Appreciating the Value System of Pre-Christian Ngas Culture Through Dating of Symbolic Religious Artefacts

Authors : Godfrey Golu Gongchip; Daniel Bingel; Deborah Pam Shut; Fidelis Gaknung; Dr. Silas Sarkes Wankir; Bitrus Dung Tok; Sati Lubis

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 8 - August

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The research is a study in religious symbology, which relies on the rich religious and cultural background of the traditional African religion and culture to determine the values cherished by pre – Christian Ngas society. It fuses classical methods of studying ancient artefacts with religious methods of interpreting symbols. The study is situated among the Ngas people of Pankshin Local Government and Kanke Local Government Areas of Plateau state. Religious artefacts are considered significant by traditional worshipers among the Ngas and are also considered to be symbolic immortalisations of the value system of the times they were produced. The study obtained samples of artefacts of ancient Ngas culture and subjected same to scientific dating techniques to determine their age. It also used analytic methods of interpretating religious symbols to identify the values preserved in these artefacts. It concludes that the values preserved in pre – Christian Ngas religious and cultural artefacts are important towards maintaining values of society and are important for the preservation of contemporary society.

Keywords : Values; Symbols; Artefacts; Ngas Culture; Carbon 14.


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