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'Make a Complete Break With the Past.' Memory and Post-Colonial Modernity in Ghanaian Pentecostalist Discourse'

'Make a Complete Break With the Past.' Memory and Post-Colonial Modernity in Ghanaian... 'MAKE A COMPLETE BREAK WITH THE PAST.' MEMORY AND POST-COLONIAL MODERNITY IN GHANAIAN PENTECOSTALIST DISCOURSE' BY BIRGIT MEYER (Research Centre Religion & Society, University of Amsterdam) 'My grandmother no more celebrates the Homowo festival,' my friend Adwoa told me when we discussed the currently hotly debated question as to how modern Ghanaians could relate to their culture. The Homowo festival is the most important festival of the Ga, the traditional inhab- itants of Accra, in which they commemorate the end of a period of famine by mocking the hunger that tormented them before. Adwoa remembered well that, in her youth, the whole family would gather in her grandmother's house, a modern villa in the prestigious quarter of Labone (Accra), to celebrate Homowo and that the family elders would sprinkle food all around the house and pray to the ancestors as cus- tom would have it. Thus, to conduct a traditional festival in a highly modern context did not pose a problem as such. What makes all the difference now is that recently her grandmother, now in her eighties, be- came a member of one of the many pentecostalist churches' which have become increasingly popular all over Ghana. For http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Religion in Africa Brill

'Make a Complete Break With the Past.' Memory and Post-Colonial Modernity in Ghanaian Pentecostalist Discourse'

Journal of Religion in Africa , Volume 28 (3): 316 – Jan 1, 1998

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Brill
Copyright
© 1998 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
0022-4200
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1570-0666
DOI
10.1163/157006698X00044
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'MAKE A COMPLETE BREAK WITH THE PAST.' MEMORY AND POST-COLONIAL MODERNITY IN GHANAIAN PENTECOSTALIST DISCOURSE' BY BIRGIT MEYER (Research Centre Religion & Society, University of Amsterdam) 'My grandmother no more celebrates the Homowo festival,' my friend Adwoa told me when we discussed the currently hotly debated question as to how modern Ghanaians could relate to their culture. The Homowo festival is the most important festival of the Ga, the traditional inhab- itants of Accra, in which they commemorate the end of a period of famine by mocking the hunger that tormented them before. Adwoa remembered well that, in her youth, the whole family would gather in her grandmother's house, a modern villa in the prestigious quarter of Labone (Accra), to celebrate Homowo and that the family elders would sprinkle food all around the house and pray to the ancestors as cus- tom would have it. Thus, to conduct a traditional festival in a highly modern context did not pose a problem as such. What makes all the difference now is that recently her grandmother, now in her eighties, be- came a member of one of the many pentecostalist churches' which have become increasingly popular all over Ghana. For

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Published: Jan 1, 1998

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