In a quite interesting turnout of events, a video which shows the moment a python received a sacrifice at a river in Anambra state has been shared online.
In the video, a couple of traditionalists are seen praying at the river bank as the said python received the sacrifice that was offered to it.
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A while ago we reported of a town, Enugwu Ukwu town in Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State which is said to derive its name from its geographical topography. It perches like a bird on top of a big hill, looking down on the earth.
The town is culturally buoyant, even as it has embraced modernity in all ramifications. Consider this: All over Enugwu Ukwu and beyond, pythons are like beautiful brides. They must not be hurt or killed. In fact, it is a taboo to do harm to pythons there. There are dire consequences for hurting the creature.
Daily Sun visited Enugwu Ugwu and had an encounter with Pa Francis Anisiobi, from Urunnebo village. He is a traditional doctor and chief priest of the Ngene deity, which owns the pythons.
Explaining why pythons are not killed in Enugwu Ukwu, the chief priest said,
“Our forefathers came into the world and saw that pythons were not killed in this area because the pythons belonged to the shrine. And whoever killed it would be enveloped by problems. Whoever kills a python in Umunri as a whole will be required to do certain things to free himself from the disastrous consequences of the act. First, some native doctors will be consulted for divination, and he will be told what to do. He will organise burial rites for the python and bury it at Ajoagwa Arusi. The burial rites include bringing goat and chicken that will be taken to the shrine. After that, if the person is having problems, they will stop.”