Traditional Religious Festival As Theatre By

Shola Balogun


Oro’ is a secret society whose cultic ceremony is connected with
ancestral worship. Its festival performances begin with the offering
of sacrifices in the shrine known as ‘Igbo Ooto’ (Oro grove).

Though women and the uninitiated are forbidden to witness certain
aspects of the proceedings, the ritual amongst the Yoruba people of
Southwestern Nigeria is embellished with songs and dances.

The purpose for studying this aspect, however, is to deduce how the
indigenous practice can act as a guide towards what constitutes
theatre to the African in comparison with that of ancient Greek’s or
other European traditions.

To further this study, we shall divide it into different phases:

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