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Things Fall Apart 2

Things Fall Apart 2

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Emily SimsLIT 234Mrs. Jones14 June 2012African Cultural BeliefsThe African culture has been around for thousands of years. This culture was first startedby the first tribe to settle in Africa, the Bushmen. A lot of the culture that was first started theBushmen tribe is still around today. Most of the tribes still have pray, folktales, and manytraditions, that date back to the Bushmen. The Ibo clan is actually a real clan that is located inNigeria. If we know some of the cultural beliefs bef 
ore we read “Things Fall Apart” we can
better understand many of the things they do in this story.
One of the people’s cultural beliefs in Africa is that every person has their own personalgod or chi a person’s chi is brought up several times in Thing F
all Apart. On page 27 it states
“That was not luck. At the most one could say his chi or personal god was good. But the Ibo people have a proverb that when a man says yes his chi says yes also.” This quote is very
important to the story. It shows how strong the Ibo people believe in their chi they believe that itaffect ones success or failure. When people do not have a good life they believe that their
 personal god is not good to him or that he is weak. Unoka, Okonkwo’s father, was said to be a
weak man
. He had no titles, was very lazy, and was given the name agbala. This word men’s hewas a woman or simply a man without titles, It states on page 18 “ He had a bad or personal god,
and evil fortune followed him to the grave, or rather to his death, for he
had no grave”. Thisshows how strongly ones chi can affect their life. Since Unoka’s chi was bad he suffered a bad
life and died in debt, with no yams or anything for his son Okonkwo to inherit.
 
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When Okonkwo was grown he had many farms and crops. In the book there was a timewhen rain did not come. When the rain does come in the book it is considered a blessing fromthe gods. Thousands of years ago when the Bushmen settled they started the tradition of prayingfor rain. They have many dances and rituals that they use to consult with their gods to see whatneeds to be done to get rain, food, or drive out evil spirits.
Page 23 states that Okonkwo “Hechanged them every day and prayed that the rain might fall in the night”. Praying to gods for the
things they desire is huge part of this culture.Besides pray this culture is also very religious. They believe in many gods and havepriest and priestess, and medicine men. All of these things are in the real tribe as they are in thestory. An example is on page
77 “When your wife becomes pregnant again,” he said, “let her not
sleep in her hut. Let her go and stay with her people. In that way she will elude her wicked
tormentor and break its evil cycle of birth and death.” This is when Okonkwo calls in a medici
neman to help cure his wife and prevent death. They do not take the wife to hospitals or believe
that maybe she can’t have children. In this culture they simply believe in to be an evil spirit.
These groups of people worship their gods and try to please them with sacrifices. Anytime
something bad is done they believe it to be a greatly evil or crime against the gods. “The evil you
have done can ruin the whole clan. The earth goddess whom you have insulted may refuse togive us her increase, and we shall a
ll perish.”Pg 30. This is the point in the story which is greatly
important culture wise. Okonkwo has beaten his wife on the week and has to consult with thepriest. They clearly believe strongly that if their gods are upset with them they may kill theirwhole clan. This can be related to our view of if we upset god then he will not bless us or ourfamily.

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