Friday, November 23, 2012
Ezeudu Died and His Son.
Ezeudu was a great man and also the oldest man in the village. But unfortunately he had died. At his death there were only three men in the whole clan who were older and four or five others in his own age group. his funeral was great, such as befitted a noble warrior. Ezeudu had taken three titles in his life, it was a rare achievement. Because he had titles he was to be buried after dark with only a glowing brand to light the sacred ceremony. The drums and dancing began and reached fever heat. Guns were fired the last salute and the cannon rent the sky. From the center came a cry of agony were a boy laid on the ground in a pool of blood. And it was Ezeudu's sixteen year old son who had been dancing. But it was the gun of Okonkwo and it was a crime against the earth goddess to kill a clansman and the man who committed it must flee from the land. Okonkwo collected his valuables and headed out. Okonkwo had seven years in exile.