As the burial rites for the recently deceased Oba of Benin continues, the Royal Crown Prince and Edaiken n’Uselu, Eheneden Erediauwa, this Thursday morning performed the Ukpukpe rites.The proud Bini Kingdom is saying farewell to the dearly departed ruler and preparing for a new Oba of Benin.
The Crown Prince, who was accompanied by other children of the departed monarch as well as palace chiefs, performed the ceremony which was held at the Ugha Ozolua Palace Ground, inside the Benin Palace.
The ceremony involved a simple dance by the Crown Prince from the Altar of Oba Ozolua to the entrance gate of the Benin Palace. This is to be performed four times.
Decked in white traditional shirt, light brown royal skirt and red hat to match and armed with a sword, the Edaiken n’Uselu was assisted by palace attendants who held his hands all through.
Earlier, before the arrival of the Crown Prince from his Edaiken Palace in Uselu, various palace groups had performed different dance ceremonies on the palace grounds.
Amongst the groups were the Ewaise (palace spiritual men), the Isienwenro (royal body guards) and the Ifeto (royal escorts).
The Crown Prince commences Ukpukpe rites
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