Dialectical Anthropology

, Volume 31, Issue 1–3, pp 263–288 | Cite as

The End of Sacred Authority and the Genesis of Amorality and Disorder in Igbo Mini States



This study examines the politico-religious structure of Igbo mini states and the diverse factors that led to the end of sacred authority and the moral codes of governance in the mini states since the pre-colonial period. The study provides some insights into the consequences of the desacralization of authority, and offers some suggestions that may be helpful in the preservation of ancient Igbo political institutions and the moral values associated with them.


Igbo Amala Okpara Ezeala Okonko Ozo Sacred authority 


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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of HistoryCalifornia Polytechnic State UniversitySan Luis ObispoUSA

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