What does nudity or being nude symbolize or mean in traditional Igbo culture?Please add references.

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I have included a link below to more information about the Igbo culture that should help you to find out more information about clothing and nudity in the Igbo culture, and also provide you with more references to investigate this topic further. Basically, however, it is important to remember that before colonialists began to influence Igbo culture, nudity was not seen in the same way as Western eyes viewed it. The traditional everyday attire of the Igbo people featured only enough clothes to cover up the private parts of their bodies and little else, as befitted their environment and working conditions. Children in particular were allowed to run around naked until they started puberty, at which stage they had to hide their private parts under clothing like every other adult.

Because of this, men traditionally wore a loincloth and women wore a short wrapper around their waist with beads and other ornamentation. Their breasts were normally uncovered. Nudity was definitely not seen as being the taboo issue that it was and is for Western societies today. However, as colonialism spread, Igbo culture changed as it adopted some of the norms of Western society and western style dress was adopted.

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