How does the book address Eurocentric assumptions about the Igbo Tribe?…
How does the book address Eurocentric assumptions about the Igbo Tribe?
He expressed eloquence in African culture.
"Among the Ibo the art of conversation is regarded very highly, and proverbs are the palm-oil with which words are eaten (Achebe 7)."
Told Okonkwo to make a sacrifice for ruining the Week of Peace because he beat his wife
"Yes, Umuofia has decided to kill him. The Oracle of the Hills and the Caves has pronounced it. (Achebe 57)"
Having three wives and religiously beating them
"The ancient drums of death beat, guns and cannon were fired, and men dashed about in a frenzy, cutting down every tree or animal they saw, jumping over walls and dancing on the roof" (Achebe 121)
The crowing of cocks is how they tell the time
"As he broke the kola, Unoka prayed to their ancestors for life and health, and for protection against their enemies" (Achebe 6).
"[. . .] Okoye said the next half a dozen sentences in proverbs" (Achebe 7).
Okonkwo disappointed the earth goddess and ended up having to flee from the clan to Mbanta (Achebe 124)
Priest and priestess
It is believed that the pirest/ priestess can be possessed by the spirits of their gods.
"Once in a while Chielo was possessed by the spirit of her god and she began to prophesy."
"There were only four titles in the clan, ad only one or two men in any generation ever achieved the fourth and highest. When they did they became the lords of the land" (Achebe 123).
They even had a "courtroom" to judge cases.
"The titled men and elders sat on their stools waiting for the trials to begin."
They have their ancestors, "egwugwu" to make the judges.
16 years old was the prime time for the marriage of a woman (teenager)
The older men were respected by the entire village.
Ezeudu was the oldest man in his village. "Ezuedu was a great man, and so all the clan was at his funeral. (Achebe 121)"