• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Ibo Culture

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Debbie Li Ms. Hill 9th Grade English, Class 4 April 16, 2002 Ibo Culture In the novel, Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe, the Ibo culture considered women inferior to men and thus they did not participate equally in ceremonies. For example, women were not allowed to represent themselves, or partake directly in the justice system. This justice system consisted of egwugwu, which were masqueraders, impersonating ancestral spirits of the village, who arbitrated on matters of dispute. Women did not have a hand in the trial: "There were many women, but they looked on from the fringe, like outsiders" (Achebe 87). While seeming to be at least part of the ceremony, in actuality the women were little more than tokens, being present without actually participating. ...read more.

Middle

However, the wife was not even allowed to defend herself, and was obligated to allow her male relatives to defend her to the egwugwu: " 'Let us hear Odukwe [the brother]. His words may also be good' " (Achebe 91). It was not even considered to ask the woman about her side of the story; it was immediately assumed that the brother would voice in his sister's defense. She was considered substandard, and the Ibo believed she would not have the ability to defend her own self. Another example of how women, because of their perceived "inferiority," did not partake fully in rituals was that they did not play a major role in their own wedding rituals, such as bride-price negotiations. ...read more.

Conclusion

She returned to her mother's hut, as it would be unseemly for her to participate in her own marriage negotiations because it would seem too aggressive. Therefore, the daughter didn't have any voice or opinion on her future spouse, so she wasn't able to object to any flawed qualities he may have had. Since the Ibo did not trust her judgment, she had to depend on the assessment of her male relatives over her own. It is no wonder that the women of the Ibo people were the epitome of humility; in reflecting the opinion of their culture by being acquiescent, Ibo women did not involve themselves in the many ceremonies that defined the Ibo culture. ?? ?? ?? ?? Li 1 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our University Degree Anthropology section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related University Degree Anthropology essays

  1. Things Fall Apart provides a rich introduction into traditional Ibo culture and values. Present ...

    Even when the Christians come to Umuofia the Africans allowed them to build there church in the Evil Forest thinking that the evil will destroy them, but nothing happened to the church by the supposedly evil spirit, instead the people of clan had burnt down the church.

  2. Colonialism, Nationalism and Islamism: Discourse on Women in Egypt.

    More and more women were attending schools, women were to join the discourse on women in Islam and many upper or upper-middle class urban women had already began to remove their veils. Agitation and political protest based on nationalism began to become more vocal from 1910 onwards.

  1. Oranges an autobiographical novel? No not at all and yes of course

    The fact that she does not live completely within one culture or the other, yet cannot escape the influences of either, gives her a unique insight. Not a Chinese insight or that of an American, but a specifically Chinese American perspective.

  2. An Assessment of the United States Army's Organizational Culture

    military forces. Although the President is the commander-in-Chief this does not mean that the Army only has one leader. Like many corporations the Army has various levels of leadership. Although the exact details of the Army's structure are complicated and well beyond the scope of this paper the basic army

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work