Bayelsans speak on the impact of cultural beliefs and Christianity.

Bayelsans speak on the impact of cultural beliefs and Christianity.

Bayelsans speak on the impact of cultural beliefs and Christianity.

It is a known fact that culture is the totality of the way of life of a group of people. However, since the coming of Christianity, many cultural beliefs are gradually eroding us for the doctrines of the Christian faith.

While speaking with a cross section of Bayelsans, we gathered that many Ijaws which is a prominent tribe in the state are still being influenced by their culture despite being Christians.

Some persons noted that many Christians are products of their culture which is usually on display during ceremonies such as traditional weddings, burials and child naming ceremony.

They are of the opinion that elderly people are the major custodians of culture rather young people who have become more exposed to the digital systems of the international world.

However some others said due to Christianity, cultural values are no longer being upheld particularly any belief that contradicts the Christian faith such as masquerade displays, circumcision, widowhood practices, some form of dressing and some food which are termed idolatry for Christians.

A clergyman explained that some part of culture is good, it upholds moral standards hence should still be practiced by all persons irrespective of their religious beliefs.

It is worthy of note that religion has an influence on culture. Christianity played a major role in civilization hence some cultural beliefs may have been relegated to the background.

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