All you need to know about Ogbanje in Igbo land

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The word “ogbanje” is often translated as changeling, due to the similarities they share with the fairy changelings of Celtic and broader European mythology. Both serve as mythological ways of understanding what were once unknown diseases that often claimed the lives of children (such as SIDS and sickle cell disease).

Ogbanje in Igbo land are children who die, usually very young, and return to be born and die again. They cause huge grief and sometimes anger in their parents. It is said they have a connection to the spirit world of the ogbanje. Because of the tie, they are called back to that world. Usually they cannot resist. In the Igbo language) is a term in Odinani (Igbo: ọ̀dị̀nànị̀) (or ) for what was believed to be an evil spirit that would deliberately plague a family with misfortune …

Most families pamper their children that are Ogbanjes so that the Ogbanje child will not be provoked. Most Ogbanjes have powers in their eyes, mouth, hands and private parts.


Female adult Ogbanjes die during pregnancies along with the baby while male Ogbanje die before the birth of a wife’s baby or the baby dies.

The child is confirmed to no longer be an Ogbanje after the destruction of the Ogbanje pot or stone which is dug up at the river bank or sea bank or house or after they successfully give birth to another baby.

10 Truths About Ogbanje
Ogbanje is not Aje “Witch”
Ogbanje is not Abiku
Ogbanje is not Olokun
Ogbanje is not Oshun
Ogbanje is not Oya
Ogbanje is not Yemoja
Ogbanje is not Mental illness
Ogbanje is not for girls and women only. Men and Boys can be Ogbanjes
Ogbanje is not for poor people only. Rich and poor people can be Ogbanjes
Ogbanje is not for African Tradition Religious people only. All religious and non religious people can be Ogbanje…

 
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