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Seated Male Figure, 19th–20th century Ghana; Akan Wood, kaolin

Africa | Ghana king of the Mamprusi. Most Mamprusi live in their homeland, Mamprugu, an area of northeast Ghana. In the 18th century, the Mamprusi people organised forces to protect the trade in slaves. The Mamprusi have five chiefs under their king. | © Walter Callens

Africa | Ceremonial sword from the Ashanti people of Ghana | Metal with dark patina, wood handle covered with gold foil

Asante (Ashanti) Akua'ba Fertility Doll 22, Ghana

Face Mask (Kpeliye'e), 19th–mid-20th century Côte d'Ivoire; Senufo Wood, horns, raffia fiber, cotton cloth, feather, metal, sacrificial material

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Young girl from the Krobo tribal group wearing traditional beads by Anthony Pappone photographer, via Flickr

Africa | Girl adorned with traditional beads for the Dipo ceremony. Krobo, Ghana | © Anthony Pappone.

LIBRO: ., Bwiti: una etnografía de la imaginación religiosa en Africa, Princeton University Press, 1982, James W. Fernández | Departamento de Antropología | División de Ciencias Sociales | Universidad de Chicago

Africa | Girl adorned with traditional beads for the Dipo ceremony. Krobo, Ghana | © Anthony Pappone.

The Ashanti live in central Ghana in western Africa approximately 300km. away from the coast. The Ashanti are a major ethnic group of the Akans in Ghana, a fairly new nation, barely more than 50 years old. Ghana, previously the Gold Coast, was a British colony until 1957. It is now politically separated into four main parts. Ashanti is in the center and Kumasi is the capital.

Africa | Ashanti King and his attendants. Ghana | © Grete Howard