Who or what causes great conflict between the church and the clan?

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The relationship between the Christian church and the surrounding Igbo tribes in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart was always strained and tenuous at best. The village clansmen merely tolerated the Christian missionaries early in the novel, and considered them strange but overall harmless. This peace is disrupted, however, by new converts. More specifically, the osu individuals who were considered outcasts in the Igbo society find acceptance in the Christian church, and one convert supposedly gets carried away with his newfound zeal and murders a sacred python:

“The two outcasts shaved off their hair, and soon they were the strongest adherents of the new faith. And what was more, nerely all the osu in...

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