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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Antecedents of Asante Culture
Author:Darkwah, Akosua K.
Periodical:Transactions of the Historical Society of Ghana
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:cultural history
Ashanti polity
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:The contribution of the Asante subgroup to the cultural development of the Akan (Ghana) is generally well known. However, there were also other Akan subgroups, less successful than the Asante militarily, whose State systems predated the Asante Kingdom, who also made important contributions to the development of what is often described as 'Asante culture'. Each of these pre-Asante cultures was inherited by the Asante Kingdom as it gradually conquered the preexisting States in the course of the eighteenth century. Several elements of 'Asante culture' are examined, including the monarchical institution and its regal paraphernalia, the military system, political institutions, festivals, beads, gold ornaments and gold weights. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]