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Title:Magic: its nature and meaning in traditional Akan society of Ghana
Author:Awuah-Nyamekye, SamuelISNI
Periodical:Orita: Ibadan Journal of Religious Studies
Geographic term:Ghana
Abstract:This paper examines the phenomenon of magic in Ghana's Akan society, also looking at its role in the Akan world view. Two principal types of magic are noted in Akan society, namely good and bad magic, but it is the good type that is generally approved of. Many techniques are involved in Akan magic, and, because of its complexities, only few people train to become magicians. The Akan mainly use magic to ensure success in all their endeavours. It is also used as a protective and defensive mechanism, as well as a means of social control. Factors such as Western education and culture and impinging faiths are seen to be adversely affecting the practice of magic among the Akan today. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]