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Title:Elders, Office-Holders and Ancestors among the Sisala of Northern Ghana
Author:Mendonsa, Eugene L.
Year:1976
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Volume:46
Issue:1
Pages:57-65
Language:English
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:Sisala
ancestor worship
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Links:https://www.jstor.org/stable/1159093
http://gateway.proquest.com/openurl?url_ver=Z39.88-2004&res_dat=xri:pao:&rft_dat=xri:pao:article:4011-1976-046-00-000007
Abstract:Aim is to analyze Sisala beliefs about ancestors in the light of Kopytoff's thesis that there is no significant difference between dead ancestors and living elders. The author argues in this paper that it is important to understand that the attitudes of respect, fear, protection, power and wisdom are important components of the ancestor cult and sacrifice among the Sisala. Sections: Sisala social structure - ancestor worship or ancestor respect? - cult or eldership complex - sacrifices or gift-giving? Conclusion: this discussion seems to indicate that the Sisala recognize both similar and differences between living elders and dead ancestors. Notes, ref., résumé en français.
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