Insights into Past Ritual Practice at Yikpabongo, Northern Region, Ghana.

B. Kankpeyeng, N. Swanepoel, T. Insoll, S. Nkumbaan, S. Amartey, M. Saako

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    Varied interpretations have been provided for the figurine mound sites located in Koma Land and in the Mogduri District, Northern Region, Ghana, including that they represent burial mounds or shrines. In particular, the producers or affiliates of the mounds are unknown, as the traditions of the present inhabitants of the archaeological region dissociate themselves from the mounds. Current excavations of the mounds have provided considerable contextual information, leading the excavation team to hypothesise that the mounds are best understood within a shrine context and that the figurines, possibly representing ancestors or other beings, were used in ceremonies aimed at communicating with the supernatural world for healing or other purposes.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)475-499
    Number of pages24
    JournalAfrican Archaeological Review
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


    • Koma


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