The men that come to Umuofia destroy the cultural balance of faith and religion that encompasses the native people in Africa. People in Umuofia depend strongly on the ancestors and gods in their culture. It is their tradition and their beginning, from which they govern their lives. Even the priestess that serves the god Agbala, " was full of the power of her god, and she was greatly feared" (16). Without the stronghold of customs and traditions, only chaos exists. Peace, trust, and knowledge are thrown off when the new religion of Christianity is introduced. When the missionary explains that:
"All the gods you have named are not gods at all. They are gods of deceit
who tell you to kill your fellows and destroy innocent children. There is
only one true God and He has the earth, the sky, you and me and all of us" (121).
Decisions, opinions, and beliefs become uncertain and doubt appears. Cultural values, that ware held for generations, are pitted against the missionary's sermons. Although the missionaries come with the desire and intention to help the underdeveloped Ibo village reach its potential, the effects are upsetting to the native people and their culture.
Even though the missionaries bring hesitation to the tradition culture of the Ibo, they help the tribe progress in many ways. They assist in, " [building] a trading store and for the first time palm-oil and kernel became things of... [continues]
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