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Conflict Between Modernity and Tradition

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by Taylor Werle on 22 October 2012

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Transcript of Conflict Between Modernity and Tradition

THE RIVER BETWEEN: Muthoni
Becomes a symbol of rebellion
Nyambura
Is torn apart by the conflicting sides and becomes a weapon for Kabonyi
Waiyaki
Becomes known as the "Black Messiah" and the "Teacher" Turns individuals into subjects: The Conflict Between
Tradition and Modernity Civil war
Doesn't give the villages a chance to fight back - "divide and conquer"
Tribe members will be forced to compete for power Creates a rift between villages and within cultures: New religion leaves holes in the hearts of individuals
Lost connections with land and culture
Feelings of betrayal and resentment
Loss of language Results in an individual and tribal identity crisis: "[T]he biggest weapon wielded ...by imperialism...is the cultural bomb. The effect of a cultural bomb is to annihilate a people’s belief in their names, in their languages, in their environment, in their heritage of struggle, in their unity, in their capacities and ultimately in themselves. It makes them see their past as one wasteland of non-achievement and it makes them want to distance themselves from that wasteland. It makes them want to identify with that which is furthest removed from themselves; for instance, with other peoples’ languages rather than their own. It makes them identify with that which is decadent and reactionary, all those forces which would stop their own springs of life." - Ngugi wa Thiong'o
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