Arhin, Kwame. Political and military roles of Akan women

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Political and military roles of Akan women

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Female and male in West Africa, edited by Christine Oppong

Published By: Original publisher Female and male in West Africa, edited by Christine Oppong London: Allen & Unwin. 1983. 91-98 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Kwame Arhin

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Akan (FE12)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Status, role, and prestige (554); Clans (614); Towns (632); Chief executive (643); Military organization (701); Gender roles and issues (890);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document In this article, Arhin discusses the political and associated military organization of the Akan and women's roles within them. Arhin writes that ‘Female stools complemented the hierarchy of male stools.’ Women had a place in the village and town councils and participated in legislative and judicial processes. The chief's wife, OHEMMA, had her own oath, court, and spokesman. She was also the foremost authority on genealogies and therefore played a major role in chiefly succession. Political marriage was an important strategy in uniting the Asante empire. Women played a supportive role in war, encouraging their men on by performing dances and songs behind the lines. One Asante heroine precipitated the 1900 British siege of Kumasi by defying the British governor's demand to take the Golden Stool.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 43

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. fe12-043

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Essay

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: For bibliographical references see source 56: Anonymous

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document Not Specified

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Social Scientist-4,5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Ian Skoggard ;1999

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1700-1900

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Ashanti; Ghana

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Akan (African people)

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