Sarpong, Peter. Girls' nubility rites on Ashanti

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Title: Girls' nubility rites on Ashanti

Published By: Tema, Ghana: Ghana Pub. Corp., 1977. xii, 101 p.: ill.

By line: Peter Sarpong

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

Culture: Akan (FE12)

Subjects: Visiting and hospitality (574); Puberty and initiation (881);

Abstract: 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.

Document Number: 42

Document ID: fe12-042

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 99-101)

Field Date: Not Specified

Evaluation: Clergyman-4,5

Analyst: Ian Skoggard ;1999

Coverage Date: 1920-1970

Coverage Place: Ashanti; Ghana

LCSH: Akan (African people)


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