Topics: Igbo people, Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart Pages: 4 (1099 words) Published: May 2, 2013
Igbo African ethnic group
African American Culture: Historical and Aesthetic Roots
(AFS 2010 sec.04)

Destiney D. Mohammed
Instructor: Dr. Kefentse Chike
January 25, 2013

Destiney D. Mohammed
Professor Dr. Kefentse Chike
AFS 2010
25 January 2013
Igbo African ethnic group
"Among the Igbo the art of conversation is regarded very highly, and proverbs are the palm-oil with which words are eaten" Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. A brief interpretation of the quote is saying, the community is just as important as the food that they need to live on. This promotes the agricultural nature of Igbo society. In this essay I will explain to you the customs of the African ethnic group known as the Igbo. I’ll explain the traditional life of the Igbo people in depths as such part as social organization, language, religion, traditions, economy and government. I hope through these incites of the Igbo ethnic group you will grow more to learn about their culture.

Family structure in the Igbo African ethnic group is based around the practice of polygamy. The reasons for the Igbo men to practice polygamy were for profitable reasons. More wives mean more children to produce which means a larger family. Larger family means more help on their farm. Since colonization the Igbo family structure has changed and turned into civil marriages and traditional Christian marriages between only two unions. The Igbo group had an effect on western customs for marriages such as weddings. And, due to western influences the Igbo group turned monogamous relationships.

Titles played a key part of Igbo society. Title was determined by social status and social status was determined by the scale of payments. The system acted as a form of social security. Those who acquired titles paid a particular fee and then were entitled to share in the payments of those who later developed titles. Intense rituals helped you gain a title also which is a symbol of character. Religious restrictions...
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