Tag: Osu Caste system

Osu: The Genesis

By: Sir Temple Ogueri OnyeukwuNgozindigbo Gburugburu A summary of some of the sources of the Osu caste system in Igbo land include but not limited to: Families who had twins instead of being killed and allowing the twins to be killed ran into the evil forest and became Osu, thereby saving the life of the twins and the parents.Families that had babies born with long hair instead of allowing the parents and babies to be killed, ran into the evil forest, became Osu and thereby saved the life of the baby and the parents.Persons who were to be sacrificed to the long Juju of Arochukwu decided to run away to the evil forest to save their lives.People who were being sold as slaves and had the opportunity to escape, ran to the evil forest and became Osu.The powerful traditional rulers banish...