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Achebe in the novel Things Fall Apart conveys a flavor of traditional African culture in the 1800s But despite this it seems the tragedy of Okonkwo that embodies the theme of the novel Many of Achebes themes are not limited to the events in his novel but relate to Situations in which traditional values are questioned and people from different cultures meet the most profound impact being related to the themes of religion and justice Like any good religion the Igbo religion comes with many superstitions Personal chi is one of the superstitions in the Igbo tribe Chi can be a personal fragment of the Supreme Being unique for each individual It determines much of a persons success and character When a man says yes his chi says yes also 19 But at the same time a man does not challenge his chi 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 all perish 22 Ezeani said this to okonkwo in response to his challenge against his chi by beating his wife during the week of peace Okonkwo Became an example of a person challenging his own chi His desperate desire to succeed his chi does not let him go any further than failure destruction and death Chi is simultaneously a destiny and an internal commitment Which cannot be denied The Igbo religion has a tendency to symbolize numerous amounts of divine gods They had a god for every different natural phenomenon that occurred These things of worship were things such as trees pieces of wood hills caves etc For every symbolic god there was a being in the clan that represented it Ezeani the priestess of the goddess of the earth represented the goddess of earth Ani The clan seeks knowledge from the god through the oracle of the hills and caves Other
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