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African religion defined : a systematic study of ancestor worship among the Akan

Author: Anthony Ephirim-Donkor
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : University Press of America, ©2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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African religion is ancestor worship; it revolves around the dead, now thought to be alive and well in heaven (the Samanadzie) and propitiated by the living on earth. For the Akan, the ancestors' stool is the emblem of the ancestors (Nananom Nsamanfo). Led by their kings and queen mothers as living ancestors, the Akan periodically propitiate the ancestors' stools housing their ancestors. In return, the ancestors and  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony Ephirim-Donkor
ISBN: 0761860576 9780761860570
OCLC Number: 816563951
Description: x, 208 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Cosmology --
Ancestor worship --
Witchcraft --
Sacrifices --
Living ancestors --
The ancestors' stool.
Responsibility: Anthony Ephirim-Donkor.
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This second edition updates the scholarship on ancestor worship by demonstrating the centrality of the ancestors' stool as the ultimate religious symbol among the Akan. All chapters have been  Read more...

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