Sacrificing Items to angry-gods
Fetish priests, priestesses, and the entire chiefs of the
Gomoa Akyempim Traditional Council have performed
rituals to appease the gods of Apam.
The ritual comes after a group of teenagers drowned
in the Apam sea on Sunday, March 7.
For the traditional rulers, the customary rites have to
be carried out since the incident is unprecedented
and the gods must be pacified.
After consultation from the gods, Queen mother of Apam,
Nana Essel Botchwey III, revealed that the gods have
demanded a fat cow, three sheep, 12 fowls, 33 tubers
of yam and three cartons of schnapps among others.
This, according to her, must be presented to Nananom
before the remaining bodies, which have still not been found,
will be discovered.
In an interview with Adom News, she indicated that the
gods were very angry because the children were
swimming at where the gods bath.
“Nananom made it clear they were angry so it was a must for
us to come here today to do this ritual. And we are happy that
everything went well because the first fowl we sacrificed
was accepted by our gods.
“We are also cleansing all cursed and bad omen that looming
at Apam and the family of the teenagers we lost,”
she told Adom News’ Kofi Adjei.
On his part, Sumankwahene of Gomoa Akyempim Traditional Council,
Nana Okofo Annan, cautioned residents, particularly children
to respect customary laws.
He noted that the story of the youngsters, who drowned,
should serve as a lesson to others in the area.
The Oshihene of Gomoa Akyempim Traditional Council,
Nana Okofo Ohene Ampofo, said he was yet to recover
from the shock of the incident.
He said the traditional council, as part of its way to protect
children in the area from meeting the same fate,
will put a ban on children from swimming.