Traditional Cleansing Rites and State Reconstruction in Contemporary Nigerian Drama

Adeoti, Gbemisola Remi (2003)

Book chapter

Sometimes, the playwrights creatively explore aspects of indigenous cultures to articulate their political and artistic concerns. One significant aspect of indigenous culture explored in contemporary drama is the tradition of purification. What is purification and how is it effected in different traditional societies? What are the religious, political and artistic purposes of cleansing rites in such societies? How are the rites creatively appropriated to achieve socio-political ends in the selected plays? What lessons do the rites and the dramatized reality have for state re-construction in modem Nigeria? These are some of the pertinent questions that the chapter addresses.