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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Akan Calendar Sacred Days

Four Akan Dabɔne Sacred Days Akan Calendar

Akan Calendar are found four special days, collectively called dabɔne, bone evil, sacred days; Fɔdwo, Awukudae, Fofie and Akwasidae.

Four Akan Dabɔne Sacred Days





The composition of the Akan adaduanan calendar cycle is based on an older six-day week. The days of the six-day week are:
1. Fo - Council day
2. Nwuna- Sleep or death day
3. Nkyi - Taboo day
4. Kuru -Political day
5. Kwa –Rest day
6. Mono - Fresh start day

The Akan calendar is based on what the Akan call forty days, adaduanan; da - day, aduanan - forty. Within the Adaduanan 42-day cycle of the Akan Calendar are found four special days, collectively called dabɔne (bone evil) sacred days; Fɔdwo, Awukudae, Fofie and Akwasidae.

Two of these evil days are collectively called adae. The other two of those evil days are Fodwo and Fofi. The 42-day cycle begin on Fɔdwo and the other three dabɔne follow in nine-day intervals; Awukudae on the tenth day, Fofie on the nineteenth day, and Akwasidae on the twenty-eighth day. It takes a further 14 days to complete the Adaduanan.

No farming may be carried out on any dabɔne but hunting and gathering of food and firewood is permitted. No funerals may be held and no news of death may reach the ears of a chief and the living shrine of his ancestors while libations of alcohol and offerings of food are made to the blackened stools the permanent physical shrines of those ancestors on an adae days. Fɔdwo and Fofi days are associated with medico-religious symbols or purification and the intervention of anthropomorphic spirits inhabiting natural objects.
Akan African Art Memorial Head
Akan African Art Memorial Head 

Did you know

Most Akan peoples live in Ghana others dwell the eastern part of Côte d’Ivoire and parts of Togo.

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