Altar to Chief Isekhure's Ancestors


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Altar to Chief Isekhure's Ancestors
© D. Anthony Mahone

This family ancestral altar is dedicated to the previous titleholders, who were all relations: the title devolves onto the oldest son. When an Isekhure dies, his son "plants" his altar and has a wooden ukhurhe staff carved in his memory. The staffs are leaned against when not in use, but the chief will hold them in prayer, calling upon the ancestors for blessings or curses.

This altar is just inside the passage from the front door, positioned within a niche. The palm fiber fringe hung above is a screen to prevent the shrine's spiritual pollution, while the wooden chiefs' heads that flank the altar are for decoration.


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