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Title:'Akwantemfi': 'in mid-journey': an Asante shrine today and its clients
Author:McCaskie, T.C.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of Religion in Africa
Geographic term:Ghana
African religions
About person:Nana Abass
External link:https://doi.org/10.1163/157006608X262683
Abstract:This paper examines the activities today of the Medoma shrine in Kumasi, capital of the historic Asante kingdom in the Republic of Ghana. It contextualizes this shrine in relation to historic and current Asante indigenous belief. It also looks at it in relation to the rise of charismatic or Pentecostalist Christian churches, and to the ever growing presence of the African-American diaspora in Asante. It supplies a profile of the life and beliefs of Nana Abass (Kwaku Abebrese), founder and 'priest' ('okomfo') of the Medoma shrine. It explores his commitment to societal development and some of the initiatives and projects that have arisen from this involvement. It discusses the motives of the shrine's Asante, other Ghanaian and African American clients. Finally, it advances an interpretation of the nature of Asante indigenous belief in the past and in the present age of globalization and charismatic Christianity. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]