Golden Stool

Topics: Ghana, History of Ghana, Ashanti Pages: 3 (974 words) Published: December 12, 2012
(Ghana) Ashanti cultural – The Golden Stool
Most people think Africa is a country and I occasionally hear people saying it, Africa is not a country but indeed a continent divided in many countries. Ghana is located in the western part of Africa sharing boundaries with Burkina Faso to the north, Togo to the east, and Cote d'Ivoire (or Ivory Coast) to the west and the south to the gulf of guinea, it’s a country full of culture and moral believes. The Ashanti Empire is one of the biggest in the history of Africa and is noted for its cultural celebrations linked with the golden stool dated back in 1896 which still exist till today; it serves as a symbol of togetherness to its people, and stands for the widest expanse of political authority which simple means all other stools fall under it. The Golden stool is the back bone of the Empire’s vitality and strength, the fruitfulness of the land, the fertility of the men and women, freedom from famine etc. These vital conditions edifying social life and do not only depend on natural cause, but also reflect the spiritual strength of the Golden Stool. The king of the Empire directs the stool only on festival purification day, the “Odwira festival” (that is the name of the festival) as he speaks the words of libation to the ancestors of the land for protection and the prosperity of the entire people, for example these are some of the words that the king uses when pouring libation, It is usually on Fridays. “Stool of kings, I sprinkle water upon you,

May your power return sharp and fierce.
When I and another meet (in battle)
As when I met Denkyira; you let me cut off his head.
As when I met Akyem; you let me cut of his head.
As when I met Domina; you let me cut off his head.
The edges of the year have met,
I pray for life.
May our Empire prosper, May our women bear children.
May our hunters kill meat and for those who dig for gold
Let them get gold to dig, and grant that I get some
For the upkeep of my...
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