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Chapter 1

posted Oct 18, 2011 19:13:50 by zraymond@hinghamschools.com
Achebe describes a meeting between Unoka and Okoye. Describe the rituals completed during this meeting. What aspects of Ibo society do these rituals highlight? Why do you think Achebe describes this meeting in such great detail? How are these rituals similar to your own? What makes them different?
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TOMM04 said Oct 23, 2011 22:55:26
The ritual between Unoka and Okoye includes breaking a kola nut, drawing on the floor with chalk, and also painting their big toes with the chalk. Then, "Unoka prayed to their ancestors for life and health, and for protection against their enemies" (6). I also pray for my well-being and for my family, but instead of to ancestors, it is to God. My rituals also involve breaking something, as in the bread for communion, but Okoye and Unoka break a kola nut. They also draw using chalk, which I don't do during my rituals. Another similarity is that when meeting each other, Unoka and Okoye shook hands. Achebe described the meeting and the rituals because he wanted the reader to glimpse at the spirituality that the tribe had, and also reveal the important aspect of religion. He added them shaking hands to indicate that they were more civilized than we gave them credit for.
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