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Regional News of Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Source: GNA

Ghanaians urged to respect culture and tradition

Madam Florence Ninepence, a Tema Circuit Court ‘A’ Judge has called on Ghanaians, especially the youth to revere and appreciate their cultures and traditions.

Madam Ninepence made the call when she briefed the media during the performance of the annual “Abelewomo,” one of the rites that paved the way for the celebration of the Homowo festival of the chiefs and people of Nungua in six weeks time.

The “Abelewomo,” literary meaning ‘the carrying of the sacred maize,’ from Oyibi, near Dodowa by the fetish priests and priestess (Wulomei), walking bare footed through the bush in the night to Nungua in the Greater Accra Region.

The sacred maize is then sprinkled on the shrines of the 99 gods of Nungua.

The rite is the re-enactment of the journey from Egypt by the Ga Dangbe people, when the land of Israel was hit by a severe famine during the days of Jacob in the Bible; according to Wor Konor Nuumo Borketey Laweh Tsuru, the Gborbu Wulomo.

He said the Wulomei walked through other communities like Adigon, Katamanso, Kpehehu, Borteman and Santeo, accompanied by the Obene dance, whilst the ban on noisemaking was still in force.

The Gborbu Wulomo urged the people to respect the position of the high fetish priest of the Ga-Dangbe State, and called for a halt to the usurping of their traditional roles.