Traditional Methods of Preserving Dead Human Bodies in Southeastern Nigeria

Emeka E. Okonkwo, Afamefuna P. Eyisi


Traditional methods of preserving dead human bodies have been of immense importance in many societies. This practice has been sustained for thousands of years for cultural, religious and socio-environmental reasons. Although there is dearth of literature on the preservation of dead bodies in Nigeria, ethnographic evidences revealed that the tradition is still practised in parts of Igboland. This paper examines the traditional methods employed by the people of Southeast Nigeria in preserving dead human bodies and argues that the tradition can be harnessed for cultural tourism, while promoting the culture of the people.

Key Words: Traditional preservation, Dead human bodies, Embalmment, Southeastern Nigeria.

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