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Title:Death and Asantehene: A Historical Meditation
Author:McCaskie, Thomas C.ISNI
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:Ashanti polity
death rites
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/182917
Abstract:This paper builds upon the author's previously published work on the forest kingdom of Asante (Ghana). It deals generally with the issue of death in Asante history and culture, and more specifically with the meanings of the mortuary rituals surrounding the deaths of Asantehenes, the rulers of the State and the first citizens of Asante society. These issues are addressed in relation to the extensive anthropological literature concerning the cross-cultural meaning of death. The paper concentrates on an analysis of the meaning of the very fully documented events that surrounded the death and interment of the Asantehene Kwaku Dua Panin in 1867. These are analysed in relation to cultural norms and historical practices, and the conclusion sets out to locate the meaning of the Asantehene Kwaku Dua Panin's death within the broader framework of Asante historical experience. Notes, ref.