The Feast of the New Yam

I found it fascinating that The Feast of the New Yam was held in celebration of Ani, the earth goddess. Early on in the book, it is made apparent that the “yam, the king of all crops, was a man’s crop” (23). In chapter five, the first paragraph praises Ani, a woman, for her commitment to earth. It is ironic to me that a yam is a man’s crop, when it fact, it celebrates a woman. Throughout the novel, the women are seen as having a lack of power, yet the largest feast is in honor of a powerful woman.