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African Culture

African Culture. ASHANTI. Facts. It is believed that the Ashanti came from NorthWest Africa before they settled Live in Central Ghana in the rainforests about 150 miles from the coast Previously called the Gold Coast Known as fierce fighters

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African Culture

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  1. African Culture

  2. ASHANTI

  3. Facts • It is believed that the Ashanti came from NorthWest Africa before they settled • Live in Central Ghana in the rainforests about 150 miles from the coast • Previously called the Gold Coast • Known as fierce fighters • “If I go forward I die, If I go backward I die, Better go forward and die”

  4. History • Founded in the 1670’s by Osei Tutu • He then took title of Asantehene (means ‘king’) • Tradition states that the high priest conjured a golden stool • Still remains an important symbol of unity

  5. Expansion

  6. Expansion • Expanded their territory through a series of wars in the 18th century • Acquired firearms from British and Dutch in exchanged for slaves

  7. Collapse • Slave trade was made illegal in 1807 • Under OseiBonsu the Ashanti led campaigns against the British in the early 1800s • 1826 – Ashanti were routed by local people under British command • Defeat began the empire’s gradual decline • Marked by revolts and further losses

  8. Religion • Mixed between spiritual and supernatural powers • Belief that plants, animals, and trees have souls. • Belief in fairies, witches, and forest monsters • Various beliefs that involve ancestors, higher gods, Nyame • Ceremonies for: Marriage, Death, Birth, and Puberty • Golden Stool

  9. Today

  10. Kente Cloth • It is suggested that Kente tradition dates back further • Earliest weaving comes from Nubia, Kush, and Kemet • Kente cloth was only worn by royalty • Even then Kings and Queens only wore them on specific occasions • Through time it became more available • Still a symbol though

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