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Suicide and Mortuary Beliefs and Practices of the Akan of Ghana
Omega: Journal of Death and Dying (2015)
  • Mensah Adinkrah, Dr.
Akan society has traditionally held a negative and condemnatory view of suicide. Evidence of this is reflected in the lack of public mourning, brevity of the grieving period and denial of proper burial rites and obsequies for the suicide. Furthermore, since suicide is regarded as an abomination against the living, the departed ancestors, as well as the gods of the land, the political authorities of the land must be notified immediately of suicide deaths so that proper placatory and propitiation rituals can be undertaken to forestall any catastrophic diseases, accidents and natural disasters. Given the current paucity of scholarship on the issue, it is the purpose of this article to explore in depth traditional Akan mortuary beliefs and practices governing suicidal death. 
  • Suicide,
  • Mortuary Rituals,
  • Good Death,
  • Bad Death,
  • Ghana,
  • Akans
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Mensah Adinkrah. "Suicide and Mortuary Beliefs and Practices of the Akan of Ghana" Omega: Journal of Death and Dying (2015)
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