Making her way through Ghana for Standard Bank’s Africa Connected, Lee Kasumba stops by one of Kumasi’s few surviving places with traditional Ashanti architecture complete with all their symbolic features.
Taking a glimpse into the traditions of the Ashanti people, Lee chats to Fosu Boamponj at the Ejisu-Besease Shrine about the centuries-old custom of consulting with the Gods in times of war – still practiced today.
The fetish priest consults the Gods and tells you exactly what will happen...— Fosu Boamponj
It is said, in her opposition to British colonialism in West Africa – the Ashanti Empire’s Queen Mother Nana Yaa Asantewaa consulted with deities before embarking in battle. She was indeed victorious.
Today, the traditional shrine is being preserved as a heritage site and has been deemed one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites.
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