ISBN 9789785420852
Pages 158
Dimensions 210 x 148 mm
Published 2016
Publisher M & J Grand Orbit Communications, Nigeria
Format Paperback

The House of Skulls

A Symbol of Warfare & Diplomacy in Pre-Colonial Niger Delta and Igbo Hinterland

by Nkparom C. Ejituwu, Stanley I. Okoroafor

This is a study of the House of Skulls, one of the lost cultures of the Niger Delta. The House of Skulls was a European label for a house built by some Niger Delta communities with the skulls of their enemies killed in war. The case is used to argue that barbarism is not endemic to African Culture, but rather part of the primitive instinct of man and the House of Skulls, as evidence of human sacrifice, and headhunting in the Niger Delta and its hinterland in pre-colonial times was not worse than some of the practices, both African and European, which have been documented. In doing so the study provides fresh insights into the history of one of the lost cultures of the Niger Delta; a culture much modified in contemporary times.

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About the Author

Nkparom C. Ejituwu

Nkparom C. Ejituwu is a Professor of History at the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria.