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Egungun festival is one of the most widely celebrated traditional religious festivals among the Yoruba of South-West Nigeria. However, contrary to what obtained in the past, this annually celebrated festival is increasingly becoming synonymous with violence. On this basis, this paper examined some factors promoting the outbreak of violence during Egungun festival celebration in South-West Nigeria, and their attendant socio-religious implications. The Social Disorganisation Theory was adopted as theoretical framework. The convenience, purposive and snowball sampling techniques were employed for the selection of 43 respondents. Data were collected through in-depth interview and key informant interview methods. Findings revealed that different overt and covert factors are responsible for the recurring outbreak of violence during Egungun festival celebration in South-West Nigeria.  A concerted effort on the part of relevant stakeholders is advocated as an important means for addressing the problem.

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OJEDOKUN, U. A., & ATOI, E. N. (2020). EGUNGUN TRADITIONAL RELIGIOUS FESTIVAL AND VIOLENCE IN SOUTH-WEST NIGERIA. IBADAN JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY, 11(1), 20. Retrieved from https://ibadanjournalofsociology.org/IJS/article/view/133