The Igbo People

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The Igbo People

The Igbo people were a highly religious and close knitted community, at least when it came to their own particular clans and tribes. They relied heavily on their farming and looked upon the strongest farmers as those blessed by the gods and carrying a good chi (Achebe, 17). By the late 1800’s however, the Igbo people came into contact with British colonialism and soon their culture and beliefs began to spread thinly among the few who remained true to their gods and superstitions. The reason for the great fragmentation of the Igbo people came about because they were always a fragmented group spread out into dozens of different Igbo clans (Miers, 437), their strong belief that the gods would intervene in the blasphemous was of the missionaries, and the missionaries use of medicine to keep the “destructive power” of the Ibgo gods at bay, making those very gods they relied on so heavily seem powerless against “the albinos.”

The Igbo people were a strong community, strength that could have helped keep their culture alive and their belief system resilient against the introduction of the one God belief by the British colonials and their plan to missionize all the lost souls of the land. But the strength that they truly had with their people were limited within the vast amount of clans that they formed separately from one another, like the Umuofia clan that Okonkwo was part of. There were moments of unification when it came to the yearly celebrations and marriages, but when stories began to travel amongst the tribes and the actions of the missionaries they turned away and believed that it was only limited to the other clans and their gods would protect them as long as they kept to their prayer and listened to their oracles. It’s inaction that has caused a lot of atrocities in history from the Kristallnacht or Night of Broken Glass in November of 1938 in Germany, which signaled the coming horrors of the Holocaust, where the Nazi party began its...
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