– The stones are marked with painting
Ikom Monoliths: A Land Of Volcanic-Stones
In Ikom, Cross River State, Nigeria, I had discovered that we have lot of stones that is gotten from Valcanic eruptions.
Numbering about 300 in total, the monoliths are between 0.3 and 1.8 metres (1 and 6 feet) high, and are laid out in some 30 circles located around Alok in the Ikom area of Cross River State. Since Cross River was divided, it now belongs to Akwa Ibom State. The monoliths are phallic in form and some feature stylized faces as well as decorative patterns and inscriptions.
Although the carvings have not been deciphered, researchers and linguists believe that the inscriptions may represent a form of writing and visual communication. This writing is often believed to be an ancient form of nsibidi, which would prove its ancient origins.
Each monolith and stone represents an ancestor. According to oral history, it is the ancestors of Ekoi people that put the stones where they are. Their ancestors are believed to have gotten the stones out of the river where the water made them smooth as they are but their ancestors only cut the faces with stones and irons, each face representing one of their dead chiefs whose names are not known.
Thus, their ancestors made human sacrifices to them. Among the Ekoi people who live in scattered villages, there is the sole spiritual head or Chief priest called Ntoon. Thus when the Ntoon dies he is represented in carved basalt monoliths (Akwanshi).
They have faces which bear the diagonal cheek marks. At Nkrigor (Nselle), there are Akwanshi that have open mouth, wedge – shaped beard and protruding navel as well as facial marks. In some deserted areas like the old village of Nkirgom, the Akwanshi have fallen and are not re – erected.
I can assure you that you must visit this place and have a glimpse of this beautiful place.