Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

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In the Western part of Africa there is one dominant religious group in Nigeria that surpasses the rest. They have had much success in politics, economics, an above all have had better education levels than any other West African group. This astounding group is known as The Igbo. During British colonial times Christianity was enforced into the Igbo way of life, this changed some Igbo to believe that what the Christian missionaries were saying is true and that the Christian faith was the way to go. Through commercial trading Islam spread into Igboland, and this led to more Igbo people leaving the Igbo way of life for another, whether it be Islam or Christianity which divide the country in two. In the novel Things Fall Apart written by Chinua Achebe British colonialism and the migration of Muslims to Nigeria led to the change in the faith, social and economic changes in the Igbo society. Traditional Igbo faith believes that there is only one creator or god known as Chineke. Igbo people also believe in many spirits. An example of a spirit in the Igbo religion would be Ala the earth goddess. The Igbo people believed that their religious life influences there non religious life. Igbo people call their ancestors or spirits by breaking Kola nut pouring liberations of wine, and say prayers to invite the spirits and ancestors. The Igbo people take their religion seriously, in which they punish harshly for commitment of sins. “ … to await Ojiugo’s return. And when she
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