Religion In Ancient Ghana
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Christianity and Islam are considered to be modern religions. They were not practiced in ancient Ghana. The people in ancient Ghana worshipped goddesses and gods. The Ashanti, worshipped Nyame, a god who they believed was responsible for creating Ghana. They associated him with the moon and the sun.
Religion in ancient Ghana was essentially a mixture of supernatural and spiritual powers. In addition to believing in gods, they also believe trees, plants, animals, forest monsters, fairies and witches. The people were convinced the plants, animals and trees possessed souls.
Ancient Ghanaians believed the spirit world to be real. They believed that spirits co-existed with humans. According to them spirits often took the forms of animals, plants and trees. They also believed that the actions of humans beings and other living things, affected the spirits of their dead relatives. The offered sacrifices and poured libations to their ancestors as a way of appeasing them. Ancient Ghanaians believed that by neglecting the spirits, they were bringing bad luck and misfortune upon themselves. Whenever there was death, drought, sickness and other forms of misfortune in the communities the people in ancient Ghana prayed and offered sacrifices to their gods with the help of spiritual healers and medicine men.
Communities frequently venerated their departed ancestors. They believed that ancestors acted as the go-between them and their ancestors. They believed that the spirits of the ancestors were always near carefully watching the actions and listening in on conversations of the living. They believed the ancestors later delivered the information to the gods.
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