After touching the chicken to the body of the deceased and then circling first the corpse and then the widow with a glass of palm wine, the Head Daughter announces that any disagreement between the husband and wife has now been settled […] The touching of the corpse with a spotless chicken is a form of ceremonial oath-taking.

  • Source: Henderson, Helen Kreider. Ritual roles of women in Onitsha society. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms, 1970
  • Culture: Igbo
  • Location: Africa