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First Out of Africa - The totally isolated Tribe of the Andaman (Sky Vision Documentary) - YouTube

There are still people in this world who have no idea that civilization exists. On remote islands in the Bay of Bengal live mysterious tribes. The five-foot ...
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The video teaches us about a certain tribe in Africa which has no idea about any existing civilizations around them. We learn about their everyday lifestyle. Religion is very important to this tribe. They worship one god that is believed to control everything in their lives. Ceremonies are also important to this tribe. The most frequent ceremony is one which they hold everytime a hunt is successful. They pray to their god Ali to thank him for the food he has provided them.
In things fall apart ceremonies are very important to this culture. They hold a ceremony to thank Chukwu for the succusful harvests they have. This is possibly the most important event of the year to them. A feast is help for the whole village and everyone dresses up including children and the elderly.

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This website explores many aspects of the Igbo culture. It covers topics such as religion, food, language, and even education. The religion portion of the website begins by explaining how the Igbo people believe in one creator named Chukwu. Then it explains how this god can be reached through minor gods and spirits. Ancestors are believed to protect the living and they are also believed to be responsible for rain, harvest, health and children. The religion part of the site ends by discussing the various holidays and ceremonies of the culture. It covers the sacred week of peace, Christmas, Easter, and the harvest ceremony.
All of these topics covered on the website played some sort of role in the novel Things Fall Apart. Religion and ceremonies are the most important part of the book. Almost everyone in the town participates in these events and show much appreciation towards the gods and spirirts. " The oracle of the Hills and Caves has pronounced it(Achebe.)" This qoute is talking about how the spirit of the Hills and Caves made a decision that was respected by the clan even though it wasn't the answer they wanted. Their are also ceremonies in the novel which are done to show respect towards the god such as the sacred week of peace and the harvest ceremony.

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Deities of the Igbo Religion

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The article Deities of the Igbo Religion discuses in depth about the main god of the Igbo religion. The name of this god is Chukwu. The name translates to " The Great Spirit". Chukwu is seen as an all powerful god and creator of the minor gods. He is said to live in the sky and is associated with the sun as it being his eye watching down upon earth. The article also discusses Ala, the goddess of the earth. This goddess is associated with the moon because the moon is seen as a feminine symbol. It says that Chukwu is the giver of the moral law while Ala is the enforcer of these laws.
Ala is also the god witch is believed by the Igbo people to facilitate the growth of healthy crops. They hold rituals and ceremonies honoring her to hope they will have an abundant harvest. These two gods are meant to represent the difference between genders in their culture.
In the novel Things Fall Apart the gods and goddess bring great joy and spirit to the tribe however, at the same time they bring great anger and fear. This seems to be because most of their culture is based on farming if the year brings little rain or too much sunlight this is seen to the people as a warning or a punishment. Before the harvest is started for the season a celebration is held honoring Ala. This event is a big deal Women cook and clean, children make banners and signs, and men go hunting to prepare for this celebration. The gods play a major role in the book and especially in Igbo culture. I think without these gods the peoples morals would be extremely low because religion is really the biggest aspect of their lives.

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God's Bits of Wood

God's Bits of Wood | Nigeria | Scoop.it
In 1947-48 the workers on the Dakar-Niger railway staged a strike. In this vivid, timeless novel, Ousmane Sembène envinces the color, pas...
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This book looks interesting because it teaches about a more urban African environment. Many people are more aware of the rural tribes in Africa however in some places there is more techology such as railways. This book seem like it would be a good book to read  because I would like to learn more about African culture and how it varies from countries..

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This article is about Mongolian wrestling. In Mongolia, wrestling is seen as a sport that proves strength and endurance. It talks about the very first olympics and and how women were absent from these games because it was believed if they participated in these games the games would be polluted by them. Women also couldn't participate because nudity was required to participate and that was seen as inappropriate to them.The article goes on to discuss how Mongolian wrestling has evolved over time and even eventually allow women to participate. Finally we learn a little bit about Olympic wrestling and the Mongolian team up to present day.
In the Novel Things Fall Apart the clan members held an annual wrestling competition. This event is huge. There are drummers that line the field and so many spectators that they are help back. The matches start with boys between the age of fifteen and sixteen. Ekwefi, one of Okonkwo wives greatly enjoys the wrestling matches becaues Okonkwo won her heart during on of the previous matches years before. "It was difficult to say which the people enjoyed more- the feasting and the fellowship of the first day or the wrestling contest of the second '(Achebe 39). This explains the importance of this competition. It takes place during what the clan would probably consider the most important celebration of the year because they believe this will make the final impression to Chukwu and that is what will determine the greatness of their harvest."

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This article discusses many aspects of Nigerian cultures. It covers topics from food all the way to recreation and even living conditions. However, one very important part of Nigerian culture is their religion. The Igbo believe in a supreme god who watches over its people from a distance along with minor gods such as Ala the earth goddess. Spirits are also believed to be real by the igbo and they believe their goodwill comes from how they treat them. The article also discusses how the igbo people have many celebrations for harvesting their crops. These are not national holidays but are celebrated by virtually all villages.
In the novel Things Fall Apart religion is probably the topic that is brought up the most. Almost everything they say or do is influenced by the gods or spirits. In the novel Okonkowo beats his wife during the sacred week of peace and the village becomes outraged. Elders discuss how this is a rare occasion because everyone wants to respect the gods to insure they remain healthy and have fertile soil for their yams. " The evil you have done can ruin the whole clan. The earth goddess whom you have insulted may refuse to give us her increase, and we shall perish" (Achebe 30). After the village found out Oknonkowo broke the sacred peace he went to talk to the priest. The priest was worried for the whole village because he thinks the goddess of earth will treat them badly. This shows how religion is very important and can not only cause happiness but also grief.

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Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1)

Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1) | Nigeria | Scoop.it
THINGS FALL APART tells two overlapping, intertwining stories, both of which center around Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in N...
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n the beginning of the novel Okonkwo explains how his father was a poor man who couldn't support his whole family. Next a clan meeting is called and it is announced that a murder has taken place of the wife of a tribesman. Okonkwo goes to Mbaino and tells them they must give a virgin and a young boy.If they do not do so the tribes would go to war with each other. We learn that Okonkwo is quite wealthy and is able to support a large family. He has three wives, eight children, and each wife has her own hut. The clan decides that the boy, Ikemefuna, will stay with Okonkwo. He has many stories to tell the other children and has certain skills such as making bamboo flutes. Shortly before the clans harvest the village holds The Feast of the New Yams to give thanks to the the earth goddess. During this celebration Okonkwo becomes angry and beats his second wife. The day after the feast is when the annual wrestling competition takes place. When the tournament happens the village is very excited . Spectators must be held back. Ikemefuna stays with Okonkwo’s family for three years. In the novel Okonkwo starts to become depressed. He refuses to eat or drink. He visits Obierika, and congratulates Maduka on his successful wrestling.One day Ekwefi wakes Okonkwo to inform him that Ezinma, is dying. This is very hard for her because Ekwefi is her only daughter since the nine other children died at birth. Okonkwo visits a doctor to be informed that a wicked child who kept entering the whom was tormenting her. The medicine man mutilated the third baby to make sure it wouldn't return. The village holds a ceremony to bring justice to the village of an issue of a women's brother stealing the children from the husband. However, the village decides in favor of the brothers

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