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Title:Who's afraid of Confucius?
Author:Ampiah, KwekuISNI
Year:2014
Periodical:African and Asian Studies (ISSN 1569-2094)
Volume:13
Issue:4
Pages:385-404
Language:English
Geographic terms:Ghana
Ashanti
Subjects:values
norms
family
Link:https://doi.org/10.1163/15692108-12341314
Abstract:The paper examines the popularly known Confucian values and ritual practices, and questions the notion that these norms and practices are unique to East Asia. By evoking the essential social values and norms of the Akan culture in West Africa the analysis posits that the so-called East Asian values as codified by Confucius are actually universal principles. The essay examines how the principles of filial piety and ancestor worship play out in the social practices of the Asante people (of the Akan ethnic group) and the Confucian communities, and suggests that a proper comparative examination of these practices across cultures would show that some cultural groups outside the East Asian zone might turn out to be more 'Confucian' than some of the East Asian countries. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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