What does the path symbolize in "Dead Men's Path"?
The path in "Dead Men's Path" represents:
...the path's historical and spiritual significance as the sacred link between the villagers, their dead ancestors, and the yet unborn. ("Dead Men's Path" Enotes)
This path was vitally important to the villagers and held much symbolic importance, and because of their religious beliefs, was even more important. Because the path was cordoned off by Obi, the villagers saw that as a blatant sign of disrespect and they took matters into their own hands. Later, Obi was dismissed because of his blatant disregard for the villagers.