[2015] Melanie Zolocsik: Things Fall Apart- Religion

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[2015] Melanie Zolocsik: Things Fall Apart- Religion

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Religion:Igbolands belief is that there is one creater, God, also known as Chineke or Chukwu.The tradition Igbo religion has general respect for Ala or Ana, who is the Earth Goddess.There are two different kinds of priests. Hereditary lineage priests and priests who were chosen by certain deities for their service.

In things fall apart religion plays a big role in the decisions the Ibo Tribe makes in everyday life.


Things Fall Apart


Religion Quotes:"The evil you have done can ruin the whole clan. The earth goddess whom you have insulted may refuse to give us her increase, and we shall all perish."(pg. 38)"Unoka was an ill-fated man. He had a bad chi or personal god and evil fortune followed him... He died of the swelling which was an abomination to the earth goddess." (pg. 26) "If the song ended on his right foot, his mother was alive. If it ended on his left, she was dead... The first voice gets to Chukwu, or God's house." (pg. 64)"What you have done will not please the Earth. It is the kind of action for which the goddess wipes out whole families." (pg. 70)


More facts about their religion:The living ,dead, and unborn form part of a conitnuum.According to Chukwu the universe is divided into two levels: The human world and the spiritual level of spirits.

In Things Fall Apart since the Ibo Tribe relies so much on their religion for the decisions they make, it results in many of the deaths of their people. They believe that the Oracle decides who all lives and dies. For example Ikemefuna and his death.



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