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In looking at Things Fall Apart and its representation of two entirely dissimilar groups of people cultural superiority is questioned When diverse cultures cross there is controversy concerning which way of life is better One culture may feel that the way of life they have been living is better than the other However it is not for any ethnicity to say their society is better than another In fact a group may actually be causing harm to another by simply trying to prove their culture is better It is clear that for the Ibo people the Ibo culture is best for their lives This becomes evident by observing how the natives view and respect their culture how the government of the Ibo tribe functions and how the Christian culture disrespects the Ibo Achebe provides examples of how the natives feel about their own culture They highly respect their culture and religion Their religion has many Gods who keep order among the people Achebe is very concerned with representing the Umuofia Tribe as having a distinct culture and civilization The tribe is very cultural and its people believe sincerely in their Gods When they break the Kola nuts and make offerings they show they are civilized and respect one-another Also the Ibo are cultured enough to understand and differentiate among different customs You say there is one supreme God who made heaven and earth said Akunna on one of Mr Browns visits We also believe in Him and call Him ChukwuPg 179 By contrasting the two religions in this way Achebe indicates that these natives are very proud of their religion and are capable of understanding and relating their religion to the newly come Christianity It is important that the natives are proud of their religion This shows they are cultured people proud of their society Any society with proud people who back it up is a good society By observing how the Ibo government functions
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