Igbo lifestyle is highly stylized, from its ritual speech to the actions performed for certain ceremonies. Most of these formalized interactions occur in an attempt to show respect to some external being – another man, an ancestral spirit, or a god. Respect and knowledge of one’s role in society is very important in determining such customs. Another institution that rituals address and honor is the family unit. Stylized language, in particular, seeks to hold the family together by means of promises.
The traditions of the Umuofia are used to show respect to either the family unit or the gods.
The coming of the Christians is the sole cause of the breakdown of Umuofia traditions and customs.