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- DescriptionAfrican spirituality among the Akan people of Ghana can be defined as a developmental quest to achieve ancestorhood in heaven (Samanadzie) after first attaining eldership and wisdom in the corporeal world (Wiadzie). The African life, then, is a cycle. A human originates in the Samanadzie as a spiritual personality (?saman) after being joined by a spirit (Sunsum). At birth, a newborn is endowed with a soul (?kra), becoming a living being (?kratsiasifo). During adulthood, a person embarks on an ethical existence (?bra b?), the successful application of which leads a community to confer an eldership title (Nana) on an adult. Upon death, a Nana is again transformed into an ?saman and judged at the Samanadzie. If found worthy, the ?saman joins the eternally esteemed company of the Ancestors (Nanam Nsamanfo), with the most powerful of them all-kings and queen mothers-transformed into deities.
- Author BiographyAnthony Ephirim-Donkor is assistant professor and undergraduate director of Africana Studies at Binghamton University, State University of New York. Dr. Ephirim-Donkor teaches African and African diaspora religions and cultures. He is the author of The Making of an African King: Patrilineal and Matrilineal Struggle among the Effutu and African Religion Defined: A Systematic Study of Ancestor Worship among the Akan.
- Author(s)Anthony Ephirim-Donkor
- PublisherUniversity Press of America
- Date of Publication16/03/2011
- SubjectPopular Culture & Media: General Interest
- Place of PublicationLanham, MD
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity Press of America
- Weight308 g
- Width155 mm
- Height232 mm
- Spine11 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Edition StatementRevised edition
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