Culture and Customs of Ghana

Culture and Customs of Ghana

Culture and Customs of Ghana

Culture and Customs of Ghana

Synopsis

The decades of independence in Ghana have strengthened the idea of a national Ghanaian culture. The culture and customs of Ghana today are a product of diversity in traditional forms, influenced by a long history of Islamic and European contact. Culture and Customs of Ghana is the first book to concisely provide an up-to-date narrative on the most significant elements of the established cultural life and institutions as well as the most recent changes in the cultural landscape. Written expressly for students and the general reader, it belongs in every library supporting multicultural and African studies curricula.

Excerpt

People not closely associated with the continent of Africa often see it as a far-away place, as a land of many societies sharing a single “African” culture. Most of us have even heard the occasional slip of the tongue referring to the “country” of Africa. On a continent with many countries and almost one billion people, there are, of course, many variances that define the cultural landscape. One of these factors is the impact of historical migrations that brought people from one region to another, creating religious and cultural links between groups separated by great distances. The impact of colonialism, which drew borders based not on commonalities of people, but on arbitrary boundaries of European possessions, has also contributed to the diversity of culture within Africa as a whole, and within individual countries. Today, migration continues, both from rural to urban areas, from other countries into Ghana, and from Ghana to other countries, largely as a search for new employment and educational opportunities. The increasing mobility of people and ideas has hastened the rate of cultural change on the local and national levels by bringing world cultures into closer contact with one another.

This book elaborates on what not only makes the culture and customs of Ghana unique within the larger global cultural climate, but also identifies those characteristics that define the cultural values of the various ethnic and social groups within the West African country. The culture and customs of Ghana have adapted to their current shape over more than 1,000 years of settlement. The differences are complex, existing with multiple permutations in every corner of modern Ghana. Still, the decades of independence have strengthened the idea of a national Ghanaian culture that encompasses the

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