Traditions can hold a community together through Symbolism

Traditions can hold a community together through Symbolism
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  • Everything they have is thoroughly washed and scrubbed in preparation for the New Yam Festival
  • Okonkwo, Okagbue, and villagers are trying to help Ezinma and her daughter to shed the Ogbanje spirit
  • They agree on the marriage so that everything goes to plan and the man has heirs to his family. This tradition allows families in communities to come together to come to a deal.
  • "The New Yam Festival was thus an occasion for joy throughout Umuofia. And every man whose arm was strong as the Ibo people say, was expected to invite guests from far and wide. Okonkwo always asked his wive's relations, and since he now had three wives his guests would make a fairly big crowd." pg. 33
  • Having two people negotiating is how they traditionally solve their problems. Decisions were then made as a clan making the cause of war more justified and everyone would be more unified.
  • Ogbanje:  "Woman and children returning from the stream wtih osts of water on their heads wondered what was happening until they sw Okagbue and guessed that it must be something to do with ogbnaje. And they all knew Ekwefi and her daughter very well. " pg 69
  • We have come together in the Week of Peace to honor the Earth Goddess so that we do well.
  • Bride Price: "In this way Akueke's bride-price was finally settled at twenty bags of cowries. It was already dusk when the two partites came to this agreement." pg. 62
  • Okonkwo was a wrestler for his village and many people would come together to watch and cheer on the events. The wrestlers would be known by all.
  • Deciding to go to War:  "And so the neighboring clans who naturally knew of these things feared Umuofia, and would not go to war against it without first trying  peaceful settlement. And in fairness to Umuofia it should be recorded that it never went to war unless its case was clear and just and was accepted as such by its Oracle..."
  • The Ibo gods: "The evil you have done can ruin the whole clan. The earth goddess whom you hav insulted may refuse to give us her increase and we shall all perish...." pg 27
  • Wrestling: " The drums beat and the flues sang and the spectators held their breath. Amalinze was a wily craftsman, but Okonkwo was as slippery as a fish in water..." pg3
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