"Ugo" The Eagle And Anioma Mythology.


There are up to 60 species of eagle known to man but about 70% of that number are home to Africa and Asia.
In many ancient and contemporary cultures across the world, the apex predator is a symbol of strength, power and authority.
In ancient Sumerian mythology, the mythical king Etana was said to have been carried into heaven by an eagle.
Also, some classical writers such as Lucan and Pliny the Elder claimed that the eagle was able to look directly at the sun, and that they forced their fledglings to do the same. Those that blinked would be cast from the nest. This mythology persisted until the Medieval era.

Among the Greeks, the eagle is the iconic patron animal of the ancient Greek god Zeus. In particular, Zeus was believed to have taken the form of an eagle in order to abduct Ganymede and there are numerous artistic representations of the eagle Zeus bearing Ganymede in air, from Classical times up to the present.
In addition, the Moche people of ancient Peru worshiped the eagle and often depicted eagles in their art.

Similarly, among the Anioma people of Delta State, Nigeria, the eagle which they refer as "Ugo" is the "King of Birds" in contrast to the lion, the "King of Beasts". Both animals are the symbols of leadership and royalty.
Although, with the reference to monarchs as "Agwụ" leopard and the use of its skin as insignia on thrones, the big cat is also considered among the royal animals.
However, the coronation of an Anioma King is incomplete without marking it with the significance of a heraldry which is usually some pieces of white eagle feather.
"Ogene mụ Ugo. Ugo bụ Eze Nnụnụ" (the eagle is born by the sacred bird and the eagle is King of birds). Kings of Anioma stock are known by the eagle feathers on their crown.

In other parts of the world, the  eagle is used as heraldry in most part of the world.
The eagle is used as insignia in the Austria Coat of Arms Eagles.

In the Holy Bible record according to Psalm 103 it mentions renewing one's youth "as the eagle". The eagle was also mentioned in reference to the Israelites in Exodus 19 Vs 4; Psalms 103 Vs 5 and Isaiah 40 Vs 31.

The United States eagle feather law stipulates that only individuals of certifiable Native American ancestry enrolled in a federally recognized tribe are legally authorized to obtain eagle feathers for religious or spiritual reasons.
In Canada, the poaching of eagle feathers for the booming U.S. market has sometimes resulted in the arrests of First Nations person for the crime.

So, for the Anioma people of Delta State, "Ugo" the eagle is more than just a bird.

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