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Part Of Igbo Land Where You Mustn’t Kill A Python


Pythons may be considered dangerous the world over, but in Idemili area of Anambra State, Igbo Land, Nigeria, people honour pythons so much that it is a taboo to harm or kill one. Pythons are called Eke Idemili, which literarily means ‘python of Idemili’.

Idemili people are known to gently entreat a Python that has entered their house to come out, rather than try to kill it.

What happens if you decide to kill one to see what will happen? The community where the python was killed will force you to accord the snake a befitting burial like that of human being.

You will have to buy coffin, bags of rice, cow/goat, rent canopies and chairs, pay for local canon to be shot and other expenses.

So, while in Idemili, don’t kill pythons.

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