ADALE (Another form of Idioms)
Posted by Chief Musa Adegbe at March 28th, 2014
One beautiful aspect of Igala language that is uncommon with other languages of the world is its system of communication popularly known as Adale. Adale is in addition to the normal language another system of communication that is popular among the native speakers especially the youths in every parts of the kingdom. This system of communication is understandable to those that studied it and are familiar with its etymology, tones and dialect. It has its systematic ways of expression that are often difficult to understand by the nominal speakers of Igala language. Sometimes, it is used as a means of revealing secrets to a few people or isolating an intruder or unwelcome guest from a particular discussion and ultimately keeps secrets.
Linguistically, Adale literally means speaking from the opposite i.e. speaking from the end to the beginning of a sentence. In the real sense, it can relatively be translated as speaking in tongue or Igala jargon that consists of long-winded expressions, which was in the ancient times the characteristic feature of informal discussions and evening entertainments. It is a kind of jargon that has clear meaning, peculiar system or method, meaningful terminology that can be perfectly understood or translated by another person without misinterpretation.
It is worthwhile to equally note that another system of communication in Igala dialect that can be described, as Igala jargon is the language of the ancestors usually spoken by some designated masquerades. In Igala tradition, the ancestors have their own system of communicating with their living descendants on earth. The amazing aspect of the ancestral language is, traditionally, masquerades believed to be the ancestors incarnate on earth do not speak to people except a few designated indigenous masquerades who usually speak audibly which has to be translated to the people by a high priest that is usually the custodian of such ancestral masquerade.
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