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Trokosi’ - Slave of a Fetish: An Empirical Study

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dc.contributor.author Dzansi, D.Y.
dc.contributor.author Biga, P.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-08-03T13:13:00Z
dc.date.available 2018-08-03T13:13:00Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.issn 0972-639X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11462/1437
dc.description Published Article en_US
dc.description.abstract Trokosi meaning ‘slave of a fetish’ is an ancient cultural practice still in vogue among some tribes in parts of West Africa. It requires parents to offer their virgin daughters to serve as sex-slaves to fetish shrines in atonement for earlier sins committed by family members. Considered by opponents as outdated, apocalyptic, and outright human rights abuse, it is revered by adherents of the fetish system. In Ghana, the Trokosi law has officially abolished the practice but this has not deterred adherents. Combining literature study, participant observation and in-depth interviews with three key stakeholders in a southern part of Ghana, the study investigated the abusive nature of Trokosism, its effects on the ‘liberated’, and how to effectively combat it. The results suggest that the ‘liberated’ Trokosi were subjected to both physical and emotional abuse and denial of basic needs and rights. It however seems that the practice is abating. Since Trokosism (the Trokosi system) is based upon deep-seated beliefs, the most realistic strategy to combat it would be to educate practitioners and communities on human rights as well as through negotiation. en_US
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dc.format.mimetype Application/PDF
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Studies of Tribes and Tribals en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Vol 12;No 1
dc.subject Trokosi. Trokosism en_US
dc.subject Slave of a Fetish en_US
dc.subject Human Rights Abuse en_US
dc.subject Sexual en_US
dc.subject Physically Abuse en_US
dc.title Trokosi’ - Slave of a Fetish: An Empirical Study en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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