The Igbo venerate or worship the God of the Earth and Its Hosts of spirits (Anï). Ödïnanï or Omenana describes this method of venerating or worshiping God. Note that worship of God describes the ways we choose to commune with the manifest God (Chineke) and, through It, with the Godhead (Chukwu) – the Source. Men worship God in diverse, but equivalent, ways. The God is the same – Spirit, Mmöö, Ndü – but the rituals or methods for approaching It differ.
Ödïnanï or Omenana is the religion or cult dedicated to the God of the Earth, in the same manner that Christianity is the religion or cult dedicated to the God of the Sun. Sun Day or Sunday is the day set aside by Christianity for the worship of the Sun God. In line with Igbo theogony, this book is dedicated to:
Chi Ukwu, Chukwu or Amaamaamachaamacha (the Great God, the Unknown Godhead), Chi na-eke, Chineke, Mmöö or Ndü (God the Creator, the Son and Word of the Godhead, Spirit, Life), Alüshï (the Gods and their Spirit Hosts), Ndï Otu (Spirit Guilds of the Elements: Earth, Water, Air and Fire), Chi m or Oke-Chukwu m (my personal God or my share of God and Life).
Ichie Ukwu na Ichie Nta, Ökpü Ukwu na Ökpü Nta (My male and female Parents, dead or alive); particularly my great grandfather Udoh Anaagö, high priest of the Earth-God Ana or Anï (whose shrine is Aja-Ana or Aja-Anï) of Agülü Öka (Agulu Awka), Nigeria; whose re-incarnation I am.
The entire Anïzöö Udoh family, holders of the Öfö na Alö (the symbols of power and authority) of the Anaagö Mmadüagwu lineage.
My village Ümübeele and my town Öka na-asö enwe (Awka, for which the monkey is sacred).
All lovers of Ödïnanï or Omenana, the Igbo religion.