What is Odinaala Igbo?
Odinaala Igbo as the name suggests is a question and a direction-oriented statement implying "is it in the land? or What is in the land/ earth?". 'It is in the land' (Odinaala) (and Not Above -
Heaven, which is in the contrary) is a code-word that the ancient Igbos used to reveal and tell each other about the Way of Life which they ought to continually follow.
As we can observe that everything including man himself has inseparable relationship with the land/earth, which makes Odinaala an academic inquiry, a body of knowledge or philosophy that studies and answers everything that man can observe, which affects his life, both in culture, society, metaphysics, science and technology.
Odinaala is an Igbo indigenous philosophy of nature, man and the society. It is included among the 5 pillars of Igbo conceptual systems, the other four being: NtuAla, NsoAla, IwuAla and OmenaAla. These are the basic blueprint of understanding the classical Igbo socio-political frameworks.
Odinaala studies and explains the other 4 pillars. With its tools and methodologies carefully crafted into Igbo language, understanding the purpose of the ancient system is made easy if its rules of engagement are followed and respected.
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