History has it that the mystic significance of the Bakatue festival is to bring all sons and daughters of Edinaman together in a very unique way. Nana Kojo Conduah VI said this during a grand durbar of chiefs and people of Elmina on the 11th July to climax this year’s Bakatue Festival, in the. Bakatue Festival. Literally translated to mean “opening up of the Benya Lagoon into the sea”, Bakatue symbolizes the beginning of a fishing season, which is.

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Apart from boosting tourism, clean environment would also make them live healthy life and prolong their lifespan. Please enter the link of the website. A fishing net was cast on his orders for the first time in a month to signify the lifting of the ban on fishing. It also portrays the rich cultural heritage which spiritually inspires Edinaman as a people with a common ancestral descent.

In the olden days the sacred shrine itself danced to the rhythmical drumming. All the fish that is caught by the net, during the ceremony, is offered to the gods as a symbol to thank them for the harvest. Remember my form inputs on this computer. Consequently, tradition bskatue widow to cleanse themselves by terminating.

Bakatue Festival

It has puzzled many in view of the obvious fact that unlike stagnant lagoon which needs to be dug and opened up by artificial means when inundated. It is a festival, which has for us a sacred upliftment of hearts. The royal procession passes through the principal streets of Elmina and stops for a brief period of time at the sacred shrine where final purification ceremonies are performed. Several revellers and holiday makers including foreigners thronged Elmina feetival join in the merry making.

The self-manifesting deity made human company with Amankwa for eight day period at the expiration of which a covenant was concluded between man and god. Kwa Amankwa bowed and worshipped and in the solemn silence there suddenly appeared before him a god animate of the Lagoon now called river Benya. These terms and conditions are subject to change at any time and without notice. That a Shrine was to be constructed by Amankwa in honour of Nana Benya which was to be the consecrated abode of the destival deity and from which Nana Benya would be invoked in times of destival.


The term Bakatue therefore is only ironically applied and no Implements are necessary or employed to effect the opening into the sea as it is a tidal lagoon. Festkval Ghana and Cultural Sites. This resounding of the third and final Dombo takes us to Tuesday morning the much-awaited day.

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State Courtiers and all concerned citizens take their right positions and get themselves ready to watch the drumming and dancing and to consult the oracle and answer spiritual enquiries when necessary.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The drum also plays a very important role in the invocation ceremony. There was boat racing competitions on the lagoon whilst various bakarue oriented cultural troupes sang traditional songs.

The Bakatue Festival is celebrated bakarue the chiefs and peoples of Elmina in the Central region of Ghana. The Dutch reported existence of the festival at least as far back as and was mentioned in a report by Governor Nagtglas in After which there is the riding on the lagoon by women in Kente cloth and local festive headgears.

Aside from bakague data entered into these form fields, other stored data about your comment will include: He pleaded with HE Bakatuw Mahama to restore the payment to enable him fund his educational fund to support needy but brilliant pupils and students within the Traditional Area. At the appropriate time the 77 states gods descend simultaneously and, spiritually possessing the performing priest, direct and control his actions and utterances.

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The Omanhen and his bakqtue must witness the ceremony. You acknowledge that all comments express the views and opinions of the original author and not those of the administrator.

It is an annual festival, observe by the chiefs and people of Elmina in the Central Region of Ghana. Observers who missed the first Dombo take a turn at the fedtival but generally no in habitant wants to miss any.

Privacy Policy This policy contains information about your privacy. Before the celebration of the festival a – six week ban on fishing in the Benya Lagoon is affected as well as a ban on drumming and any form of noise making. Nana Conduah VI took the bakaue to call on the president HE John Mahama to restore payment of monies accrued from the Elmina castle to the Edina Traditional council immediately bakatke help Edinaman develop. Bakatue falls on the first Tuesday of July the month of Ayewoho each year.

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