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Title:'Pogminga': The 'Proper Dagara Woman': An Encounter between Christian Thought and Dagara Concepts
Author:Behrends, Andrea
Periodical:Journal of Religion in Africa
Geographic term:Ghana
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Religion and Witchcraft
Women's Issues
Cultural Roles
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/1581762
Abstract:To retain respect among members of their own society, urban professional women originating from northern Ghana maintain a rural concept of proper women. This article explores how, historically, both Catholic missionaries and the Dagara people changed this concept. To the women, the ability to speak their minds and be self-confident, attributes accorded to the concept mainly by the Catholic women's orders, help them in their professional careers. In meetings with their own people, they still know how to revert to the quiet, reserved and humble person that a woman from their home area is supposed to be, at least in public. Research was carried out between 1990 and 1998 in Ghana. The basis for analysis are observations and biographical interviews with sixty educated, professional Dagara women of various age groups. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. (Journal abstract, edited)