Islam was Majorly Practiced in Igbo Land before Colonization – Research Shows
A research performed by Caleb Fulsom, Axel Caballero, Jonathan Hernandez, Francisco shows that half of Igbo were Muslims before colonization of Nigeria by the British.
Igbo people had several gods with Chukwu as the most important, creator of all
Ala is the Earth Goddess, productivity of land.
Igwe is the Sky god.
Igbo people had many other gods as well for wealth, river, yams, drums, etc.
Human sacrifices were seen as something cultural to their religion.
Because of spiritual beliefs, the Igbo believed that sacrifice pleased ancestors.
Gods would give blessing through sacrifice.
The receiver of all sacrifices was Chuwku.
Pre-colonial Places of Worship
Worshiped the Earth Spirit at shrines called: Mbari.
People went to oracle houses where priests would teach them about the gods and spirits.
Used many wooden figures to represent gods.
Post-colonial Igbo Gods
Colonists stripped the Igbo of traditional beliefs and replaced them with Christian ideals.
Igbo people were taught to believe in Jesus Christ and that there was one god that created all.