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Title:The Yewe cult among Southern Ewe-speaking people of Ghana
Author:Nukunya, G.K.
Periodical:Ghana Journal of Sociology
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:African religions
Abstract:The Yewe cult of the Ewe is devoted to the worship of the Thunder Pantheon in which Hebieso is the most prominent figure. It is said to have originated from Dahomey. Today although Yewe is found throughout the entire Ewe-speaking area of Togo and Ghana, it is particularly strong in Anlo and southern Togo. The data presented here refer specifically to Anlo practice of the cult. The A., who has an personal acquaintance with the cult, ends his description with defining Yewe as a religious organisation whose leaders use sorcery, secret rituals and public services rendered to the community to obtain general conformity to their wishes. Although there is some degree of secrecy in its operations and claims have been made to that effect, this cult lacks some important characteristics of West African Secret Societies and cannot be considered as one. Notes, ref.