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SALUTATION AND HEALTH IN NIGERIAN TRADITIONAL SOCIETY: A STUDY OF SELECTED COMMUNITIES IN THE SOUTH EAST REGION
Ogirisi: a new journal of African Studies (2015)
  • Blessing Onyima, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka Nigeria
  • Bentina Alawari Mathias
Abstract
Health concerns among Nigerians may have given rise to a covert
and an implicit relationship with salutations/greetings. Health has
been defined as a state of complete physical, mental and social
wellbeing and not merely an absence of disease or infirmity. This is
reflected in the traditional normative salutations that one receives or
gives when one comes in contact with relatives, neighbors or friends.
Instead of the contemporary greetings like good morning, etc., the
person is greeted with questions such as: How do you do? How was
your night? Is this linked with the health system or fear of the
unknown? The reply to any of these questions is often multifaceted
and reflects a concern with the physical, mental or social well-being
of the individual(s) or groups concerned. This paper examined the
21st century culture of salutations in some selected communities in
south eastern Nigeria with the aim of identifying the relationship
between salutation and health. Qualitative method of data collection
was used to gather information from the communities. Analysis was
done using the descriptive method. Results showed a close
relationship between salutation and health issues. It also showed that
in spite of the fact that modernization has eroded most of our
cultural values, the communalist values of the Igbo people are still
cherished.
Keywords
  • Salutations,
  • health,
  • Igbo,
  • phatic expressions,
  • illocutionary greetings.
Publication Date
February 14, 2015
DOI
http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/og.v11i 1.4
Citation Information
Blessing Onyima and Bentina Alawari Mathias. "SALUTATION AND HEALTH IN NIGERIAN TRADITIONAL SOCIETY: A STUDY OF SELECTED COMMUNITIES IN THE SOUTH EAST REGION" Ogirisi: a new journal of African Studies Vol. 11 Iss. 1 (2015) p. 65 - 82 ISSN: ISSN 1597-474X
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/blessing-onyima/4/