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The Role of Taboos in African Governance Systems

Abeku Essel, Emmanuel (2018) The Role of Taboos in African Governance Systems. POLGÁRI SZEMLE: GAZDASÁGI ÉS TÁRSADALMI FOLYÓIRAT, 14 (4-6). pp. 372-386. ISSN 1786-6553

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Abstract

In Africa traditions permeate every aspect of life and are used to explain every phenomenon in day-to-day activities. However, this inimitable feature has been watered down and further pushed to the background by the influx of foreign religions such as Christianity and Islam, as well as modernity. Nevertheless, indigenous cultures survive as an undercurrent and recently the Indigenous Knowledge System (IKS) has been gaining prominence in the academia. In this paper taboos are classified and their role played in the governance system is analysed with the aim to raise awareness of the peculiar features of African traditional religions, with particular focus on the Akan of Ghana and their unique role in the local governance system.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: taboos, governance, Akan worldview
Subjects: D History General and Old World / történelem > DT Africa / Afrika
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation / földrajz, antropológia, kikapcsolódás > GR Folklore / etnológia, folklór, kulturális antropológia
Depositing User: Andrea Paár
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2019 14:05
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2019 14:05
URI: http://real.mtak.hu/id/eprint/98652

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