Describe pre colonial Nigeria and the Igbo way of life in Things Fall Apart
In addition to the values and traditions mentioned in the previous post, the Igbo people also had their own judicial and punitive system established. Men in the village were secretly elected to be Egwugwu. The men would wear masks to hide their identity. The people believed that when the men wore the masks, the spirit of a god would enter them. These egwugwu would listen to grievances in the community and pass judgement and punishment.
The process of this judicial system is seen when the egwugwu pass judgment on a husband who beat his wife so badly that she miscarried. The wife runs away to her family and the husband...
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