A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF THE HOLY EUCHARIST AND EMU R'IYE EGO

Authors

  • Peter O. Awharemuaire Delta State University
  • Festus O. Omosor Delta State University

Keywords:

Christian Eucharist, Urhobo, Emu-Iye, Meal, African Religion, Culture

Abstract

Most Christians perceive the Emu r'iye ego (meal of sacrifice or sacrificial meal) in Urhobo traditional religion as fetishism. At the same time, some Urhobo regard the Holy Eucharist as an external religious custom. This misunderstanding necessitates a comparative examination of both meals. The thrust of this article is to compare and contrast the Holy Eucharist and Emu r'iye ego in Urhobo traditional religion. To achieve this objective, the study employs descriptive and comparative research methods, including using a structured questionnaire. The study sampled 177 participants from 24 Urhoboland kingdoms, selected randomly from various cities and villages, and analyzed the data collected using a basic percentage formula. Results show that both meals have a religio-spiritual essence in their different contexts, and both meals are also similar in terms of fostering communal union, divine-human communion, and moral regeneration in human society. The paper concludes that even though the two rituals vary in terms of approach and methods, the Holy Eucharist and Emu r'iye ego are both demonstrations of personal and communal devotion and peace brokerage

 

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Published

2023-11-25

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