Things Fall Apart

As the drums sound and the flutes blast, what appears out of the egwugwu house?

Chapter 10

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Nine men in the cult of the egwugwu impersonate the nine founders of the villages of Umuofia. During the ceremony, the men are considered to be the spirits of the clan. The transformation is spiritual and complete, in the same way that Catholics believe that the bread and wine literally become the body and blood of Christ.