Things Fall Apart And Traditions

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“The Importance of Customs and Traditions”

“ ‘Every year,’ he(Unoka) said sadly, ‘before I put any crop in the earth, I sacrifice a cock to Ani, the owner of all land. It is the law of our fathers. Also kill a cock at the shrine of Ifejioku, the God of yams. I clear the bush and set fire to it when it is dry. I sow the yams when the first rain has fallen, and stake then when the young tendrils appear” (cp.17, p.3) It is customary to make animal sacrifices to the earth goddess when planting crops. Yet again, ritual is used to communicate respect, in this case to the earth goddess who has control over the success of the yams. The Ibo people in the novel Things Fall Apart strongly believed in their customs and traditions. It’s all they knew all their lives. It wasn’t until the English missionaries came, that’s when everything changed for them. Their struggle to maintain their culture and their
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The missionaries built a church and slowly but surely, some of the Ibo people started to follow the Christians. The Ibo people however, rejected the Christians beliefs and tried their hardest to keep their culture and traditions alive. However, it was really difficult because of the government and the missionaries. The government seemed to have the final say in matters. I for one know how important it is to keep my customs and traditions alive. My elders emphasize that. Since the coming of the Europeans, the Indigenous people of Canada feel that our way of life has changed a lot. We all had to be colonized and have to live their way or no way at all. The Indigenous people of Canada and most likely all over the world have lost most of their ways of life. It’s a sad thing to have to do

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