things fall apart - Kris Kelly Things Fall Apart HIST 112H...

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Kris Kelly Things Fall Apart HIST 112H 3/19/08 Culture Falls Apart The African culture is based on great tradition and respect, guided by a strict set of religious and moral codes. If these codes were violated in any way, strict and swift action was taken to punish the offender. In the case of the Sacred Week where no violence is to take place, the African culture becomes much more lenient over time. In the past, if someone were to fight or curse another, they would have been killed. This Sacred Week comes the week before crops are to be planted. It is intended to honor the goddess of the Earth, Ani, and that any violation is a direct show of disrespect to such a great deity. In a discussion with the main character, Ezeani, the priest for Ani said, “We live in peace with our fellows to honor our great goddess of the Earth without whose blessing our crops will not grow. You have committed a great evil.” (TFA p. 30) He was referring to Okonkwo’s attack on his wife for some petty misdeed during this week. Okonkwo’s punishment was merely a sacrifice of a female goat, a hen, and one hundred cowries. An elder in the village told two other men that, “It has not always been so. My father told me that he had been told that in the past a man who broke the peace was dragged through the village until he died. But after a while this custom was stopped
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