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[Sticky] Yorùbá in Ghana: Kiliji, an unrecorded spiritual language of eastern Ghana

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http://main.journalofwestafricanlanguages.org/index.php/downloads/download/122-volume-42-number-1/562-kiliji-an-unrecorded-spiritual-language-of-eastern-ghana

Kiliji, an unrecorded spiritual language of eastern Ghana
In this paper we discuss a language called Kiliji by its speakers, which has not
previously (to the best of our knowledge) been noted in the literature, at least in Ghana. It is the ritual language of a women’s spiritual group known popularly as Okule or more
correctly as Oko Alija. The spiritual system is practiced among women in several
communities in Guang and Ghana-Togo Mountain areas of the Ghana-Togo border area, including in several Nawuri-speaking villages as well as farther east in Adele and Achode. It is presumably practiced in Togo as well but we have no information on that. As we will show, the language and the spiritual practices it is connected with are clearly of Yorùbá origin, and therefore most likely arrived in the area from the Ifẹ̀ (Togo) Yorùbá speaking communities. Kiliji is argued to be the westernmost recorded instantiation in Africa of a Yorùbá variety used in performing rituals related to the deity Chankpana.

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Topic starter Posted : 10/09/2015 7:51 am
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Nice article. I dug the parallels between the Kiliji and North/South American Agrikan diasporic adoption of Yoruba culture. Since, as the article pointed out, many folks were not from Yoruba land but connected with the spiritual aspects of the culture - to connect with something real, and identifiably Aftikan - makes you realize that Afikans have been attempting to reafikanizr for a very long time on this side of the world.

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Posted : 22/09/2015 12:21 am
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@Awoniyi, Thanks, that was a contribution of mine to the article.

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Topic starter Posted : 22/09/2015 2:48 pm
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KILIJI, AN UNRECORDED SPIRITUAL LANGUAGE
OF EASTERN GHANA

In this paper we discuss a language called Kiliji by its speakers, which has not previously (to the best of our knowledge) been noted in the literature, at least in Ghana. It is the ritual language of a women’s spiritual group known popularly as Okule or more correctly as Oko Alija. The spiritual system is practiced among women in several communities in Guang and Ghana-Togo Mountain areas of the Ghana-Togo border area, including in several Nawuri-speaking villages as well as farther east in Adele and Achode. It is presumably practiced in Togo as well but we have no information on that. As we will show, the language and the spiritual practices it is connected with are clearly of Yorùbá origin, and therefore most likely arrived in the area from the Ifẹ̀ (Togo) Yorùbá speaking communities. Kiliji is argued to be the westernmost recorded instantiation in Africa of a Yorùbá variety used in performing rituals related to the deity Chankpana.

Dans cet article, nous examinons une langue dénommée Kiliji par ses locuteurs qui, (à notre connaissance) n’a jamais été consignée dans la littérature, du moins au Ghana. C’est la langue de rituel d’un groupe spirituel de femmes connues sous le nom de Okule ou plus correctement d’ Oko Alija. Le système spirituel est pratiqué par des femmes dans plusieurs communautés dans les zones du Guang et de la Chaîne Montagneuse de Ghana-Tongo, y compris dans plusieurs villages de locuteurs Nawuri aussi bien plus à l’est en Adele et Achode. On le pratique également au Togo mais nous n’avons pas d’information précise à ce sujet. Comme nous allons le montrer, la langue ainsi que les pratiques spirituelles auxquelles elle est connectée sont clairement d’origine Yoruba et, c’est pourquoi elles sont arrivées dans la zone à partir des communautés locutrices du Yorùbá d’Ifẹ̀ (Togo). Kiliji est ici proposé comme la manifestation de la variété du Yoruba qui soit parlée dans la partie la plus occidentale de l’Afrique et utilisée dans les rites du spectacle liés à la divinité Chankpana.

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Topic starter Posted : 02/11/2016 7:26 am
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https://obadelekambon.com/pubs/kiliji/

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