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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There are no rituals performed in homes. The solemn procession resumes with feztival of the courtiers carrying wooden tray believed to contain, among other things all the ills and curses of the state.

The day ends with merry making after the durbar. The attire sets him apart from all the other chiefs who wear gold ornaments.

Bakatue Festival

The sounding of the Royal State drum Aketsewta warns people to take cover and give way to the deity. Please enter the link of the website. Nana Conduah VI called on all citizens to celebrate but in moderation. Privacy Policy This policy contains information about your privacy.


Edwin Nii Lante Vanderpuye urged the people to prioritise environmental cleanliness which is key to good health.

Retrieved 27 December Politically it calls or peace and unity for the inhabitants of Elmina town and peaceful co existence between Elmina Township and its baoatue traditional allegiance settlements.

This is used to remember your inputs. The Omanhen and his elders must witness the ceremony. After the procession and the giving of various addresses by select chiefs and invited guest, the chief priest casts his net three times into the Brenya Lagoon.


Retrieved 29 December The willful neglect of this expensive obligation may force a defaulter to hakatue into banishment, as non performance of the purification rite is sacrilegious.

Bakatue Festival – Wikipedia

That a Shrine was to be constructed by Amankwa in honour of Nana Benya which was to be the consecrated abode of the tutelary deity and from which Nana Benya would be invoked in times of need. The ritual of Bakatue is centered on the Shrine, Fetish Priests and the Omanhen and his elders up to the Iibation on the lagoon embankment.

Please enter the email address. He said, the August national sanitation day will be the turn of central region, and hoped that all would join to make the exercise a big success. The day is married to various engagements in war with states, which were hostile particularly the last Edina Fante war which was fought on Tuesday, 26 Festtival, This policy is subject to change at any time and without notice.

He also expressed his appreciation for the ongoing construction of the Bridge over the Benya Lagoon and the fish processing factory which are nearing completion. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

The exchange of yarn and festiva between Eguafo and Edina respectively at this material time is a pointer of the historical close-knit unity of the two fdstival areas. The trained and experienced observer can tell which god is on the ascendancy by the dancing style of the priest on floor. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

He pleaded with HE John Mahama to restore the payment to enable him fund his educational fund to support needy but brilliant pupils and students within the Traditional Area. Festivals in Ghana Elmina.

By posting, you are declaring that you understand this policy: A state proclamation is made by means of gong gong the traditional stool — to — people information giving by which. This once a year meeting has withstood the test of time and though Benya has been met and consulted without ceremony in times of need, whenever this meeting is executed with ceremony, the result is the Bakatue Festival.


Your name, rating, website address, town, country, state and comment will be publicly displayed if entered. These terms and conditions are subject to change at any time and without notice. Administrative purposes, should a need to contact you arise. In fesfival olden days fesstival sacred shrine itself danced to the rhythmical drumming.

By submitting a comment, you are declaring that you agree with these rules:. Observers who fesival the first Dombo take a turn at the second but generally no in habitant wants to miss any. It has mounted on it a white flag always facing easterly direction symbolising the glorious victory over the Fantes in the war of Retrieved from ” https: 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.

Please enter at least one item. The Bakatue Festival is celebrated by the chiefs and peoples of Elmina in the Central region of Ghana. Views Read Edit View history. You agree not to post any material which is knowingly false, obscene, hateful, threatening, harassing or invasive of a person’s privacy. Notify me of new comments via email.