ANICHE, ALEXANDER (2005) PROBLEMS OF WIDOWHOOD PRACTICE IN IGBO LAND. In: Nigerian Society and Cultural heritage. Fasman Educational & Research Publications, pp. 58-70. ISBN 978-2986-89-5

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Widowhood has become a topical and sensitive global issue because of the ugly practice associated with it. Widowhood is a social status. It befalls a male or a female but it is generally used in reference to females who have lost their husbands, since most men who lose their wives soon abandon this’ status by re-marrying. Remarrying is not easy for women whose husbands have died, which is the beginning of the problem of widowhood. Thompson (1996: 112) defines a widow as a woman whose husband is dead, and has not married again, a wife bereaved of her husband. He further emphasizes that widowhood is the state or condition of a widow or widower. According to Nwoga (1983: 8) “a woman becomes a widow when her husband dies and it is from that point of the death of the husband that widowhood practices start. These practices he defines as sets of expectations to action and behaviour by the widow and rituals performed by or on behalf of the widow from the time of the death of her husband.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences
Depositing User: mrs chioma hannah
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2019 16:17
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