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Akan Tradition Tour

Akan Tradition Tour Packages
Country: Cote D'Ivoire
City: Abidjan
Duration: 3 Day(s) - 2 Night(s)
Tour Category: Culture Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

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Package Itinerary

Day 1: Abidjan - Abengourou (210 kms)

Breakfast, departure towards Abengourou, capital of the Agni royalty. Arrival, installation at the hotel. Dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Abengourou

Breakfast, visit the Royal Palace of Indénié and its remains, the Biet Museum and its training center, the Regional Conservatory of Arts and Crafts Abengourou (CRAMA) ... Lunch in a restaurant. Afternoon, the performance of traditional dances and songs (optional, Tanguélan fetish performances). Dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Abengourou - Abidjan (210 Kms)

Breakfast. Morning relaxed. Lunch. Departure in the afternoon towards Abidjan, arriving in the evening.

Akan Traditions:

Collective ceremonies and rituals are important to many indigenous religions and include ceremonial dancing, ancestor worship sacrifices, mask carving and ceremonies, fetish priest ceremonies, and divination ceremonies.

To the Akan, the most important of these is the yam festival, which serves as a memorial service for the dead and asks for their protection in the future, is a time of thanksgiving for good harvests, and is a ritual of purification that helps purge the group of evil influences. Ivoirians conduct rites in a variety of sacred spaces, including a variety of shrines dedicated to spirits, Christian and Roman Catholic churches, and mosques. Missions with churches, schools, and seminaries appear throughout the country. Yamoussoukro is home to the Grand Mosque and the largest church in Africa, the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace.

Each of the main religious traditions has its own practitioners, such as the Christian priests, nuns, and ministers, the Islamic clerics, and the priests and diviners of traditional religions. In Islam, a significant religious authority is a marabout—a miracle worker, physician, and mystic who exercises both magical and moral authority. He is also respected as a dispenser of amulets, which protect the wearer against evil.

In the south, Akan religious practitioners include lineage heads, village chiefs, and priests who officiate at ritual observances for cults honoring specific deities. These priests ( akomfo ) also act as diviners, many of whom are believed to be clairvoyant and able to locate the source of spiritual difficulty for their followers, who consult them for a fee. Priests sometimes act as doctors, since many diseases are believed to have a spiritual basis.

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