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Some parts of Igboland today still believe in this old tradition. The Osu caste system encourages some sort of hierarchical structure of importance in the Igbo Community. It was believed that people referred to as Osu were sacrificed to the gods of the land and as such, those people are not meant to mingle with the freeborns or Nwadialas. The Osus are seen as slaves or outcasts. This is why they do not live in the main community instead, they live close to shrines, close to the market places or at the outskirts of the community.
The outcasts and the freeborns do not intermarry. This is why till this day, investigations are carried out by the members of both the bride and groom before a marriage will take place.
Some people claim that the Osu caste system has been abolished in their place but this is not true because it is still strongly practised in some parts of Anambra State, Imo State and Abia State.
Efforts has been made to abolish this tradition. The Obi of Onitsha in 2018 abolished it but it is still being upheld strongly. Indeed, some customs and traditions are passed on from generation to generation.
What do you think about this ancient practice? As an Igbo man or woman Is it still practised where you come from? Share your thoughts on this.