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Royal fathers in Africa and Nigeria, in particular have a godlike status and everything about them have to be sacred and full of reverence.
The Oba of Benin is a top traditional ruler and the custodian of the culture of the Edo people of Nigeria. Wikipedia shares that the palace was built in the heart of the City of Benin by Oba Ewedo which was later rebuilt by Oba Eweka II after it was destroyed during the 1897 war with the British.
This palace tops the list of the prestigious places in Edo State and it's popular for being a tourist attraction to foreigners, curators, historians and archaologists.
However, there are certain things that are not allowed in the palace. For instance, if you are a Christian you are not allowed to put on your cap inside the church, right? Except you are a Bishop! Also, if you visit certain organizations or institutions you have to drop your phone at a designated place before proceeding to the main building, right? These are some common examples of the dos and don't that we practice on a day-to-day basis.
It is an offence to whistle in the Obas palace as it is believed to wake up the dead. There are deities, and gods in the palace so whistling may wake them up, therefore it is a taboo to whistle in the palace and defaulters may be punished.
The act of pointing fingers is also not allowed in the palace. It is an act that signifies blessing or cursing. For instance, people point a finger to the person they want to curse as they mumble out the words. Therefore, it is an offence to point your fingers at either the Oba or any of his Chiefs. It may be quite difficult to know the intentions behind pointing of the fingers, so it is best avoided, else the person caught in the act may get punished.
It is a taboo to wear a black dress into the palace as it is a sign of mourning. Any visitor that wants to enter the palace in a black dress would not be granted access into the palace at all. You'd observe the Oba is always dressed in white or red attires.
Also, during outdoor events, festivals, no one is allowed to use an umbrella except the Oba of Benin. No matter how hot the weather is it is only the His Royal Majesty (HRM) that is allowed to use an umbrella.
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