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Title:'Sakrobundi ne Aberewa': Sie Kwaku the Witch-Finder in the Akan World
Author:McCaskie, T.C.
Year:2004
Periodical:Transactions of the Historical Society of Ghana (ISSN 0855-3246)
Issue:8
Pages:82-135
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Ghana
West Africa
Great Britain
Subjects:Akan
colonialism
Ashanti polity
witchcraft
witch-hunting
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Religion and Witchcraft
History and Exploration
History, Archaeology
Akan (African people)
history
About person:Sie Kwaku (geboren c. 1845)
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/41406710
Abstract:'Sakrobundi' and 'Aberewa' were witch-finding powers among the Akan in Asante (Ghana). This paper examines the history of 'Aberewa', which enjoyed a brief but spectacular success in the early 1900s; explores the links between 'Aberewa' and the earlier anti-witchcraft movement known as 'Sakrobundi'; and presents a life history of Sie Kwaku (born c. 1845) of Welekei in Gyaman, the leading actor in both 'Sakrobundi' and 'Aberewa' and a significant figure in the still understudied history of Akan belief. Attention is also paid to the attitude of chiefs and British colonial officials towards 'Aberewa'. Bibliogr., notes, ref. (Definitive version of article later mistakenly published in: Journal des africanistes, t. 75, fasc. 1 (2005), p. 163-207.) [ASC Leiden abstract]
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