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IjoInformation about the Ijo
The Ijo people live by farming and hunting, supplemented by fishing and trading. Yams and Palm oil are processed for export. While some villages (those to the east) had cheifs and a stratified society, other villages had no centralized leader until the arrival of the British.
Marriages are completed by the payment of dowries, which increase in size if the bride is from another village (so as to make up for that village's loss of her children). Funeral ceremonies, particularly for those who have accumulated wealth and respect, are often very dramatic. Traditional religious practices center around "Water spirits" in the Niger river, and around tribute to ancestors.
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