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Sacred Sites and the Colonial Encounter: A History of Meaning and Memory in Ghana

 
 
 
 
Sacred Sites and the Colonial Encounter: A History of Meaning and Memory in Ghana
Author: Sandra E. Greene
ISBN 13: 9780253215178
ISBN 10: 25321517
Edition: 1St Edition
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication Date: 2002-04-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 280
List Price: $24.00
 
 

Sandra E. Greene reconstructs a vivid and convincing portrait of the human and physical environment of the 19th-century Anlo-Ewe people of Ghana and brings history and memory into contemporary context. Drawing on her extensive fieldwork, early European accounts, and missionary archives and publications, Greene shows how ideas from outside forced sacred and spiritual meanings associated with particular bodies of water, burial sites, sacred towns, and the human body itself to change in favor of more scientific and regulatory views. Anlo responses to these colonial ideas involved considerable resistance, and, over time, the Anlo began to attribute selective, varied, and often contradictory meanings to the body and the spaces they inhabited. Despite these multiple meanings, Greene shows that the Anlo were successful in forging a consensus on how to manage their identity, environment, and community.