ISBN 9789988860301
Pages 470
Dimensions 229 x 152mm
Published 2016
Publisher Sub-Saharan Publishers, Ghana
Format Paperback

Kings, Priests, and Kinsmen

Essays on Ga Culture and Society

by E.A. Ammah edited by Marion Kilson

This collection of E. A. Ammah's ethnographic writing includes essays, some poetry, and other documents. Created over four decades, these pieces cover a wide range of topics including Ga culture in comparative perspective, Ga social organization, Ga political structure and history, Ga life transition ceremonies, and Ga religion. The collection provides a unique cultural insider's twentieth century perspective on Ga society and history.

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About the Author

E.A. Ammah

During his lifetime E. A. Ammah (1900-1980) was celebrated as an expert on Ga culture and society. He was the first Ga person to speak on the radio and he published several essays in Ghanaian publications. As head of one of three royal houses, he was an active participant on the Ga Royal Council. As a devout Anglican, he sought to demonstrate the correspondences between Ga religion and Christianity and other world religions. E. A. Ammah’s ethnographic vision had two principal components: ensuring the accurate recording and interpretation of Ga institutions and positioning Ga culture within the context of other world cultures.

About the Editor

Marion Kilson

Marion Kilson began studying Ga culture for her doctoral dissertation; she received her Ph. D. in Social Anthropology from Harvard University in 1967. Her previous publications on Ga topics include Kpele Lala: Ga Religious Songs and Symbols (Harvard University Press, 1971), African Urban Kinsmen: The Ga of Central Accra (C. Hurst, 1974), and Dancing with the Gods: Essays in Ga Ritual (University Press of America, 2013). The National Council of Ghanaian Associations gave her the Scholastic Award for Outstanding Contribution to Ghanaian Culture and Traditional Practices at the Benefit Gala in Honor of Ghana’s Golden Jubilee in New York City in 2007.

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