Brekete Pantheon

in Remains of Ritual

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780226265049
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226265063 | DOI:
Brekete Pantheon

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The Brekete shrine in Ghana features northern gods dancing at a triennial cow sacrifice. There are major and minor gods. The major gods are Kunde (father and hunter); Ablewa/Tseriya (Mother); Sanya Kompo (God of the stone, linguist and secretary); Bangle/Ketetsi (warrior and soldier); Sakra Bode (god of the land and Bangle's stool); and Wango (god of the waters and roads). The minor gods, all of which work with Bangle, are Tsengé (god of the seven knives), Gediya (policeman), and Surugu (lieutenant).

Keywords: Brekete shrine; Ghana; gods; sacrifice; Kunde; Bangle; Tsengé; Gediya; Surugu; Sanya Kompo

Chapter.  168 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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