Akan Theory of Conception: Are the Fante Really Aberrant

Examines the question from which of the two parents does a Fante child inherit the essential ‘blood’ that, according to a universal Akan belief, commingles with its father’s ‘spirit’ (sunsum) and Nyame’s (Supreme Being) special gift of ‘soul’ (kra) to impregnate its mother? According to Asante informants the mother is the absolute donor of the ‘blood’, while the Fante claim that the father is the principal donor. Sections: Akan social structure – Akan theory of man – socio-historical evidence – Euro-Fante interaction – the Akan concept of blood: implications. Notes, ref., rsum en franais.

Title: Akan Theory of Conception: Are the Fante Really Aberrant
Author: Chukwukere, I.
Year: 1978
Periodical: Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Volume: 48
Issue: 2
Pages: 135-148
Language: English
Geographic term: Nigeria
External links: https://www.jstor.org/stable/1158604
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Abstract: Examines the question from which of the two parents does a Fante child inherit the essential ‘blood’ that, according to a universal Akan belief, commingles with its father’s ‘spirit’ (sunsum) and Nyame’s (Supreme Being) special gift of ‘soul’ (kra) to impregnate its mother? According to Asante informants the mother is the absolute donor of the ‘blood’, while the Fante claim that the father is the principal donor. Sections: Akan social structure – Akan theory of man – socio-historical evidence – Euro-Fante interaction – the Akan concept of blood: implications. Notes, ref., rsum en franais.