What does the kola nut symbolize, and why does Ezeani refuse to accept it from Okonkwo during the week of peace?

In Igbo society offering kola nut to the visitor is a symbol of hospitality. When Okonkwo brought out kola nut and placed it before Ezeani, the priest of the earth goddess, the priest ordered him to take away his kola nut from there, because he didn’t want to eat kola nut in the house of a man who had no respect for their gods and ancestors. Because Okonkwo had beaten his third youngest wife, Ojiugo, during the week of peace by violating the law of Igbo society which said that no man should say harsh word to his neighbour during this week. They all should live in peace and here Okonkwo broke the law of the week of peace by doing a sin of beating his wife.

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