Items used in ritual sacrifices
African Heritage Classroom
Flanking the windows, bas relief religious symbols portray two key aspects of African religions - nature spirits and ancestral spirits.
To the left, a crocodile represents the river god nature spirit. This crocodile eating a fish, copied from a temple near the Asante capital of Kumasi, illustrates God's power over man.
To the right, representing the ancestral spirits, are:
(a) a stool, the depository for the soul: a family bowl (abusua kuruwa) which is placed on the burial place;
(b) a kuroto or sacrificial knife used for animal slayings;
(c) a ram and hen which serve as sacrifices.