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Igbo Religion In Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

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Igbo Religion in “Things Fall Apart” Religion is different all around the world, there are more than 4,000 religions in the world itself according to Reference.com. However, the Igbo religion is one of the strongest and most historic religions. In the book Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe Igbo people believe in many gods but one of them is the supreme god Chukwu. The main character Okonkwo is a very religious person and he witnesses his village and people change because of religion. Throughout the story Okonkwo tries to stay true to his religion but fails each time, like when Okonkwo tries following the rules of his religion but messes up when he kills Ikemefuna, then he tries to keep his family in the religion but fails to keep his son in it, and then he tries to keep his village from becoming christian but sees that there is no more hope.…show more content…
There are many rules to follow in the Igbo religion and if you break them it could sometimes mean exile or even death. “As the man who had cleared his throat drew up and raised his machete, Okonkwo looked away. He heard the blow. He heard Ikemefuna cry, My father they have killed me! Dazed with fear, Okonkwo drew his machete and cut him down” (61). Okonkwo knew that it was bad to kill someone from the village but he didn’t want to look weak. He knew that if he would of done it in front of his people they would of exiled him or killed him. Later on when he accidentally shot a guy and was exiled for seven years. Times were getting harder for him and his
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