41 The Concept of Death and the After-life in the Old Testament and Igbo Traditional Religion: Some Reflections for Contemporary Missiology CHRIS UKACHUKWU MANUS (1) Introduction ' Death and the question of the after-life have so continuously dogged human steps, de- fying race, religion and technological expertise and our overall bravado to the extent that both young and old have always querried: Is death simply the end of human ex- perience ? If the physical body dies, does that mean complete annihilation of the whole person? If not, where does the dead live? For both the Old Testament peoples and the great ancestral lore of Africa, especially those of the Igbo of Nigeria, death is an indisputable reality which no one can escape; consequently, their conceptions of the after-life make interesting subject of study. And moreover, as peoples for whom human life has a purpose that transcends the immediate and observable phenomena, human experience of death remains a mystery which has meaning only with faith in a personal God who creates and protects his children (2). In the effort to rationalise this enigmatic human condition and the place of God within its parameter men in both cultural settings
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