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Celebrating Edo Culture And Tradition

Eating well is celebrated by the Edos. It is a very important part of Edo life. "Omo mose, evbare ore re" = " You say a child is beautiful, but surely it is good food that the child eats!"

(1) Kada:

This greeting is expecially directed to the Head of the home.But any other person,male or female is entitled to the greeting as long as they are older than the person offering the greeting and present it at the end of the meal.

Kada is a prayer and an abrreviation of the phrase "KO DIARE",which is an abbreviation of the sentence "U KOO UWA,U GHI DIA RRIOEE.Which Translates to "You have created prosperity,may you live long to enjoy it.

The man as the head of a househole provides food,shelter,security, among others,to other members of the home.This prayer is given by the male children of the household,that he may live long to enjoy the fruits of his labors.

(2) BUKPE:

This is a prayer by the daugthers of the household after meal,Like Kada.The full sentence and meaning of "BUKPE" is "U BOO UWA NE,U GHI KPE VBO."This is "You have created prosperity,may you live long to enjoy it."while male children greet "KADA".Female greet "BUKPE".

(3) ERHE GHI GBUE

This is a greeting of the wives of the household after meal.After a meal,the wives will have to pray to their husbands and for every other member of the house-hold who is older than they are.The full sentence and meaning is "ERHE GHI GBUE EMWIN NE U YA OBO RUE RU"This means "May you not fall victim to the plans of ill wishers who would not want you to enjoy the fruits of your labors".

These Three greetings have the same undertone,but are expressed differently.The one the comes out from the lips of the woman makes one to know immediately if she was a wife or a daughter of he house,no matter the age.

Response to the greetings

"Aremiegbe" ---- May you be nourished by what you have eaten.

I hoen koyo Urhuese----heard you,(Hello),thank you.

I hoen Ovbimwen Akponmwen Osa ---I heard my child, To god be the Glory.

I hoen otenmwen,Osa rhuese ra Akponmwen Oghodua--------I heard you brother/sister,we thank God.

NOTE:

"Erhe gi gbue" is more populare amongst the female folks in the modern times because the daughters of a household copy their mothers in this particular greeting.It is high time we effect and know the difference to separate the wives from the daughters.

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