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08/01/2014

Virgin wives of the fetish Gods - Ghana's trokosi tradition

Auteur : Millennia2015

Source : Thomas Reuters Foundation - Veronique Mistiaen

 

 

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Virgin wives of the fetish Gods - Ghana's trokosi tradition

Thomas Reuters Foundation - Veronique Mistiaen

 

Ghana is widely seen as a model for political and economic reform in Africa and lauded for its rapid development.

 

But away from bustling Accra, in remote countryside villages, some deep-seated traditions prevail. The trokosi practice calls for virgin girls to be sent to the shrines of fetish gods to pay for crimes committed by one of their relatives. They become living sacrifices, protecting their families from the gods' wrath. Some stay at the shrines for a few years; others for life.

 The tradition, also practised in neighbooring Benin and Togo, is deeply rooted in the beliefs and identity of the Ewe (ay-vay) people. It serves rural communities' need for justice and meets the material and sexual needs of the fetish priests. But it's also considered a spiritual act and as such it is, along with female genital mutilation, one of the most difficult human rights violations to eradicate.

 

 

=> Direct link to the article here: http://www.trust.org/item/20131003122159-3cmei/

 

 

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