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In most countries even in the United States where there is a separation of church and state religion has a substantial effect on many peoples lives Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe follows a man Okonkwo through his life in the Igbo village of Umuofia Religion and faith are central themes to the story because they are both integral in Umuofia society During the 1800s European explores attempted to penetrate the eastern Niger River once they were successful the Europeans began trading their goods for the Igbo peoples palm oil After gaining the trust of the Igbo people missionaries were invited to settle on Igbo territory here they began sharing their Christian beliefs trying to win converts to Christianity which was still in its prime years at the time The conversions marked the beginning of the social changes in the Igbo villages in Things Fall Apart modifications that could not be undone occurred and changed the tribes forever In Things Fall Apart Christian teachings had a significant impact on the Igbo peoples colonization the foundation of Christianity was the single most important factor which enabled the Europeans to run a virtual empire Before the twentieth century the Igbo peoples were not considered one united group There were over two hundred separate groups and perhaps 20-30 villages that spoke similar but distinct dialects Since the beginning of their time Igbo peoples have placed religion at the center of their lives Chukwu God was believes to the supreme god who created all tings and demanded obedience Ohadike 21 In the Igbo creation story the first human family was created it was composed of Eze Nri his wife his son and his daughter The land was submerged and there was no food around them Chukwu gave Eze Nri a yam and told him and his family to share the food The next morning Eze Nri prayed to Chukwu for more yams he was given yam seeds
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