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Igbo Elephant Tusk

Igbo Elephant Tusk and Meaning In Culture

Igbo Elephant Tusk and Meaning In Culture – The ultimate emblem of social prestige in Igboland is the du-Okike or Okike (Elephant Tusk).

It is worn by titled people and is related with cosmological and theological ideas in Igboland; hence, Chukwu okike signifies God the Great Creator.

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Igbo Elephant Tusk
Igbo Elephant Tusk

The elephant is the largest and most powerful animal in the wild, and its size is metaphorically equated with that of God.

It is a revered animal, and that reverence and magnificence is translated to the social status symbols manifested in the z named men.

Enyi, the elephant, is not a common animal and should not be treated as such. In #Igbo tradition, acquiring its tusk indicates the end of social achievement, implying figuratively that God-Chukwu, as elephant, is behind my success.
Okike implies creativity, which includes procreation, to an Igbo man.

As a result, an okike is only blown on special occasions that represent riches and authority. It is employed for the titleship installations, ofala, and large festivals.

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