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Unformatted text preview: Corbin Dean CORE 3 Mid-Term Exam 1.) Right off the bat, the first insight I gain into the Igbo culture is the Feast of the New Yam (Achebe 36-45). The feast is a tribute of thanks to Ani, the earth goddess and the source of all fertility as well as the ancestral spirits. The purpose of the feast is to offer yams to these powers. Once this was completed, the village could begin the feast and start their new year with new, fresh yams. This shows that the Igbo people have a very, very strong belief in their gods, goddesses, and spirits. This devotion gives the people something to look to for guidance. Another insight that I gained from reading Things Fall Apart is when Okonkwo is banned from the clan for killing a child during a ceremony honoring the death of the boys father. This aspect of their culture shows, just like the feast, that they hold extremely strong beliefs in their gods, so much so that they would ban a member of their close-knit clan for dishonoring their gods. What is so interesting about this incident is that the ancestral spirits are actually living men dressed...
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- Spring '08
- Things Fall Apart, Yams, Ani