethnicity and tribe. Even Muslims have their traditions and practices rooted in what were led down by prophet Mohammed. The earlier people understand that the better for our peaceful coexistence.

  7. Foolishness of the highest order..
    In this modern times we are in?
    Things like this still exist..

  8. @Hunter, if they bury their kings with human heads–and I bet they do–then that, in deed, is seriously barbaric. But since the question is not yet about losing your head but just your hairs, I am not offended with it, as it were. And again, if they leave people to freely comply at will, then I do not think that propriety has been breached. It is only when they compel every male, including strangers amongst them, to abide by that ritual order, that we may speak of it as a barbaric thing.

  9. @Hunter, if they bury their kings with human heads–and I bet they do–then that, in deed, is seriously barbaric. But since the question is not yet about losing your head but just your hairs, I am not offended with it, as it were. And again, if they leave people to freely comply at will, then I do not think that propriety has been breached. It is only when they compel every male, including strangers amongst them, to abide by that ritual order, that we may speak of it as a barbaric thing.

  10. The reason why they want every Benin male to shave their heads is to distinguish those who are not of Benin origin so they can get as many heads as they need to bury the king. It is unfortunate that in this day and age while other people/nations are progressing, in Nigeria the reverse is the case. Like Maryf said “they refuse to obey the 10 commandments but obey the deadly wicked traditions”. It is a shame. Why prevent others not to bury their dead until the king is buried? Why mandate every male in Benin and abroad to clean shave their hair? Travelers should please avoid spending the night in Benin as spending the night in Benin at this time will be at your own risk. May God help us in that country.

  11. Hope innocent person’s life will not be a victim of circustances for d buria of d oba of benin

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