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Title:The funeral as a site for choreographing modern identities in contemporary Ghana
Author:Sutherland-Addy, EsiISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:Ghana Studies (ISSN 1536-5514)
Volume:12-13
Pages:217-248
Language:English
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:funerals
traditional rulers
identity
Abstract:This paper explores the conjuncture between the institution of chieftaincy as custodian of the traditions and culture of the peoples of Ghana, and the intense funeral ceremonies through which many of these traditions are performed. It is based on a multidisciplinary study conducted by the Institute of African Studies (IAS) of the University of Ghana on the funeral celebration of Nana Wereko Ampem II, chief of Amanokrom in the Akwapim area of the Eastern Region, and former Chancellor of the University of Ghana. This celebration took place from 28 Januari to 5 February 2006. The paper reflects on the funeral as a performance, and observes, in the same space, evolving facets of this important ceremony in the lives of Ghanaian citizens, both at the State and community level. One of the research objectives was to examine the general lexicon of codes in operation at the funeral with a view to demonstrating how these have been adapted to meet contemporary needs of the people who use them. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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