Tiv Traditional Religion and Its Contribution to the Trado-Educational and Technological Development of the Tiv Society
Humanities and Social Sciences
Volume 3, Issue 5, September 2015, Pages: 215-224
Received: Sep. 29, 2015; Accepted: Oct. 16, 2015; Published: Nov. 3, 2015
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Tim Cuttings Agber, Department of Research and Publications, TimeXperts, Abuja, Nigeria
T. Terver Udu, Department of Curriculum and Teaching, Faculty of Education, Benue State University, Makurdi, Nigeria
Godwin Aôndohemba Fiase, Department of Fitting and Machining Technology, Benue State University Science and Technical College, Makurdi, Nigeria
Terkimbi Titus Aniho, Department of Educational Services, Benue State Teaching Service Board, Makurdi, Nigeria
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Abstract
The European Missionaries failed to understand the important virtues of the Tiv traditional religion and technology and condemned the Tiv religion. The use of Western technology and tools destroyed the technical proficiency of the Tiv people, moral teachings and disciplines coming from the blacksmithing workshop was no longer there and this has accounted for moral decadence and retardation or thwarting in technical skill learning of the people. The study therefore, looks at Tiv traditional religion and its contribution to the trado-educational and technological development of the Tiv society. The study sampled 384 Traditional Priests, Traditional Engineers or Blacksmiths and the general Tiv people. Mean and standard deviation statistics were used to answer research questions while Chi-Square was used for testing the hypotheses formulated at 0.05 level of significance. It was discovered that the Tiv traditional religion has contributed to the technological development of the Tiv society. The study recommended that stakeholders such as Ator á Tiv (Tiv Council of Chiefs or Tiv Traditional Council), Mdzough ú Tiv (Tiv Mutual Union), Governments, Nongovernmental Organizations, Private Individuals and Potential Practitioners of Tiv Indigenous Religion should encourage the practice of Tiv Traditional Religion among the Tiv people. Hence Tiv Traditional (Indigenous) Religion is intertwined with Tiv Trado-educational and technological practices of the Tiv in which blacksmithing constitutes a cardinal aspect of it, the Tiv Religion should be encouraged as it is as good as encouraging the technology.
Keywords
The Tiv People, Tiv Traditional Religion, Tiv Blacksmithing, Tiv Traditional Education
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Tim Cuttings Agber, T. Terver Udu, Godwin Aôndohemba Fiase, Terkimbi Titus Aniho, Tiv Traditional Religion and Its Contribution to the Trado-Educational and Technological Development of the Tiv Society, Humanities and Social Sciences. Vol. 3, No. 5, 2015, pp. 215-224. doi: 10.11648/j.hss.20150305.18
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