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
. 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.