Edo Age Groups

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Age groups

Like the ancient Greeks and Romans, the Edo society/village is divided into grades. Most times, these grades are age-based. There are rites of initiation into these grades. Seniority in the grade depends on when one was initiated into the grade. The Edo grade are as follows:

IKPOLO UGHE (Ikpolughe). This group is made up of people about age 7-to 18 years. As the name suggest, they are the people responsible for sweeping the UGHE( VILLAGE SQUARE ) clean and tidy. They perform other chores for the society. If one fails to report for duty when the leader calls, They are given a steep fine. The fine has to be paid by individual and not a parent or relative. If payment isnt received on time, the elders authorize the Igheles to seize any goat, sheep or chicken that they could lay their hands on in the community. Individual has to arrange with the owner on how to pay for the animalseized.

EGHELE (iGHELE). To this group belong the young men between 18 years to age 40 and above. These are the men who fight the wars, who farm the farms and in most cases they are married with children. These are the men who impose religious curfew when the " spirits" are out of the grove. They are the policemen of the community.

EDION. These are the people that have been initiated into the Edion society in the village. Most are of them are old men but you may have some young men initiated because or religious obligation or duties. Members of the royal families-the male sons of departed Enigies, are initiated into the Edion grade as soon the most senior son is seated as the new OGIE, during the last day of the funeral of the departed one.

ODION OGHE OWERE ( Odionwere) He is the head of the government of the village in the absence of an Enogie/Ovie/Obi.