Sources close to traditional rulers in Ife have said that seven big cows dressed like humans would be used for the rites instead of seven people.
Fears that human beings might be sacrificed as part of the burial rites for the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade have been put to rest by sources close to traditional rulers in the town.
According to New Telegraph, the sources said that seven big cows would be used for the rites instead of seven people.
This is reportedly because Oba Sijuwade abolished human sacrifices when he was still on the throne.
The monarch is said to have appealed to the gods to help put a stop to human sacrifice, describing the act as barbaric, callous and inhuman.
“Whenever the seven cows will be used for sacrifice, they will be clad in human attire to let them look as human beings,” one source said.
A prominent Ifa priest, Chief Ifayemi Elebuibon, also confirmed the abolition of the practice.
“Nobody uses human being as sacrifice again; such a thing has been abolished long time ago.”
“There is no ritual like that. Animals like rams, cows, chickens; goats are the things that are involved in the ritual. It does not involve human beings.”
“But during the Oro, people will need to be indoors, and the Oro usually comes out at night. So it is good for Omoluabi (honourable, responsibly person) to stay in his house during Oro.”
Burial rites for the late Ooni, who passed away on July 28, are said to have begun with a traditional embalmment in “Ilegbo”, the area of the palace where he was crowned.