Girls' nubility rites on Ashanti
Tema, Ghana: Ghana Pub. Corp., 1977. xii, 101 p.:
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This is a detailed description and interpretation of Ashanti nubility
rites based on questionnaires, tape recordings, and the personal experience of
the author, who grew up in an Ashanti village. Ashanti nubility rites mark a
woman’s availability for marriage and the matrilineage’s future
hope. Boys are not as valued as girls in this respect and do not have any
equivalent initiation rites. The rite is carried out for a single girl between
the ages of 13 and 20. In the symbolism of the rite the girl is treated as the
queen mother. She is ‘enstooled,’ kept secluded, and pampered.
Other parts of the ceremony involve singing, dancing, sacrifices, ritual hair
cutting, and ritual bathing. A separate KYIRIBRA ceremony is held for girls who
violated their chastity prior to the nubility rite.
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Includes bibliographical references (p.
Akan (African people)