Monday, November 19, 2012

In north Ghana, the village of Tengzug has still preserved its animist traditions. The English colonial armies have tried several times to take control of the local people, to no avail, because ofthe rugged terrain and distant location.In front of the entrances of each compound there were small shrines to prepossess the Gods. On the picture on the bottom right you can still see the feathers sticking to the shrine.

For a small fee it was possible to visit the animist village, where the people still live according to the old animist-traditions. The shrine was mainly a rock formation overlooking the village. In contrast to the other main religions in the area one is only allowed to visit the shrine topless and with shorts above ones knees.

The local priest is still regarded with high esteem throughout Ghana and abroad. When we visited we had to wait for a group of young men that had come to visit the local priest for consultation that had come from Accra. We could not take any pictures of the place where the priest made the sacrifices, but we were deeply impressed by the pile of feathers in the corner of the cave. It must have been at least one cubic meter.

Inthe village the prestige of village chief is perceived through the fact that he has 18 (!) wives. The chief’s family lives separately from the other common peope in a compound counting nearly four hundred people, that are all related to him.

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