An Analysis of the Traditional Religious Thought and its Impact on Poverty: A Case Study of the Amansie Traditional Area, Ashanti Region, Ghana

Charles Owusu Ampofo

Issue: Vol.2  No.1 January 2021  Article 1 pp. 1 – 8
DOI : https://doi.org/10.38159/ehass.2021211  |   Published online 20th January 2021.
© 2021 The Author(s). This is an open access article under the CCBY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

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It is important to stress that, the Akan amongst many other cultures in Africa by their beliefs and practices, emphasize the individual and the societal wellbeing. Primarily, their idea of wholeness is seen to have been focused on mostly the material and spiritual needs of the human; that is, the complete satisfaction of all members of the community. The people of Amansie West Traditional Area, therefore, view poverty as undesirable and is frowned upon by society. However, the communities should help ease the stress and trauma of the poor. Such insight conforms with an old adage, wo yƆnko da ne wo da, which could in a way be literary translated as, “A friend in need is a friend indeed.” It is essential, then, to probe into the relationship that ever existed between the religio-cultural thoughts on poverty and the perceptible impact of poverty on the living conditions of the people in Amansie. The study consequently applied both qualitative and quantitative methods to extract relevant data from respondents. Semi-structured questionnaires were administered to relevant persons; an interview guide was developed to facilitate the personal interviews conducted with traditional leaders, townsfolks, religious leaders, opinion leaders, and other stakeholders. The findings among others were that poverty has a religio-cultural dimension; it is a spiritual and moral misfortune. The study recommends a Religio-Cultural Renaissance as a possible avenue to resuscitate and strengthen what otherwise looks like a dearth of religio-cultural practices of the community. A collaborative effort is therefore required by religious leaders and adherents, opinion leaders and townsfolks for sensitizing the people against cultural practices that promote poverty.

Keywords: Poverty, African Traditional Religion, Traditional leadership, Natural resources and Amansie West

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Charles Owusu Ampofo is an ordained minister of the Ghana Baptist Convention and is currently serving at the Victory Baptist Church, Kumasi-Ghana. Presently, he is the sitting president of the Baptist Ministers’ Conference and has in the past lectured at the Baptist Theological Seminary. He is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Religious Studies (KNUST), and holds a PGDE (UCC), MA. (ACT-Australia), and MPhil. (KNUST). He has research interests in exploring relationships between religion and environment, and religion and poverty.

Ampofo C.O., “An Analysis of the Traditional Religious Thought and its Impact on Poverty: A Case Study of the Amansie Traditional Area, Ashanti Region, Ghana,” E-Journal of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences 2, no.1 (2021): 1-8. https://doi.org/10.38159/ehass.2021211

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