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Understanding The Meaning Of ‘Eri’ And ‘Aguleri’.

Aguleri is a town located within the Anambra valley in the southeastern part of the federal republic of Nigeria, Aguleri is the largest town in Anambra north local government. The census figures of 2006 put the population of Aguleri in 900,000 people. Aguleri has a landmass of about 380 square kilometers.

The Eri in Igbo mythology, is a spirit that escorts human life into and out of this natural world. All spirits, both the spirits of the dead and the spirits which are yet to enter this world, are believed to reside in the spirit/supernatural realm with its Eri.

Eri is also a type of genie, which can grant the wish of its ward to return to this world reincarnated in the form of his choice. A common practice of communication to Eri is the molding of clay into image, building of temple to shelter the image, offering a sacrifice, then communicate verbally to Eri through the molded medium.

The animal representation of the Eri is the mudfish. In Igbo mythology, as well as many other African groups, the mud fish is believed to be one of that transcends into both the spirit world ( the water) and the earth world (land). Eri along with its variants Eshi, Ehi, Esi or Ebi is another word for mudfish in Igbo language. The mudfish, in some parts of Anambra is known as “nne mmiri”or “mami wata”. This explains the reason why some natives of Anambra do not consume the mudfish.

Riverine communities of the omambala River, such as Aguleri, dedicates its name to the spiritual being.

Agulu on its own accord, is the topography of the name Aguleri. Agulu means ‘marsh area’, ‘wetland’ or ‘swampy plain’. Ulo on its own means clay or mud. Therefore, Aguleri simply means the mudfish marsh or the swamp of the mudfish.

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