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· Chinua Achebe

Arthur J. Magida

in Opening the Doors of Wonder

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780520245457
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941717 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520245457.003.0005
· Chinua Achebe

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A strong and uncritical relationship with one's religion may actually, and quite paradoxically so, be extremely instrumental in accelerating one's departure from his/her own religion, under/owing to certain circumstances or their resonance across time and space. These individuals do not reject religion altogether and move on to resort to a different religion, proving that within the religious framework, followers look for variants which are relevant to their socio-economic milieu, or can be rendered relevant, post-conversion. This chapter takes up the instance of noted Nigerian literary figure Chinua Achebe, to explain the phenomenon of abandoning one's religion. A member of the ethnic Ibo tribe, Chinua's baptism and separation from indigenous rites owed to his missionary parentage. The chapter infers that the subhuman light which the indigenous tribes were cast in, by the colonial discourse, forged in them vertical aspiration. And adopting Christianity was the closest bet, at least at the time.

Keywords: Chinua Achebe; Ibo; Nigeria; colonial; indigenous rites

Chapter.  3616 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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