Ashanti

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The custodians of the tribal lore, each of whom has his or her understudy, have to be absolutely "word perfect." Their memory is constantly exercised in the numerous rites they attend, at which they have to repeat correctly long lists of names and events in their proper order.

At one ceremony I attended, at which two old women had to recite the titles of the great ancestral spirits as far back as there was any record, I was informed that in the old days two executioners (abrafo) would have been detailed to stand behind them, and that if they made a mistake they were "taken away."3

3Rattray, R.S.n/an/an/an/a, , 219 (Clarendon Press. By permission).

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Chicago: "Ashanti," Ashanti in Primitive Behavior: An Introduction to the Social Sciences, ed. Thomas, William I. (New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 1937), Original Sources, accessed June 19, 2024, http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=BFUIDGSG31VG4NS.

MLA: . "Ashanti." Ashanti, in Primitive Behavior: An Introduction to the Social Sciences, edited by Thomas, William I., New York, McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 1937, Original Sources. 19 Jun. 2024. http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=BFUIDGSG31VG4NS.

Harvard: , 'Ashanti' in Ashanti. cited in 1937, Primitive Behavior: An Introduction to the Social Sciences, ed. , McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., New York. Original Sources, retrieved 19 June 2024, from http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=BFUIDGSG31VG4NS.