Death and the King's Horseman by Wole Soyinka

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Are there cultural overlaps between the British and the Yoruba people? What are they?

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I would argue that the concept of duty is one that is common to both British colonial and Yoruba culture alike. According to Yoruba folklore, Elesin is supposed to commit suicide so that his soul will accompany the king's into the next life. However, in trying to postpone his death, he's effectively failing in that duty. A duty that to the Yoruba is sacred.

It's perfectly understandable that Elesin doesn't want to die, but he's a relatively...

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