Things Fall Apart
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THe Igbo believed that the wrestling matches reflected a boy's right of passage from childhood to adolescents and, for men, a sense of virility and power. Boys who win matches are showered with praise and seen as a future alpha-male type leader. Okonkwo defeated the "Cat" in this way which helped his reputation in this regard. These matches were also a social focal point for the tribe and caused much speculation about possible courtship matches.