Crocodile

 

Items used in ritual sacrifices

 

 

African Heritage Classroom

 

Religion

 

 

 

 

 

Nature Spirits

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ancestral Spirits

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.

 

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