The Future of Taboos in Indigenous Ghanaian Morality

Ron Macaulay  ORCID iD

Issue: Vol.6  No.7  October 2020 Issue  Article 1 pp. 334-340
DOI : https://doi.org/10.38159/erats.2020101    |   Published online 19th October 2020.
© 2020 The Author(s). This is an open access article under the CCBY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

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The problem that prompts this study is how cherished taboos that sustain communal life and instill morality in indigenous Ghanaian society are eroding fast before ‘our very eyes.’ This leads to the quest for some of the taboos, their places and the future in modern Ghanaian morality. To achieve this goal, the study blends ethical and theological methods as it adopts a qualitative technique in the analysis. It has been observed that taboos are assessed and therefore considered as irrational and superstitious ideas and sometimes retarding societal progress. Typical examples are to forbid working on a piece of land on a week-day which is seen to be retarding economic growth. Also, sex taboo rules that forbid sex in the bush, especially, on farmland and the bare floor are seen as primitive ideas. Parents are also afraid to advice their children to avoid marrying from families stigmatised by laziness, stealing, and cruelty. This study however recommends that taboos that are similar to Christian moral values such as marriage which is a sacred and social affair be encouraged. Furthermore, holistic moral conservation policies need to be implemented to enhance Ghanaian taboos as those that are evil are metamorphosed into acceptable forms of morality. This can only be achieved through intensive and effective teaching and learning. Finally, if moral education can be enforced at social gatherings, it will go a long way to inculcate or instill morality which could help generations unborn. This article fills the gap between taboo rules in indigenous Ghanaian morality and ethical principles in the Christian faith.

Keywords: Taboos, morality, modernisation, acculturation.

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Ron Macaulay holds a Master of Philosophy in Study of Religions Degree from the University of Ghana, Legon. He is a Minister of the Global Evangelical Church, a Lecturer and the Dean of Students at Global Theological Seminary, Accra, Ghana.

Macaulay, R.”The Future of Taboos in Indigenous Ghanaian Morality” E-Journal of Religious and Theological Studies, 6 no.7 (2020): 334 – 340 https://doi.org/10.38159/erats.2020101

© 2020 The Author(s). Published and Maintained by Noyam Publishers. This is an open access article under the CCBY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).