Arhin, Kwame. Asante praise poems: the ideology of patrimonialism

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Title: Asante praise poems: the ideology of patrimonialism

Published in: Paideuma -- Bd. 32

Published By: Paideuma -- Bd. 32 Wiesbaden [etc.]: F. Steiner [etc.], 1986. 163-197 p.

By line: Kwame Arhin

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

Culture: Akan (FE12)

Subjects: Verbal arts (5310); Status, role, and prestige (554); Texts in the speaker's language (901); Texts translated into english (902);

Abstract: Asante praise poems (APAEE) were recited in public by executioners during the Adae and Odwira festivals. The poems recount the heroic deeds of past kings to impress upon his subjects the king’s supreme status. The Odwira festival includes the reenactment of the founding mythology of the dynasty and the parading of skulls of vanquished generals and rulers. In the poem the king embodies the highest of martial virtues and is identified with the entire nation. The article includes both a Twi transcription and English translation of a 418-line praise poem.

Document Number: 34

Document ID: fe12-034

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 197)

Field Date: Not Specified

Evaluation: Social Scientist-4,5

Analyst: Ian Skoggard ;1999

Coverage Date: 1600-1900

Coverage Place: Ashanti; Ghana

LCSH: Akan (African people)


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