Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

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What justice system does the Ibo culture have before the white men arrive in Things Fall Apart?

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The Ibo justice system before the white man's arrival was very traditional and intertwined with their religion. For example, the many taboos and forbidden actions could be counted among laws. The novel points this out several times that there were some aspects of the lives of Ibo people that didn't need to be enforced at all because breaking those rules was unthinkable. This includes one of the crimes committed by a Christian convert, who kills the sacred python, the emanation of the god of water. The novel has this to say on the matter:

If a clansman killed a royal python accidentally, he made sacrifices of atonement and performed an expensive burial ceremony such as was done for a great man. No punishment was prescribed for a man who killed the python knowingly. Nobody thought that such a thing could ever happen.

As another answers to this question have pointed out, the Ibo justice system revolved largely around balancing. If the natural order of things was pushed out of balance, it...

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