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Title:Libation in Ga Ritual
Author:Kilson, Marion
Year:1969
Periodical:Journal of Religion in Africa
Volume:2
Issue:3
Pages:161-178
Language:English
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:African religions
sacrificial rites
Ga
Religion and Witchcraft
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/1594860
Abstract:Contribution to the growing body of literature on religion, in general, and on ritual symbolism, in particular. Presents a descriptive analysis of libation - a medial rite in a number of senses - as a sacrificial act in order to elucidate certain ideas about the ordering of the universe and about the meaning of sacrifice among the Ga, a cognatic Kwa-speaking people numbering about 236,000, and inhabiting coastal towns and villages on the Accra Plains, Ghana. This paper is concerned with traditional Ga religious conceptions and relations as they are expressed in the ritual of the kpele cult, which Ga believe to be their indigenous religious system. The paper is based upon fieldwork among the Ga in Accra, in 1964-65 and in 1968. Notes, charts.
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