Funeral Antagonism among the Akan: a focus on the death of a male

2022-02-01 03:27:24 Viewed: 506 Downloads: 490
  • Funeral Antagonism among the Akan: a focus on the death of a male

      Emmanuel Antwi Fordjour, Osei Yaw Akoto and Maxwell Mpotsiah

     Publisher: Journal of Indigenous and Shamanic Studies

    Pub: 2022-02-01 03:27:24

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  • Funeral ceremonies, from the Akan ethnographic perceptive, have the sole objective to honour the dead for their meritorious services to mankind. During such ceremonies, family members who have not been seen for years come together. It is a period used to settle family disputes, and in a situation where a man dies, family members get the opportunity to re-socialize with his wife and children who might have been well-educated and hold key positions in life and they are happy to have gotten such a well-nurtured and beautiful children to be part of their family. In the olden days, married women used to move into their husband’s family house to be integrated with the family such that they were allowed to continue living there even after their husband’s demise. However, due to urbanization and modernization, this cherished relationship seems to be waning. Some funeral ceremonies have degenerated into conflicts and therefore, disunited some families. The paper discusses the causes of funeral antagonism among the Akans in Ghana with an emphasis on the death of a man and also prescribes solutions to address it

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  • Keywords

    Antagonism; Akan Funerals; Death rituals; Superstition; Man


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