Robert Owusu Agyarko

a theological perspective. The inculturation approach seeks to integrate the Christian faith with African cultural life and thought forms. 1 The present contribution follows such an inculturation approach. It seeks to integrate the traditional African—particularly an Akan pneumatology

Toward a Dialogic Hermeneutics

Reading Gen. 4:1-16 with Akan Eyes

Nicoletta Gatti

its call to action, an “exegesis” of the Akan culture (Ghana) is offered to identify the pre-understanding with whom the culture approaches the text. 27 Finally, text and culture are brought “face to face” to explore the questions that the culture asks to the text and the challenges that the text

Who’s Afraid of Confucius?

East Asian Values and the Africans

Kweku Ampiah

ethical values of the Asante people (of the Akan ethnic group, including the Fanti) in Ghana. I have chosen this ethnic group for the simple fact that in evaluating the social system of others we should start, as is natural enough, with that which is natural to us, our own. Specific examples of Confucian

Samuel Awuah-Nyamekye

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/136352409X12535203555713 Worldviews 13 (2009) 251-282 WORLDVIEWS Salvaging Nature: Th e Akan Religio-Cultural Perspective Samuel Awuah-Nyamekye Department of Religion & Human Values University of Cape Coast, Ghana kwasi

Adam Mohr

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/002242009X12529098509803 Journal of Religion in Africa 39 (2009) 429-461 Missionary Medicine and Akan Th erapeutics: Illness, Health and Healing in Southern Ghana’s Basel Mission, 1828-1918 Adam Mohr * University of Pennsylvania

Climate Change and Indigenous Akan Religio-Cultural Practices

Lessons for Policy-Makers and Implementers in Environmental Conservation in Ghana

Samuel Awuah-Nyamekye

preservation (Appiah-Opoku 2005). I use religio-cultural practices to mean how the people under study—the Akan of Ghana—aided by their indigenous religion and cultural beliefs and practices, either reduce or mitigate the effects of their agro-ecological practices on the environment, particulary the land. They


Janice P. De-Whyte

In Wom(b)an: A Cultural-Narrative Reading of the Hebrew Bible Barrenness Narratives Janice Pearl Ewurama De-Whyte offers a reading of the Hebrew Bible barrenness narratives. The original word “wom(b)an” visually underscores the centrality of a productive womb to female identity in the ANE and Hebrew contexts. Conversely, barrenness was the ultimate tragedy and shame of a woman. Utilizing Akan cultural custom as a lens through which to read the Hebrew barrenness tradition, De-Whyte uncovers another kind of barrenness within these narratives. Her term “social barrenness” depicts the various situations of childlessness that are generally unrecognized in western cultures due to the western biomedical definitions of infertility. Whether biological or social, barrenness was perceived to be the greatest threat to a woman’s identity and security as well as the continuity of the lineage. Wom(b)an examines these narratives in light of the cultural meanings of barrenness within traditional cultures, ancient and present.

Mattia Fumanti

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/187254610X505655 African Diaspora 3 (2010) 13-42 African Diaspora “Virtuous Citizenship”: Ethnicity and Encapsulation among Akan-Speaking Ghanaian Methodists in London Mattia Fumanti * Social Anthropology, School of Global Studies

T.C. McCaskie

dedicated, loving, polite, and kind. In 1905 Asare drafted, and later severally rewrote, a tribute to Perregaux’s life and labours among the Akan of Kwawu and Asante in a familiar Basel missionary genre. It described a life of dedication to Africa tragically cut short, but with an assurance of life


Janice Pearl Ewurama De-Whyte

We have seen in the previous chapter that in the larger ANE context childbirth was central to a woman’s identity. This section will suggest that beliefs regarding fertility and infertility are similar in Akan culture, and that such a culture may serve as a bridge between a Western context, in