The Multiplicity of Ahonhom (Spirits) in the Akan Spiritual Cosmology

E. M. Kwapong Koranteng-Green


African tradition and thought consider spirits to be elements of power, force, authority, and vital energy underlying all existence. There is therefore this huge fear of what goes on in the unseen world since spirits are known to operate in this realm. Invisible though this power may be, Africans perceive it directly. This has led to the adoption of all manner of strategies in order to get closer to Onyankopɔn, ‘the Supreme Being’ so that the necessary support and protection may be received. Without the spirits, the Akan feels that there is no way to reach God. In this paper I will discuss the role of Onyankopɔn, ‘the Supreme Being’ and some other spirit beings in the Akan spiritual cosmology and the various roles they play in the affairs of human.

Key words: Onyankopɔn, ahonhom, Akan, ancestors, deities, spirits, abosom

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