Essay About Tradition In Things Fall Apart

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The word tradition originates from the latin word tradere, which when translated, means to deliver. That really is what a tradition is—a deliverance of a custom from one generation to the next that cannot necessarily be explained, but is widely practiced, held, and regarded as a central element of that group of people, whether it be a family, or a society. In Brazil and Venezuela, the Yonamamo tribe believes none of the body is to remain after death. This involves crushing the bones of the deceased, mixing the crushed bones with other ingredients, and then consuming the bone mixture. While this seems bizarre to us, they may find putting glass ornaments and boxes under a pine tree just as ludicrous. In Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, traditions …show more content…
This signifies respect and it would be similar to bringing a bottle of wine to a dinner party. While it is a sign of respect, the actual properties of a Kola nut per se are very interesting. The Kola nut contains caffeine, which is a stimulant. This insures that by following the tradition of breaking of the Kola nut, your consumption of it will follow with vibrance and attentiveness to the conversation at hand. This tradition to the Igbo people is a standard for social interaction, and therefore very important, even central to them. In Things Fall Apart, things really do start to come apart when the white men violate and intrude on these harmless traditions the Igbo people maintain and …show more content…
We travel around the United States, and visit other family along the way. We visit relatives from Arizona to South Dakota, and even Missouri. Our family loves to travel and it is really exciting to embark on these trips because we get to see other parts of the country, experience sights, and see the rest of my family. The reason that so many of my family traditions revolve around my extended family is because they live all over the country, and visiting is far and in between. With this in mind, we try to make the times that we see each other count. We do this by having our family reunion, usually during the months that I am in school around the holidays, and then we visit them on a road trip during the summer. This makes for a good balance so that it is not too bad to not see them too often. We have come to terms with it, and in some ways, it makes the traditions that we hold onto so strongly even more

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