Legend of the Walking Dead: Igbo Mythologiesby Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko
There is a very thin line dividing the land of the living and the land of the dead, so thin that spirits from both lands coexist. Sometimes,
Legend of the Walking Dead: Igbo Mythologies is a journey into the mysteries of life and death of the Igbos of Nigeria. The book draws readers into the Igbo people's ancient and traditional beliefs about life and death.
There is a very thin line dividing the land of the living and the land of the dead, so thin that spirits from both lands coexist. Sometimes, during the story, it is difficult to differentiate between the living and the dead. Both have bodies; the living existing in their bodies, while the dead exist in (are using) borrowed bodies.
Fifteen-year-old Osondu has disappeared. His mother goes searching for her son and faces the same fate. She too goes missing.
The gods are ever present, in control, and minister to both the living and the dead. This is because the gods minister to the spirits, not the bodies that harbor them. To the gods, the spirits of both the living and the dead are ever alive.
The world of the traditional Igbo society is a world in which the dead visit and interact easily with the living. It is also a world in which most of the time the living are at the mercy of the gods.
Now retired, Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko of Nigeria was a music teacher trained in Santa Cecilia, Rome. She obtained her Ph.D. in music education from the University of Michigan. She has written books, and published extensively in national and international scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers.
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Legend Of The Walking Dead tells the story of two people living out the mythological beliefs of the Igbo culture in Nigeria. Osondu and his mother, Gloria, both find themselves in another dimension after falling through a spiritual and sacredly regarded lake. While they struggle to determine if they are still alive, the walking dead, or simply spirits, they encounter other people who have gone through the same experience. As they try to figure out their new lives away from home, they come to understand the mythologies they grew up learning in their culture. For readers who are not familiar with Igbo culture, the book is very clear and open to education. Nobody will be lost in this very thrilling and interesting tale that encounters death and the life beyond. Gloria and Osondu go to a world that is the opposite of Earth. In this spirit world, they find guidance from friends who wish to help them. Osondu is able to return home, only to discover that is no longer where he belongs. He then transcends into a spiritual journey with responsibilities to the whole universe. He has special powers that make him realize that life beyond death should not be feared. Gloria soon follows in his footsteps, and the reader watches her journey to spirituality as a difficult task is placed in front of her. This book is so satisfying because it helps readers understand death according to this culture. We come to appreciate the characters and want them to be happy. While at first they feel they can only be happy if they are able to return home, we learn through a few interesting encounters that the world of the living is no place for spirits to linger. They try to interact with a few different members of their families but learn that they only bring heartache and distrust. While they remain curious travelers, the reader is able to answer religious questions such as why ghosts would not return to Earth after death. People of any background can appreciate the knowledge of this book. Lo-Bamijoko entices audience to many different worlds with beautiful creativity and adventure. There are lands of talking plants and rainbow people. The reader also sees how Christianity has an influence on Igbo culture, which leads to questions of imperialism and how religion and culture come to coexist. This book is worth the read and will inspire as many questions as it answers. Nikki Toner Apex Reviews