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Title:The calendrical factor in Akan history
Author:Konadu, KwasiISNI
Year:2012
Periodical:International Journal of African Historical Studies (ISSN 0361-7882)
Volume:45
Issue:2
Pages:217-246
Language:English
Geographic terms:Ivory Coast - Côte d'Ivoire
Ghana
Subjects:Akan
calendars
time
Abstract:Many African historians have neither pursued nor used timekeeping mechanisms in African societies that challenge, and have therefore yielded to, the hegemony of the Gregorian calendar on African history. This essay examines one such temporal mechanism among the Akan in terms of its structure and embedded meanings. This is the Akan calendar. Akan culture is used in this paper to mean the composite culture designed by West African forest settlers between the Komóe and Volta rivers in Ghana and the Ivory Coast. The paper advances three interrelated views: the calendar ordered social and cultural life through definite patterns of human activity; served as a composite framework rather than discrete and primarily 'religious' functions; and provided a unique window into the ways in which Akan society moved through history. The author's purpose is not to present one historical version of the Akan calendar as definitive, but rather to probe its composite nature among Akan societies that have variously used the calendar. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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