Religion and Class among the Colonized

George P. Landow, Professor of English and Art History, Brown University

Buchi Emecheta's The Slave Girl devotes far less time to the class and confluence of Christianity with indigenous belief than does Soyinka's Aké. She does, however, explain that "in many Ibo towns the wealthy and successful people were usually members of the Church of England. The masses, on the other hand, tended to become Roman Catholics" (9, 110-11). Does this relationship between religion and economic class replicate one in Britain, and if so, does it arise from the same causes?

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