THE PLACE OF CULTURAL REALITIES AND SYMBOLIC FORMS AMONG ANNANG PEOPLE OF AKWA IBOM STATE, NIGERIA.

BY
NSIDIBE AKPAN USORO
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AND
IMAOBONG CHRISTOPHER EKONG
imaobongekongc@gmail.com
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
University of Uyo, Uyo.

SUMMARY

One of the negative impacts of Western civilization on our African society is the attempt to debase and destroy the entire fabric of our culture and misconstrue it as fetish. This unfortunate development resulted in a systematic alienation of many African societies from its roots and valuable cultural realities. Through qualitative method of study, this paper examines the place of cultural realities and symbolic forms in Annang society. One of the specific objectives of the study is to restore and highlight those salient cultural symbols of Annang people for posterity. Adopting Sapir/Whorf hypothesis as a theoretical anchorage, the paper supports the view that the realities of culture do not exist apart from individuals but lie in their interpretation of events and things around them. In the main, the study shows that cultural symbols are functional to Annang society. Such symbols not only express social realities in concrete terms but provide the tool to shape the world to conform to this reality. Findings from the study also show that cultural symbols play important role of maintaining social control and order in Annang society. The study concludes with the recommendation that useful cultural symbols should be harnessed in order to reinvent the past and reconstruct the present for sustainable future of the Annang society. This will enhance genuine enculturation by Africans.

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Posted in VOLUME 18 NO.1 APRIL, 2016.

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