Religion and Art in Ashanti: R. S. Rattray
Spirituality and art are closely intertwined amongst the Akan people of Ghana. Using a case study of the Asante people, this text provides in depth and valuable information on everything from initiations to blacksmithing.
A must have for anyone interested in having a view into the past to build for the future.
From the Preface:
“To his earlier volume Ashanti, Mr. Kattray now adds the second of a trilogy; the forthcoming volume is to be on Ashanti Law and Constitution. Beyond the title, the present work is concerned with crafts, the rites of birth, puberty, marriage, and funeral rites for humans, animals, and trees, and with dreams. Ashanti was somewhat special in its subject matter, not a general introduction to the ethnography of the kingdom, so that the present volume provides a much-needed balance to the picture. Like its predecessor this is a purely descriptive work, very rich in content and full in presentation, full in fact to the point of being prolix.”