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The Archaeology of AncestorsDeath, Memory, and Veneration$
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Erica Hill and Jon B. Hageman

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813062518

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813062518.001.0001

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The Ethnoarchaeology of West African Ancestors

The Ethnoarchaeology of West African Ancestors

Kusasi Shrines and Domestic Space

(p.124) 5 The Ethnoarchaeology of West African Ancestors
The Archaeology of Ancestors

Charles Mather

University Press of Florida

This chapter is a sophisticated ethnoarchaeological study of ancestor shrines and domestic space among the Kusasi of northern Ghana. The composition and location of ancestor shrines within Kusasi residential compounds reflect and reinforce social organization and the often ambivalent nature of patrilineal and matrilineal relationships. The chapter demonstrates that ancestors remain a central concern of Kusasi life and fulfil a multitude of functions within the family and community.

Keywords:   ancestors, ethnoarchaeology, Ghana, Kusasi, shrines, space, patrilineal, matrilineal, family, community, relationships

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