My Question is below.The osu (outcasts) of Mbanta were permitted to do all of the following except a. join the missionaries in their new religion b. marry or be married to the free-born c. Shave...

My Question is below.

The osu (outcasts) of Mbanta were permitted to do all of the following except

a. join the missionaries in their new religion

b. marry or be married to the free-born

c. Shave iff their mask of their heathen belief to join the religion

d. both a and c are correct

 

 

 

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kapokkid | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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The osu are of course the outcasts of the Igbo society and they are thrown out for a variety of reasons.  Some of them were unfortunate enough to bear twins and are then considered unclean along with their twin children and are banished.  For other reasons they have been thrown out and were expected to allow their hair and beards to grow so that they could be differentiated from the members of the tribe that are in good standing.

So they are allowed to join the Christians because the Igbo generally ignore the church and think that nothing will come of it.  They are encouraged by the missionaries to shave their beards and cut their hair and join the church.

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