Rattray, R. S. (Robert Sutherland), 1881-1938. Ashanti law and constitution

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I The Family, Or ‘domestic Establishment’

Ii The Family Father And Children.

Iii The Family Uncle, 1 Nephews, And Nieces.

Iv The Family The Wife. 1

V The Family Slaves.

Note On ‘answer-names’ For Slaves.

Vi The Family Pawns.

Vii The Family Residence

Viii The Clan

Ix The Ashanti Constitution At The Period Immediately Preceding The Battle Of Feyiase. 1

X The Ashanti Constitution At The Feyiase And Post-feyiase Period

Xi The Constitution The Personnel Of A Typical Ashanti Territorial Division

Xii The Constitution Birempon And Adamfo.

Xiii The Constitution The Restrictions Imposed Upon The Internal And External Autonomy Of The Various Territorial Divisions By The Acknowledgement Of The Divisional Chief At Kumasi As Asante Hene ( King Of Ashanti ).

Xiv The Constitution Sources Of Revenue And System Of Finance.

Xv The Constitution War And The Army.

Xvi The History And Constitution Of Certain Territorial Divisions Introductory.

Xvii History And Constitution Of Asumegya 1

Xviii History And Constitution Of Bekwai

Xix The History And Constitution Of Juaben 1

Xx The History And Constitution Of Kokofu

Note On The Ahantan 'bo (the Proud Stone) At Kokofu.

Xxi The History And Constitution Of Kumawu

Xxii The History And Constitution Of Mampon 1

Xxiii The History And Constitution Of Nsuta

Xxiv Komfo Anotche 1

Xxv Law And Procedure Introductory.

Xxvi Law And Procedure Sins Or Tribal Taboos ( Oman 1 Akyiwadie ) Murder And Suicide.

Xxvii Law And Procedure Sins Or Tribal Taboos ( Oman Akyiwadie ) Certain ‘sexual Offences’.

Xxviii Law And Procedure Sins Or Tribal Taboos ( Oman Akyiwadie ) Certain Forms Of Abuse; Assault; Stealing. The Invocation Of A Curse Upon The Chief: Treason And Cowardice.

Xxix Law And Procedure Sins Or Tribal Taboos ( Oman Akyiwadie ) Witchcraft. The Violation Of Any Other Tribal Taboo. Noncompliance With Any Law Or Command, The Observance Of Which Was Enjoined By The ‘oath’.

Xxx Law And Procedure Household Cases ( Efiesem ) Theft.

Xxxi Law And Procedure Household Cases ( Efiesem ) Slander, Abuse, Tale-bearing, Assault.

Xxxii Law And Procedure Household Cases ( Efiesem ) The Law Of Property. Testamentary Disposition

Xxxiii Law And Procedure Land Tenure And Alienation. 1

Part I

A. The Religious Aspect Of Land Tenure:

B. A Retrospect:

C. The Effect Of The Advent Of Agriculture:

D. Transition From Tribal To Family, And From Family To Individual Usufruct:

E. Security Of Tenure:

Part Ii

Part Iii

Xxxiv Law And Procedure Household Cases ( Efiesem ) Pawning, Loans, Suretyship, Recovery Of Debts.

Procedure When The Debtor Could But Would Not Pay:

Other Modes Of Enforcing Payment Of A Debt:

The Custom Known As Bo Mmokwa:

Xxxv Law And Procedure The Sanctions In Ashanti Law

Capital Punishment:

Xxxvi Law And Procedure Procedure In The Chief's Court And That In Efiesem (household Cases)

Procedure In The Case Of A Trial Before The Central Authority:

Xxxvii Law And Procedure Procedure Ordeals.

Xxxviii Some Basic Principles In The Ashanti Constitution

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Title: Ashanti law and constitution

Published By: Oxford, England: Clarendon Press, 1929. xix, 420 p., 154 plates: ill.

By line: by Capt. R. S. Rattray, M.B.E., B.Sc. (Oxon.)

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Akan (FE12)

Subjects: Form and rules of government (642); Legal norms (671);

Abstract: This volume, the third of Rattray’s three major studies of the Ashanti, traces the development of legal, political, and judicial institutions from their origin in the simple family group under a house-father to their present-day function in the territorial divisions under a paramount chief. Detailed data are provided for the divisions of Asumegya, Bekwai, Juaben, Kokofu, Kumawu, Mampon, and Nsuta, and relationships between the divisions and the central state are indicated. Specific legal norms, including definitions of 'household' as opposed to 'tribal' offenses, property law, trial procedure, and sanctions are discussed in the latter part of this volume.

Document Number: 3

Document ID: fe12-003

Document Type: Component part(s), monograph

Language: English

Note: Omitted from Files: pp. 410-420. A glossary will be found in category 104

Field Date: 1921-192?

Evaluation: Ethnographer-5

Analyst: Mary L. Bartlett ; 1954

Coverage Date: not specified

Coverage Place: Ashanti; Ghana

LCSH: Akan (African people)


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