A Socio-economic and Religious Analysis of the Adesiedeɛ (Burial Items) Rite in Akan Dɔteyie (Pre-burial Funeral)

Isaac Boaheng

Issue: Vol.5  No.8 October 2023 Article 1  pp. 125-136
DOI : https://doi.org/10.38159/motbit.2023581  |   Published online 4th October, 2023
© 2023 The Author(s). This is an open access article under the CCBY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).


The reality of death is attested by everyday experiences in all human societies. Whilst death is a universal phenomenon, the rites associated with dying, death and funeral differ from society to society. The Akan community of Ghana performs many rites from the time that one’s death is imminent till the final funeral rites are performed, and even afterward. One such rite is the presentation of Adesiedeɛ (burial items). Whilst there are many publications about Akan funeral rites, Adesiedeɛ has not received any significant scholarly attention. This study was, therefore, conducted to examine adesiedeɛ rite from an Akan socio-religious perspective. It is an empirical research that collected data through participant observations, field surveys and interviews. The paper argued that Akan funeral rituals associated with laying-in-state and burying of the corpse are deeply rooted in the Akan belief in ancestors and the desire of the living Akan to maintain a good relationship with the supernatural. The paper found a close correlation between the Akan socio-economic and religious worldview and the rite of presenting Adesiedeɛ. The research contributes to studies on Akan cultural and primal religion.

Keywords: Adesiedeɛ, Akan, Ancestors, Dɔteyie, Funeral

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Isaac Boaheng (PhD) is a Senior Lecturer in Theology and Christian Ethics at the Christian Service University College, Ghana. He is also a Research Fellow at the Department of Biblical and Religion Studies, University of the Free State, South Africa. Boaheng is an Ordained Minister of the Methodist Church Ghana serving the Suame Circuit of the Kumasi Diocese.

Boaheng, Isaac. “A Socio-economic and Religious Analysis of the Adesiedeɛ (Burial Items) Rite in Akan Dɔteyie (Pre-burial Funeral),” Journal of Mother-Tongue Biblical Hermeneutics and Theology 5, no.8(2023):125-136. https://doi.org/10.38159/motbit.2023581

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