Adolescence ceremonies among the Akan
The Bragoro which is likewise alluded to as Brapue is directed after a young lady's first period. Commonly, it's the young lady's mom who reports the news as she gets ready for the function. A young lady who is set to be started is called Sakyima or Brani.
Before the ritual happens there is some profound and material planning that must be directed. The otherworldly course of action of the occasion includes seeing whether the young lady's spirit, privately known as 'kra' adjusts with the exercises of the occasions. Concerning material readiness, it as a rule requires things like food things, cash, chicken among others.
While still in the readiness mode, the young lady to be started is introduced to the 'sovereign mother' who basically does an assessment to check in the event that she is pregnant or not. Virginity is viewed as virtue locally and consequently it is profoundly esteemed.
Young ladies who turned out to be 'debased' before inception used to be projected out close by the one who impregnated her. Yet, on the other hand, things have so far changed as extraordinary ceremonies are currently directed to make a young lady 'unadulterated' once more even subsequent to losing virginity.
The day the service at long last happens, a declaration is made promptly in the first part of the day by the mother. She beats an old skillet or a metal piece of a cultivator to report it. It for the most part never takes long for individuals to gather. Pubescence function tunes or rather 'Brannwom' are played as individuals assemble around.
The primary ritual for the function is called 'enstoolment'. It is directed by an elderly person who has gained notoriety for having numerous youngsters in the town. The starts clean up, covers her head right to the abdomen yet leaves her face uncovered. She is put on a stool multiple times; sitting and standing over and over. It is the third time that she stands by without standing. The stool is normally positioned on a tangle covered with a cover or the conventional kente material.
A metal bowl privately alluded to as 'Yaawa' is loaded up with water that has 'Odwen' leaves while an egg is submerged in it. A dry 'okro' natural product is additionally positioned just adjacent to the start. Every one of these things are emblematic and profoundly important to the local area.
A lady sits alongside the 'Yaawa'. She sprinkles water on the young lady with 'Odwen Ahaban' or rather leaves of Odwen. It is accepted that the sprinkling of water is intended to drive away the insidious soul that may make her desolate and be secured. Being a festival, there is a great deal of celebration and fun as ladies sing and move around the young lady.
Drink is then poured on the ground with palm wine to offer gratitude to the progenitors and divine beings for securing the young lady up to her pubescence age. Blessings from companions, guardians, and family members are introduced to her as the festival proceeds. Every one of the blessings are exhibited around her.
After enstoolment, 'ti-ya' or rather haircutting follows straightaway. She is given an exceptional hair style as it molded into a one of a kind style called 'Dansinkran'- which is essentially a customary Asante ladies haircut. The dad pays for this activity and is viewed as capital for the start. The, just as toenails, are additionally cut as she dresses in a white fabric with her bosoms uncovered. Dots are likewise folded over her on the neck, wrists, and lower legs.
The following ceremony is the custom shower. Preferably, it should be performed almost a waterway or stream. In any case, on the other hand, in a circumstance where no waterway turns out to be streaming inside, water can be basically placed in a 'Yaawa' for a similar capacity.
Her head including her face is covered with a fabric as she gets conveyed to the stream or waterway. Once on the stream banks, the lady in control cautiously takes off her fabric and plunges her in the water for three sequential occasions as an uncommon supplication is made to the 'spirits of the water' educating them regarding their essence and reason.
The 'Brani' is then situated on a stool as lime is pressed so the juice trickles on her head. 'Eto' which is squashed sweet potato, an egg and three leaves of 'edwono' tree is tossed into the waterway. There are a few networks that go on and burry pieces of the finger and toes nails just as bits of hair at the stream bank.
This entire exercise is finished by four ladies and they utilize another wipe, lime squeeze, and cleanser to wash her. When she is perfect and 'changed' into a lady, she is wearing a rich kente fabric with a couple of new 'Ahenema' shoes to supplement her new look. Her haircut is again reshaped pleasantly. She is then conveyed home like a sovereign under a vivid umbrella as 'bragoro' tunes are sweetly sung.
At the point when she returns home, she is then brought into 'Anoka'- mouth contacting function. The food things are essentially elephant skin, banana, crushed sweet potato, bubbled eggs and cooked groundnuts. This is typically a commitment service. Drink is first poured to respect the precursors and afterward food things are placed into her mouth for her to taste. Every food is trailed by a petition. For example, when she tastes the elephant skin, the administering lady supplicates and says 'May the elephant give you her belly with the goal that you bear numerous kids'.
The start's head is then covered with a material as a bubbled egg is placed into her mouth. She needs to gulp down the egg as an entire without biting or gnawing it. She needs to do likewise with the squashed sweet potato. It is accepted that on the off chance that she chomps or bites any of those things she may get infertile!
Going to the peak of the service, there is one greater movement. She holds the hands of two kids, a kid, and a young lady. As indicated by the directions given to her, she tenderly deliveries her grasp on those youngsters as they race to a major bowl of eggs and pounded sweet potatoes. When the two touch the food, any remaining kids on the sideline additionally surge and scramble for it.
The start is then blindfolded and requested to contact two of the youngsters. It is accepted that on the off chance that she can contact a kid and young lady, she will have offspring of both genders.
The service reaches a conclusion with a dining experience for the start and her companions. There are merriment and joyful making noticeable all around. In the long run, after it has formally finished, the Sunday of the inception week is 'Ndaase', a thanksgiving day.
The recently changed lady dresses in a rich kente fabric and is joined by her companions who are similarly fashionable to the homes of individuals made the entire function a triumph
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