ESIE: The Mysterious Town In Kwara State, Nigeria Where Rebellious Settlers Got Transformed Into Stones

The only mention where a person was said to turn into abstatue was in one of the holy books where Lot’s (Nephew to Abraham) wife turned into a pillar of salt due to her disobedience.

That was even centuries ago according to historians.But in our present day now, there is an evidence of history repeating itself.

Esie is a Yoruba Igbomina town located in Kwara State. It is about 48 kilometres south of Ilorin and 128 kilometres north of Ife.

Do you know what the small town is famous of? Well, to drench your curiosity, Esie is well-known for being the home of 800 soapstone figures. These Soapstone figures is still a mystery to this day.

There have been theories profounded by indigenes of this particular town which is now a widely held believe. It is believed that the 800 stone images are remnants of rebellious settlers who were transformed into stone images.

According to history, these rebellious settlers were from another Yoruba-Land tribe who sent word to Elsie (traditional chief of Esie land) that they were coming to take over occupancy of the land.

But on getting there, they got the surprise of their life. They met the presence of nobody, so they settled outside of Esie. It was later discovered that these settlers posed a threat to the city’s security.

They were undermining the chief’s administration and were about to revolt, so the god of the land, who was on Elsie of Essie’s side, turned these obstinate 800 settlers into stone statues. The Esie people, ironically, worship them every year.

Majority of these soapstone figures, however, have either lost their heads or limbs. Some are seen to men, and others are women.

Their king, according to legend, was adorned with a tall cap neck and wrist beads. This is the one who receives the Esie people’s annual sacrifice on behalf of others.

What is your opinion on this story? A myth or fiction?

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