Igbo Funeral Rites is about the rigorous and complex nature of death and burial obsequies in Igboland. Analytical as it is descriptive and anthropological as it is theological, the book is an attempt to provide new insights for handling some of the pastoral challenges of Igbo funeral rites.
"The abundant sources, the descriptive, formative, informative, and scholarly qualities that characterize this work speak loud and clear about the enviable originality of the author"
(Rev. Fr. Dr. P. Chibuko, CIWA, Port Harcourt).
"...The work exhibits admirable maturity by acknowledging the need for flexibility along with harmonization."
(Rev. Fr. Dr. L. Madubuko, Blessed Iwene Tansi Major Seminary, Onitsha).
Austin Echema is a priest of the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri, Nigeria and since 1996 he has been teaching liturgy at both the Catholic Institute of West Africa (CIWA) Port Harcourt and the Seat of Wisdom Major Seminary Owerri. Among his publications include Corporate Personality in Traditional Igbo Society and the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 1995) and Anointing of the Sick and the Healing Ministry (Frankfurt: IKO Verlag, 2006) as well as numerous articles in learned journals, national and international.