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GHANA - Ashanti, the gold religion
Photos: Bruno Zanzottera
For Africans, gold is the metal of metals, unchangeable and eternal. As a living being, gold does not live in nature but moves around the earth. It can make itself visible and invisible. The Ashanti gave the Sacred Stool, a golden artefact, the task of uniting the peoples and creating a great kingdom through the priest Okomfo Anokyie, who made it fall from the sky into the arms of king Osei Tutu. Since then, the Stool is the Nation’s symbol and is only shown during important ceremonies. Ashanti festivals are the externalisation of the rituality expressed through the gold which, worn in abundance, the king shows to his subjects as a sign of power and authority. In fact, it’s with gold that the secret pact between king and religion is sealed.
My time in Tobago is always a little work, lots of play and a ton load of magic.
As much as I love the Northeast the Caribbean girl in me dreams of living in the islands again someday. Visits are brilliant, but imagine getting to wake up to tropic warmth every morning? I get the shivers if it drops below 70 degrees. Forget airconditioning - I LOVE the heat. The things I took for granted for so many years, oui.
Escaped to Trinidad for a whole three days with the family for a good girlfriend’s wedding. Think I gained five pounds in one evening because the food was outrageous. Not that I expected any less from a cook that comes from an A+++ chinee food restaurant background. Managed to squeeze in a day at Maracas with the bridal party and my child before heading back North.
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Visiting Luise is always a highlight of our trips to Tobago. You couldn’t wish for a more talented lady, or a more brilliant, outspoken and resilient character.
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