Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe

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In this world, there are many types of religions and cultures, each having its own views on life and how one should live. Not everyone decides to accept a specific religion, but they are handed their culture and way of living. The environment that one is raised in becomes one's culture. In the book Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, the Ibo culture reveals a lot about itself. It showed the uniqueness of this particular culture. The uniqueness was shown by the people's way of living, beliefs, customs and rituals. Those ideas along with many others will be covered in this report.The people of the Ibo culture measure his or her wealth by the number of wives and crops they possess. Everyone of the village had dark or colored skin and the men were usually big and strong. They hunted for goats and other animals making them very rough and rugged. Okonkwo, who is a typical male in the village, fits those exact characteristics. The men wore cloths that were draped through the armpit and hung on the shoulder. The women were smaller and worked around the huts. They did all the cooking and cleaning and were treated as slaves. Most of them ran to the streams to fetch water and made sure there were meals waiting for their husbands when they arrived home. The women looked burdened and exhausted quite often. However, the women would do themselves up whenever there was a big festival or occasion. The people also had wonderful food at these festivals. Yams were the major crops of the Ibo culture. The people lived and survived mainly off of this individual crop. Kola nut was another common food of the people. The kola nut was broken based on a certain ritual. The braking of the kola nut was done to show respect to their ancestors as well as pray to them for success and protection. Palm wine was another common beverage of the people. They drank palm-wine especially during festivals or gatherings. Yam foo foo and vegetable soup were the main courses at these celebrations.The village was quite large. The wives of each husband lived in their own hut made of dirt and grass. Okonkwo was one of the exceptions of the village. He had a big wall of dirt surrounding both his hut and his wives' huts. The hut that the husband stays in is referred to as an "obi". He also had a barn and a shed within the dirt walls. The barn was used to grow yams in and the shed was used for the raising of goats. Most people did not have the wealth that Okonkwo did so they had fewer huts and less land for other buildings, but everyone had his or her house for their personal god and ancestral spirits. The village also contains an "ilo", which is the marketplace or main place of gathering for special events. On the outskirts of the village were many trees and forests. The people had their own little forest in which they buried the bodies of those people who had died with evil diseases. Leprosy and smallpox were examples of those diseases.The Ibo culture not only had its unusual...

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