Ebonyi state- Edda
The dibia chanted and sang praises in the name of egbela. He jumped, spun around as his red and white skirt billowed with the breeze, he threw his hands in the air and flipped seeds. Pa Nwoko and his ugly wife – Chidogo watched with keen interest, clothed in suspense. The dibia finally threw the seeds on the ground then inspected them closely, he grunted and nodded while shifting the seeds again and again. Then he gave out a hearty laugh.
“This is where your problem is coming from, your womb was sealed” he was beaming
“My lord, where? I know it is my enemy” Pa Nwoko asked, cowering.
“Ha Ha Ha, you must make a sacrifice to lift your curse”
“My lord, what sacrifice? What do we need to do?” Chidogo asked nervously. The dibia laughed again
“You must bring; the head of a black cock, the testicles of an mkpi, the milk of a lioness and the blood of an okwiikwi. You must be ready before the afo market day”
“Ah, but my lord, that is just a day away” Pa Nwoko said
“That is not enough time” his wife added.
“Then you better hurry” said the dibia and vanished behind his shrine
Two days later the couple return with the items, however they got them the dibia didn’t care. He mixed and sang and dance and chanted then called Pa Nwoko forward.
“You must strike the person who appears in this mirror for he is the cause of your fruitlessness” the dibia laughed mischievously.
“I will my lord” he replied tenaciously and inched closer to the mirror.
The mirror did as a mirror should and revealed the younger image of the man standing before it, taking an oath in the very same shrine. Chidogo was stupefied.
Sacrifices and traditional rituals are still carried out in many eastern states. Though most Igbo’s are now Christians.