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Ibo Tribe Medicine

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Krystal Espinoza

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In the Ibo medicine there was a lack of modern medicine.
Someone gets sick before they are able to know whats going on, so the medicine men must guess how long they have to survive.
part of the reason that the Ibo tribe didn't have many medications is due to the fact that they had little knowledge of the diseases and what causes them. They would praise to the spirits to try to obtain knowledge of how to cure whats affecting them.
Ibo Tribe Medicine
Ibo medicine
The Ibo tribe look upon deaths very differently then others. Some deaths such as swelling are an abomination to the Earth goddess. When a man gets swelling in the stomach and the limbs, he is not allowed to die in the house, he is carried out to the Evil forest to be left to die. If a mother has twins they are carried together to the Evil forest to die because twins are not accepted. Sometimes when people of rank die they have a different burial ritual as compared to those of lower rank.
The Ibo tribe didn't use pills or drinks to cure them when their sick like we do. The Ibe were extremely religious people and believed in getting better by preforming rituals. They believe that they may even need to offer their goods to the gods.
Medicine men had to be trained before they were allowed to start attempting to cure citizens, much like doctors now. They learned how to make medicine from the native plants and the benefits each plant had. But like the rest of the Ibo culture, the medicine men knew very little about diseases. Although the medicine men are the ones preparing and giving the medicine, they don't believe the medicine themselves are whats curing the sick. they believe it was a spiritual aspect that was allowing the herbs to cure the sick.
By: Krystal Espinoza
Ibo medicine is similar to other native medicine practices.
They use herbs and other plants to make their medicines.
Before modern medicine, villages practiced medicine through a medicine man and believed that there was a connection between religion and healing.
Ibo medicine
Medicine men
No knowledge
Sick in the Ibo tribe
If someone is sick at home, healers are widely consulted for ritual cures. You would first have your family try the family herbs and then when it didn't work you would then be taken to the medicine man which have next to nothing of working in which you would be dead.
Consulting the oracle and other god beings is very common in trying to find the source of the illness.The family of the ill feels its their obligation to find the source of where it came from.

Our medicine vs. Ibo medicine
We have sanitary operating rooms. While they have one or two huts where the healing is done.
we rely on surgery and medical substance. While they believe that if you give gifts to the gods then you will heal faster and easier. We have pills to numb the pain. While they have no easily accessible pain killers in bottles, they have to make herbal ones and it may not even work.
Medicine in our culture
Now a days we know that spirituals rituals and crushed herds don't work well. we use antibiotics and surgery to cure medical problems.
there is no lack in modern medicine. all medicine is based off scientific facts.
Examples from things fall apart
The Ibo people believed that if they got ill, it meant that they had upset their chi and that had caused evil spirits to create sickness within them.
" An ogbanje is a wicked child who continually renters its mothers womb only to die again and again, causing its parents grief. "
" Every clan and village had its evil forest. In it were buried all those who died of the really evil disease like small pox "

Quotes
" as he took his machete and went into the bush to collect the leaves and grasses and barks of trees that went into asking the medicine for Iba "
" The medicine men told him that the child was an ogbanje, one of those wicked children who, when they died, entered their mothers wombs to be born again "
" Where do you sleep with your wife, in your obi or in her hut? asked the medicine man. In her hut. " In the future call her into your own. "
Ibo funeral rights
Sources
Questions
* What are their medicines made from?
* (True/False) medicine men have to be trained.
* (True/False) all people are barried the same.
* What is it that they believe heals them?
* What do they call the child that enters his mothers womb again and again and keeps dieing?
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* Iroegbu, Patrick. "Book Review: Healing Insanity: A Study of Igbo Medicine in Contemporary Nigeria - ChatAfrik." Chatafrik Home - ChatAfrik. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://chatafrik.com/special/review/book-review/book-review-healing-insanity-a-study-of-igbo-medicine-in-contemporary-nigeria#.UwJz0kCYbDc>.
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