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Ibo Culture: Food
Transcript of Ibo Culture: Food
Ibo cookery serves to fill necessary nutritional value and show signs of respect.
Women rely on their cooking abilities to keep their man well fed and satisfied with her performance. One of the first things presented in a formal greeting between friends, visitors, and family.
Offering drinks, food, and meat are not regarded nearly as important as the offering of the kola-nut
The symbol of hospitaly has 3 steps
Breaking of the kola-nut
Distribution It is a sign of disrespect for a guest to refuse food
However, they are not expected to finish all the food and leave morsels of it behind. Otherwise the impression is that they have not had food in a long time.
The Eldest man eats first when food is shared at a home or workplace. Used to wash down food
The youngest man usually serves the wine to the eldest, or most titled man.
After formalities are finished, the remaining men are equals in being served. Yams tend to be the main source of food, stable enough to stupport the entire region on this single crop.
Serving as a universal cooking peice, the yam could be cut, boiled, smoked, barbequed, fried, or grilled and makes an apperance in appetizers, entrees, and desserts The New Yam Festival
With the economy depending on yam production, this tradition is considered mandatory for good yam production.
The first yam is always eaten by the eldest tribe member. In the igbo culture, soups and meats are a very good nutritional meal. They are usually served with a side of yams are pounded or joloff rice. They are made with palm oils.The key component to soups and stews are chicken, cow, goat, turkey, dry fish, or stock fish. They are made on special occasions like a uri, a betrothal ceremony. Quote "He who brings kola brings life. But I think you ought to break it." (Achebe 6) Quote "When they finished, each brought her bowl of foo-foo and bowl of soup to her husband. An oil lamp was lit and Okonkwo tasted from each bowl, and then passed two shares to Nwoye and Ikemefuna."
(Achebe 54) Quote "Not only is yams a main dish in the Ibo culture it also shows the ranking of men" (Achebe 8)
"Yam, the king of crops, was a very exacting
king" (Achebe 33) Quote "The thick dregs of palm-wine were supposed to be good for men who were going to their wives." (Achebe 21) Quote "The Festival of the New Yam was approaching and Umuofia was in a festival mood. It was an occasion for giving thanks to Ani, the earth goddess and the source of all fertility. Ani played a greater part in the life of the people than any other diety. She was the ultimate judge of morality and conduct. And what was more, she was in close communication with the departed fathers of the clan whose bodies had been committed to earth." (Achebe 36) Quote "Okonkwo was sitting on a goatskin already eating his first wife's meal. Obiageli, who had brought it from her mother's hut, sat on the floor waiting for her to finish." (Achebe 44) Farming for Food Quote “When they had cut the goats’ throats and collected the blood in a bowl, they held them over an open fire to burn off the hair, and the smell of burning hair blended with the smell of cooking. Then they washed them and cut them up for the women who prepared the soup" (Achebe 114)
Farming allowed food to thrive in in the igbo culutre. Not only was it a source for food but it also showed rank and class. The ibo people had to rely on those crops which can be grown in greatest numbers; both as a matter of survival by consumption and by being able to sell the surplus of these crops on the open market. Quote “As the rains became heavier the women planted maize, melons and beans between the yam mounds. The yams were staked, first with little sticks and later with tall and big tree branches. The women weeded the farm three times at definite periods in the life of the yams, neither early nor late" (Achebe 33) Questions What foods in today's american society resemble the customs brought about in the Ibo culture?
How do meals at Thanksgiving and foods from Christmas relate to festivities in Okonkwo's village?
What commonalities keep families centered on food prduction in both America and the Ibo culture? Bibiliography "Igbo Culture." KWENU: Our Culture, Our Future. N.p., n.d. Web. 8 Feb. 2013. <http://www.kwenu.com/igbo/igbowebpages/Igbo.dir/Culture/culture_and_socialization.html>.
"Food and Recipes." Igbo Food and Recipes. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Feb. 2013. <http://www.igboguide.org/HT-chapter3.htm>