Ibo Traditions In Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

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Another facet required for harmonious interactions between contrasting cultures is the awareness of differing customs. The majority of white missionaries did not understand nor aim to become educated on the Ibo customs. Not only did missionaries bring in an alien judicial that the Ibo were completely unaccustomed to, the judicial system also did not adhere to their traditional customs or laws. It is blatantly obvious that the Christians had no intentions on respecting Ibo tradition, as Obierika explains when Okonkwo questions him about the white man’s judicial system “Does the white man understand our custom about land?” while Obierika responds “how can he when he does not even speak our tongue? But he says that our customs are bad…” (Achebe 176) According to Ibo tradition there are certain customs that must be followed for specific situations, such as land disputes. In an Ibo tribe if there is a land dispute the egwugwu, who govern the tribe, will give both…show more content…
The Christians were very disrespectful and inconsiderate of the Ibo, eventually causing the Ibo to retaliate angrily. After so many instances of the Christians disrespecting the Ibo religion and having no regard for their customs, the Ibo decide to serve an ultimatum. In spite of being given another chance, the missionaries still decide to remain in the Ibo village, therefore the Ibo burn down their church because they believed it brought evil to the area. Naturally the missionaries interpret their actions as savagery instead of a method of protecting the tribe and they base their judgements of the Ibo solely on their personal views, instead of looking at the situation from all perspectives. The Christian justice system is almost the exact opposite of the Ibo justice system, the Christians did not appeal to the Ibo at all, and only benefits the more preferred
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